The Council looks to speed gains made in Munich for inspiration: Munich’s ten year program separated trams from traffic, gave them priority at signalised intersections and optimised stop spacing.
The reports says these changed improved average tram speeds from about 16km/h to 21km/h, leading to greater reliability and punctuality and increased patronage.
The Council proposes a similar program be implemented in Melbourne.
The Council envisages new tracks/routes along Dynon Road, Graten Street and into Fishermans Bend.
Proposed movement of some routes from the St Kilda Road – Swanston Street corridor to the west of the city would take pressure off the existing spine and improve accessibility to the west of the city centre.
Tram improvement is not only required in the city centre.
The need for tram priority extends to most areas of the city such as Brunswick and Smith Streets, Sydney Road and Chapel Street.
The State Government needs to take bold action to prioritise trams in Melbourne.
They could start by removing the ability to park in activity-centered streets, implement tram-only lanes, and allow car and bike access to the sides.
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