"Plans for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel have been dusted off and relaunched after years of inaction on what could be the state's largest public transport project.
Immediate funding of $40 million has been made available by the Andrews government to begin planning the twin rail tunnel through Melbourne's CBD with five new stations.
But the project ultimately remains dependent on billions of dollars in federal funding, with Premier Daniel Andrews conceding he was no closer to securing any Canberra cash for Melbourne Metro from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rejects a federal role for funding urban rail.
Nevertheless, a tentative opening date of 2026 was given for the project, with construction expected to begin in 2018."
At least it's a start....