Is a modal shift to public transport an effective way to reduce road traffic congestion pressures?
I’ve discussed this issue in a few posts, but I think the following simple chart pretty much sums it all up:
You can see a significant change in both trends from around 2004 onwards.
Arguably public transport mode shift has been the most effective method for relieving congestion pressures in Melbourne in the last five years.
That is not to say traffic congestion has been solved or significantly eased, but it would likely have become much worse if road traffic volumes had continued to grow after 2004-05.