Every great city has its own unique characteristics – aspects that are part of its identity.

Paris, New York, Hong Kong, London, and Melbourne – all well known for a variety of reasons, yet each with their own unique traits that set them apart.

While these characteristics contribute greatly to their popularity, another vital element is their well-planned infrastructure – creating cities that provide their citizens and visitors with accessible, sustainable and affordable living.

Safe and thriving neighbourhoods, a productive economy, vibrant public spaces, interconnected communities, cultural and business opportunities – all these help make up a liveable city.

One of the essential elements that underpins this success is public transport.

The issue of public transport and roads is increasingly problematic for Melbourne, and Victoria.

As the current State Government’s inability to fix both our roads and our public transport becomes apparent, it’s clear that Melbourne is being left behind.

Our public transport system is lagging in comparison with the rest of the world. It simply cannot cope with the surging population, ageing infrastructure and gaps in connectivity.

According to the most recent Sustainable Cities Mobility Index (2017), Melbourne’s public transport system languishes at 55th place in comparison to the rest of the world – embarrassing really, when you consider that Melbourne is recognised as the world’s most liveable city.

Meanwhile international cities effectively and seamlessly transport thousands of people daily with public transport systems that put Melbourne’s antiquated system to shame.

Hong Kong, Zurich, Paris, Seoul, Prague, Vienna, London, Singapore, Stockholm and Frankfurt round out the top 10 public transport systems of all the worlds cities. These cities not only recognise the importance of public transport – they also recognise the significant benefits that an efficient, well-planned public transport system provides.

Victoria’s public transport system is unable to keep up with the rising growth in population.