About 200 people participated in Public Transport Victoria’s annual Try Before You Ride safety and education event recently
About 200 people participated in Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV’s) annual Try Before You Ride passenger safety and education event at Box Hill in Melbourne recently.
“We had seniors, parents with children and people with disabilities, including groups from disability organisations and specialist schools,” a PTV spokesperson says.
“The feedback we received from participants really affirms that events like these are vital to building the confidence and independence of our passengers.”
The event is designed to provide people of all abilities the opportunity to familiarise themselves with public transport. Each year, Victorian public transport operators come together to give customers access to a range of stationary vehicles as part of familiarisation and basic travel training.
Participants have a chance to boost their confidence by practising how to board and alight a low-floor tram, low-floor bus, train, coach and accessible taxi.
PTV and operator staff, including drivers, authorised officers and customer service staff were there on the day to answer questions, and disability advocacy groups also attended. Operators involved included Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, Bus Association Victoria, Transdev (Bus), V/Line (Coach), the Taxi Services Commission and Travellers Aid Australia.
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane says the Government is committed to making public transport simple, easy and accessible to everyone.
“We are working with operators, partners and the community to develop an inclusive public transport system accessible to all Victorians,” he says.
Above: Ventura supervisor Andrew Fairhall and Transdev driver trainer Mark Holley at the PTV Try Before You Ride day at Box Hill