Aggregate public transport service level trends in Melbourne

Objectives

  • To measure aggregate urban public transport provision in Melbourne from 2001-02 to 2016-17
  • To explore if and how urban public transport provision has kept pace with population growth.

Method

  • Compilation of public transport vehicle kilometres (by mode) and urban population data for Melbourne by year
  • Comparison of public transport vehicle kilometres per capita by year.

Key results

Public transport service provision per capita has been declining since 2011-12 in Melbourne.
Fig. 1 Public transport timetabled kilometres per year by mode in Melbourne (indexed: 2001-02 = 100)

Data sources: Public Transport Victoria & Victorian Department of Transport Annual Reports, Victorian Parliament Budget Papers.

Fig. 2 Public transport timetabled kilometres per capita per year in Melbourne

Data sources: Public Transport Victoria & Victorian Department of Transport Annual Reports, Victorian Parliament Budget Papers, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  • Total urban public transport service provision in Melbourne increased by 50% since 2001-02, although bus service provision recorded a decline in 2013-14
  • Melbourne experienced a net increase in public transport service provision per capita between 2001-02 and 2016-17; however, this has been declining since 2011-12
  • Monitoring public transport service levels per capita over time provides a useful way of determining whether public transport provision is keeping pace with population growth.

Presentations

Currie, G. (2016) Melbourne Transport Problems & Progress – Ideas for Bold Politicians, presented to Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering (ATSE), Parliamentary Briefing, Melbourne, October 2016.