On that train of thought, how long will it take to get the hardened car driver onto PT and will it be the price of fuel or total blockage of the roads that does it? And which will come first? It is an interesting dichotomy, cannot wait to see what the answer is.
Where do we begin? Driving is faster and more convenient than PT for most trips, which is the crux of it:
*Rail service speed is too slow, especially to outer areas and for trams
*Bus service speed is too low due to convoluted routes
*Frequency is too low, making travel or connections impossible
*Non-existent bus services in most areas or poor routes
*PT is not necessarily cheaper particularly short trips or across zones
I rarely use PT for these exact reasons - most journeys would be twice as long, and that's assuming the times line up perfectly (ie. I'm not there half an hour before I actually want to be due to limited frequency).
it good for at the moment?
*Peak travel to the CBD and inner city, and off-peak travel to the CBD
*Recreational travel whilst over the legal alcohol limit
*Travel for those who can't drive
*Travel for those who can't afford to drive, be it parking, or car running costs (eg. rego)
Ie. Sweet feck all.
To make it useful you need:
*High frequencies, particularly metrofication of the inner rail system
*All day express services to outer areas
*Rationalisation of excessive stops, particularly trams and buses
*Total restructuring of bus network for fast cross-suburban travel (ie. grid network)
*Easier connection between services
*Better zonal pricing structure
Notice how PTUA waste their time on useless things like Dumbcaster Rail.
Grade seps are not going to increase train speed or frequency
You can't run high frequency rail services with level crossings on arterials.