The MTF (Melbourne Transport Forum) is using social media to drive a community discussion. The MTF blog says the trains are full, the freeways jammed and Melbourne needs a better public transport plan.
HOW IS MTF USING SOCIAL MEDIA? There has been plenty of info and discussion on pt4me2, myspace and You Tube, and they have backed this up with a series of well-attended public meetings in the run-up to Victoria’s end of year State election.
HOW IS MTF ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY? They’re asking Melburnians to visit the website to say how public transport can be improved to make it work for you too.
THE SLOGAN More trains, extended rail lines, trams that are easier to board, safety at stations – whatever will get you to say pt4me2 more often.
ABOUT THE FORUMS
The MTF public transport coalition forums across Melbourne have been allowing people to hear what their local candidates want done about public transport in their area. Hundreds of people have attended to talk about the future of transport in the city and about how we can make Melbourne and Victoria more sustainable.
The MTF is a local government interest group for transport in metropolitan Melbourne and it has been established for 18 years.
Currently eighteen metropolitan local governments make up the membership with each member nominating both a councillor and officer delegate. There are also twenty associate members from across the transport sector.
The MTF works towards effective, efficient and equitable transport in metropolitan Melbourne by providing a forum for debate, research and policy development, and sharing and disseminating information to improve transport choices.
The MTF meets monthly to discuss transport topics of current interest and also distributes information across the sector, hosts events of topical interest, makes submissions to government and conducts research to better inform policy.
It also fosters relationships with state government agencies to better represent local governments’ viewpoint, establish partnerships and improve project delivery.
From time to time the MTF may advocate to state or federal government on behalf of its member local governments. In such cases the views presented are independent of the views of the associate members.
Sounds like genuine consultation – any comments?