THE Victorian Government last week introduced legislation to establish Transport for Victoria (TfV) – a new overarching transport agency to coordinate Victoria's road and public transport system and plan for its future.
Like Transport for London and other transport agencies around the world, TfV will bring together the planning, management and coordination of Victoria's transport system, including VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria.
"This is the first step towards a simpler, more coordinated transport system for Victoria, where our road and public transport networks work together to get people home safer and sooner," said Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan.
"A single transport agency will be vital as Victoria grows and we deliver the biggest transport overhaul in Victoria's history – removing 50 level crossings, delivering the Western Distributor and building the Metro Tunnel."
TfV will coordinate services while the government's infrastructure program is delivered, and provide a single source of information for transport users to make it easier for people to plan their journey.
The legislation also transfers V/Line's operations – currently controlled by a proprietary limited company – to V/Line Corporation.
Passengers will not notice any change as a result of this transfer, but it will allow V/Line Pty Ltd to be wound up, and ensures the ongoing public ownership of V/Line.
"The number of people using our road and public transport networks is growing every year. Transport for Victoria will help us manage this growth by better coordinating all aspects of our transport system," said Roads Minister Roads Luke Donnellan.
"It will provide a single source of information for motorists and passengers, and help keep Melbourne moving while we deliver the major road and public transport projects Victoria needs."