So, until now, my project’s goals have been based around:
– improving the road network’s usage by altering the size, shape and usage patterns of the vehicles on it inside the city
– catering to people’s basic desires and conveniences
– proposing the city-going road-based personal vehicle as competition for public transport
I’ve come to realise this won’t work.
The future of Melbourne can’t ignore public transport; the Melbourne 2012 Transport Strategy says so (http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/PlansandPublications/strategies/Pages/transportstrategy.aspx), Paul Mees of Melbourne’s MIT says so (http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/assets/sm/4499/61/paper10-Mees.pdf), as do countless others. But car-culture – a culture based on having a personal means of transport on hand at all times – can’t be eradicated. The societal backlash would be nothing short of torrential.
So private and public transport have to cooperate. In a literal sense, this could mean driving onto a car-train and having that bullet you into the city. Or, more realistically, it could mean that Melbourne’s public transport system – indeed, what will become its only system in 20 to 30 years in the CBD – will incorporate fixed-line, mass transit and unfixed, dispersed transit as parts of a single entity.
That entity is what my project will focus on. Freeflow, as I’ve dubbed it, won’t argue against changed modes of transit; it will be one of the fundamental principles of travelling into the centre of Melbourne in 2030.