A public transport network is an integrated, cohesive set of train, tram and bus services, suitable for all ages and abilities, enabling people to get to any destination in the city.


Our public transport network delivers the following benefits:

  • Enables local residents to easily access local traders, making Yarra better for business,
  • Enables those who wish to use public transport to do, thus reducing congestion and making Yarra better for cars,
  • Helps get cars off the road, thus improving road safety, and
  • Helps people in the City of Yarra respond to our climate emergency.

Principal Public Transport Network

The Principal Public Transport Network (PPTN) is managed by the State Government Department of Transport:

Image credit: Department of Transport
Image credit: Department of Transport

Network coverage

The Principal Public Transport Network covers most of the City of Yarra.

Image credit: www.planning.vic.gov.au

Reduced parking requirements

Land within 400 metres of public transport on the Principal Public Transport Network (PPTN), which is most of the City of Yarra, has reduced requirements for car parking.


Problems with Yarra’s public transport network include:

  • Trams are overcrowded
  • Trams are delayed by cars
  • Most trams stops aren’t level access, or DDA compliant
  • Boarding or disembarking from trams risks being hit by a car
  • Most tram and bus stops don’t offer much protection from inclement weather
  • Footpaths leading to tram & bus stops are too narrow, sloping or uneven

What Yarra can do

Yarra can support public transport by:

  • Advocate for more frequent tram & bus services
  • Advocate for smart traffic light signalling to give priority to trams and buses
  • Advocate for demand responsive driving charges, to reduce the effect of cars slowing trams
  • Building wider, smoother footpaths and raised threshold treatments, making it easier to walk or roll to public transport stops
  • Convert all LAPM areas to 30 km/h superblocks, making it more pleasant to walk or roll to public transport stops
  • Re-locate shopper parking to the first 5-10 bays on side streets adjacent to shopping streets, so shopping streets have more space to support level-access public transport stops
  • Limit all-day parking immediately adjacent to train stations, so people are encouraged to walk, cycle or roll to the train instead of driving

Guidance from the Rail Futures Institute

The Rail Futures Institute has published the Melbourne Rail Plan 2050 (free to download), describing a detailed plan to invest $5 billion per year in our public transport network.

Design guides

Learn more from this collection of design guides, including “A Very Public Solution” by Paul Mees:


Supporters of public transport across greater Melbourne include the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) and the Rail Futures Institute.

Image credit: PTUA

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