Having just read this policy summary it makes a lot of sense.
Interested in your views Mike. To open the links in 3 stages does make a lot sense. Once Geelong to Ballarat is up and running (makes no comment about the stations on that section) then the work can push on to Maryborough to Castlemaine.
I am assuming a vlocity service would be the best way to approach the service.
Agreed. It makes a lot of sense to re-open the links in three stages, the first stage obviously between Ballarat and Geelong.
Comprehensive surveying should take place and community meetings to gauge demand.Start off as a regular bus service though and watch numbers grow...
The number of private cars that travel between Ballarat and Geelong every morning is testament to the probability of a successful first stage. The introduction of a frequent V/Line service will in all likelihood induce increased travel overall.
One concern is intending bus pax don't like waiting at cold and windy bus stops which have no facilities, however pax will wait in a waiting shelter on a platform, particularly if their car is parked at the adjacent off-street car park.
Bus stops don't normally have car parks, only adjacent street parking and it's unlikely too much $$ would be spent on creating bus stop infrastructure as a trial when the real increase in pax numbers would come from the introduction of a frequent (hourly?) service.
IMHO the limitations of Geelong's three platforms will become apparent if a rail service is eventually re-introduced from Ballarat.
I attended a Greens fundraiser in Ballan recently with their candidate for the Western Victoria Region (Upper House). He seemed quite switched on and as an engineer he was interested in my profession of records management. He was most interested in matters pertaining to public transport, among other things and this particular seat is easily winnable with a small swing.
The Greens are hoping to obtain the balance of power in Victoria in the Upper House.