Welcome to the Metropolitan Transport Forum
The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) is an advocacy group comprising members from Melbourne metropolitan local government, associate members representing transport companies, and participants from the State Government and environment groups.
MTF event Bus Matters
As a lead event for the MTF bus advocacy program for 2017/2018 the MTF hosted a forum on Tuesday 31st October focussing on what can be done to help buses play a greater role in the local transport mix. An interesting line up of speakers provided valuable insight into the bus sector as follows:
- Professor Graham Currie, Monash University,
- Dr Chris Lowe, Bus Association of Victoria
- Rene Lalabande, Transdev (international transport operator managing a large sector of Melbourne's buses)
- Dr Elliot Fishman, Institute of Sensible Transport
A workshop organised by Phillip Boyle and Associates (PBA) followed in the afternoon working through the many issues to do with buses and concentrating into some common themes of importance to all member councils. These will be carried on for future advocacy. See presentations and workshop summary.
Meetings in 2017 - meeting topics as follow
- February: Tony Murphy, Port of Melbourne, on new Webb Dock
- March: Graham Currie, Professor of Public Transport, Monash University
- April: Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
- May: John Merritt, CEO, VIcRoads
- June: Elliot Fishman, Institute of Sensible Tranport
- July: Peter Sammut, Western Distributor Authority
- August: Corey Hannet, Office of Major Projects
- September: Jaison Hoernel, Good Cycles (on oBikes)
- October: Ryan Smith, Shadow Minister for Transport
- November: Knowles Tivendale, Phillip Boyle and Associates, bus workshop
- December: Mike Houghton, CEO, Metro Trains.
The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) is an advocacy group
comprising members from Melbourne metropolitan local government,
associate members representing transport companies, and participants
from the State Government and environment groups.
The MTF endeavours to promote effective, efficient and equitable transport in metropolitan Melbourne and improved transport choices by
- providing a forum for debate among members of the transport sector
- encouraging information sharing among member local governments
- representing local government viewpoint to decision makers
- fostering and sponsoring research on occasion
- seeking to influence transport policy and project implementation in the broader metropolitan interest
- working with local government counterparts
- enabling networking and collaboration between local and state government
- disseminating information on transport topics.
The MTF holds a regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of the month which includes a presentation on a transport topic of interest and relevance to local governments. Meetings are open to all, please contact email@example.com if interested to attend.
The year to date
Presentations for the early part of the year have been as follows. Presentations, and minutes which contain a summary of the presentations are on the website
- February 1st, Tony Murphy, Port of Melbourne, presented on new development at Webb Dock
- March 1st, Graham Currie, Professor of Public Transport, Monash University, presenting on state of buses - networks, patronage, opportunities - in Melbourne
- April 5th, Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria, presenting on the 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria and the transport projects recommended for Melbourne Note the MTF Officer Bearers and Executive for 2017 (as elected at the February meeting) are as follows:
Chair: Cr Martin Zakharov (City of Maribyrnong)
Deputy Chair: Cr Tom Melican (City of Banyule)
Treasurer: Cr. Jackie Fristacky (City of Yarra)
Secretary: Paul Hamilton (City of Casey)
Cr Clarke Martin (City of Bayside)
Cr Paul McLeish (City of Manningham)
Cr Andrew Munroe (City of Whitehorse)
Clare Davey (City of Boroondara)