About Transport for Victoria
Transport for Victoria is a new transport agency that is coordinating Victoria's growing transport system and planning for its future.
Like Transport for London and similar agencies in major cities around the world, Transport for Victoria brings together the planning, managing and coordinating of Victoria's transport system and its agencies, including VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria.
In time, it will provide a single source for information about our road, train, tram, bus, taxi and freight networks, making it simpler and easier for Victorians to get the transport information they need.
Transport for Victoria will also plan for the future of Victoria's transport system, ensuring it grows as the community, economy and technology changes.
The creation of Transport for Victoria is the realisation of the aims of the Transport Integration Act.
Victoria is growing and changing at a fast pace
Victoria is facing a period of intense growth and change, with the population predicted to reach ten million by 2051.
That is why the government is building Melbourne Metro, removing 50 level crossings, constructing the West Gate Tunnel and investing in high capacity trains to move more people and reduce congestion on our roads.
In addition to these infrastructure investments, an integrated transport approach to Victoria's transport system is needed to continue to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Victoria needs a transport system able to move many more people and goods in and around Melbourne and the State, connecting people to jobs and services in their communities, moving goods through our gateways and onto markets.
Meeting these challenges is possible if the transport system is planned, developed and operated on an integrated basis across all transport modes.
That is why Transport for Victoria has been established.
Planning to provide greater choice
Bringing the portfolio strategy functions together under Transport for Victoria enables integrated network planning across all forms of transport. Choke points on the system, such as traffic congestion can be addressed in many ways and one of them is encouraging people to shift to other modes of transport. For example, increasing car or bike parking at train stations can change how people choose to travel. This can cut congestion and create greater system efficiencies.
Transport modes need to be complementary and not in competition with each other to deliver the best result and highest return on investment. Transport for Victoria will focus on moving people and goods generally, rather than relying on just one transport mode. For example, the changes required for bus priority are very different to those required to increase throughput of cars and trucks. Tackling both at once, with one route favouring buses and one favouring private vehicles could reduce delays for both.
A road accident can create severe disruption and motorists may hear about it on the radio or other media, but have little information about alternative ways to travel. Over time, Transport for Victoria will provide a single source of real-time information on how road, rail and bus networks are operating. It may be quicker to switch to public transport to avoid traffic congestion or vice versa.
Safety and service
Regional Victorians, especially young drivers, have a higher probability of being seriously injured on our roads. We are making significant investments to improve road safety but that is only one response. Providing other transport options is a way to reduce risk while improving services. A better response may be to provide more buses to get people home from regional centres. A shift in approach requires a shift in thinking, from traditional roads versus public transport, to integrate our planning and investment.
Being more responsive
Under the current arrangements, something as simple as reporting a pothole can be a frustrating exercise. If a bus hits a pothole at a V/Line station it is difficult to know who to ring and people are understandably annoyed at being passed between agencies. Over time, Transport for Victoria will become a clear point for such enquiries.
Find out more
Learn about the strategies that guide how we plan our transport network by visiting the Planning our transport system page.
Page last reviewed on 30 August 2017