Yep granted all the Coalition did is build a few stations and the Bayside Rail Project, which I have mentioned before about their poor record. Labor's Record on PT isnt great as well after 11 Years either.No, you can't compare them at all - the Liberals were much worse. Labor made mistakes but at least things got done: Despite the flaws with Regional Fast Rail the interurban rail system got enormous amounts of money spent on track renewal and new signalling with a huge increase in services and a brand new interurban train fleet. And Regional Rail Link is opening soon; we'll get to see if that actually makes a difference to the West and Geelong - probably it will have been worth the wait.
Again - you have to ask what Denis and Ted accomplished in their four years and the answer is (pretty much) zero. That's despite the fact that Melbourne grew by an additional 400,000 in that time.
And your arguments against building a metro line down Swanston Street (cut and cover or not) are facile. If we didn't build things because 'they might be disruptive' then nothing will ever get done.
Melbourne city is not the same quiet sleepy hollow that it used to be after dark - there's huge amounts of people using public transport in the city after hours and all weekend that completely justify this much-needed expansion in cross-city rail capacity. To deny the city this vital increase is going to condemn us all to jam-packed trams up and down the CBD all week long and well into the night; I think if we aspire to be a 'world city' then it's time to start providing the (usually excellent) public transit systems required of a world city.