Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Marketing Public Transport - International Competition


The UITP Marketing Awards aim to reward creativity in the field of communication and adver­tising. The objective is to highlight creativity and innovation aimed at inducing a positive percep­tion of the general public and ensuring that the users themselves feel a sense of pride when using public transport.

The Programme Committee of the Marketing Conference had the difficult task to select the 10 finalists amongst more than 60 campaigns coming from Asia, Australia, Latin America, North America and Europe.

To increase the campaigns’ visibility, UITP invites all members to add the link to this webpage on their own website to encourage the public’s vote for the best campaigns.

Finalists:Commercial Campaign
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON: Considerate Travel campaign
TMB: Corporate Campaign
LVB: Auf den Hund gekommen
WIENER LINIEN: With Wiener Linien to the European Championships!
DE LIJN: Penguins and Fireflies

Printed Campaign
SMRT: Escape with SMRT
YARRA TRAMS : Did you know?
METRO DE SANTIAGO: I got you under my skin


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Integrated Ticketing

A WSPTU member has just returned from New York and brought home a MetroCard. The MetroCard is a simple, magnetic strip, paper ticket which works on the New York subway, the New York buses and even across the state border to New Jersey, on the PATH subway to Jersey City. Click here to see all the details of the MetroCard: http://www.mta.info/metrocard/

The ticket can be reloaded with new credit and there are discounts if you buy amounts in bulk, the discount increasing from the purchase of $7.50 in credit to the maximum of $45 in credit. The journeys can be subtracted from the ticket as they are used and there isn't a time limit or you can get a time limited 'unlimited trips' ticket. The ticket works on a 'pay per ride' basis (there is no distance charging) and each ride is $US2.25. Click here to see the pricing: http://www.mta.info/mta/09/

The turnstiles tell you how much credit and time is left on your ticket as you go through.

It would be good if we could have such a system in Sydney.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Transport Shake Up in Penrith

Penrith Weekender Online

Penrith residents who utilise public transport may soon find their regular routine changing, with a new bus timetable and new train timetable coming into effect next month.

The changes to the bus network follow extensive community consultation that yielded over 1,600 public responses, and local members Karyn Paluzzano and Diane Beamer are encouraging the community to check out the results.

“Many of the proposals originally put out have been changed as a direct result of community feedback, so I am grateful that people took the time to make a submission,” Ms Paluzzano said.

Susan Day of the South Penrith Action Group is one of many locals eager to see the new timetables when they are released on September 14.

“On a positive note, it proves as a group we forced the Government to listen to us, that we would not just accept the reduction in services without a fight and we put up a great fight,” she said.

“However, I am disappointed with the timing of the announcement and the release of the new timetables, with them not being available until the 14th of September. People will be left wondering and this will cause real worry for some wondering if they were actually listened to and if their service has been increased/decreased or has finished.”

A spokesperson from Transport Minister David Campbell’s office said many of the changes were established as a direct result of feedback from the local community, such as Route 791, which next month will operate as a full-time service seven days a week, with evening services provided.

“This will mean residents in South Penrith and parts of Jamisontown have improved access to both the Penrith CBD and Southlands Shopping Centre, as requested by the community during consultation,” the spokesperson said.

“This will provide one consistent route replacing the current evening and weekend service that operates in one direction only, and has generated local concern over a number of years.”

Meanwhile Route 790 will soon be known as Route 770, and extend to Mt Druitt as well as run later into the evening.

In addition, a 793 local service will be introduced, serving parts of South Penrith adjacent to the 791 six days a week, providing direct access to Penrith for residents unable to walk to the 791.

“The changes improve consistency of the network, making it easier to understand, and gives residents of St Clair, Erskine Park, Colyton and Oxley Park direct access to Penrith,” the spokesperson said.

“It also introduces a direct link from Penrith and Cambridge Park to Mt Druitt, and new services to the Erskine Park Industrial area for the first time.”

New timetables can be collected onboard buses or downloaded from operator websites, and will come into effect on October 11.

New Bus Routes for Penrith, Blacktown & Richmond

NSW Transport & Infrastructure and Area 1 Management Company are pleased to announce that following community consultation, the new bus network for Busways and Westbus services in Blacktown, Penrith and Richmond will be introduced on 11 October 2009 in conjunction with the new CityRail timetable.

As part of the NSW Government's bus reform, Area 1 Management Company has a contractual arrangement to provide bus services in this area. Working closely with NSW Transport & Infrastructure, Area 1 Management Company has developed a new bus network that will provide fast, frequent and direct services to major centres such as Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Penrith, Richmond and Rouse Hill, whilst maintaining links to employment, educational and recreational facilities.

After extensive community consultation and consideration of all feedback, the new network will be introduced on 11 October 2009.

New timetables will be available from 14 September 2009 and advertisements will be placed in local papers.

Timetable information and a detailed map will be available shortly on www.131500.com.au.

Don't Rip Up Our Rail

Dear all, Please take some time to visit the EcoTransit website and start sending this postcard to your local MPs, The Premier, The Minister for Transport, relevant shadow ministers. This is an important piece of legislation that should NOT be allowed to pass.

Here are the email addresses you will need. Please note that you can only send it to two adresses at a time. david@campbell.minister.nsw.gov.au, thepremier@www.nsw.gov.au willoughby@parliament.nsw.gov.au, LOP@parliament.nsw.gov.au (Liberal Transport and opposition leader)

That's just a start. Yrs, Leah Mason
Sent: 15 September 2009 - 9:59am
From: Leah Mason
Email: lmason@smoothlooming.com.au

Sydney's Long Term Public Transport Plan Meetings

Public meeting details

As you are aware, an Independent Public Inquiry has been established to create the Long Term Public Transport Plan for Sydney to inform decisions by future governments on the priorities over the next 30 years.

Thank your for letting us know you would like further information on the public meetings to be held in the first round of community consultation.

The inquiry is being chaired by Mr Ron Christie, AM, who will attend most of the "town hall meetings" along with several experts assisting him during his information gathering stage. The initial round of meetings is being held before public submissions close on October 8, 2009. A Preliminary Report will be released in December, 2009 for public review. A final report will be released in Autumn, 2010.

Community discussion

Members of the public are invited to attend community meetings to share their thoughts about public transport in their area.

Each meeting will focus on the issues in the local region or strategic corridor after a brief overview of the metropolitan outlook so please choose your venue carefully to reflect your interests. The final meeting of the first round will be held in Central Sydney and will cover transport issues from the grouping of inner suburbs.

The meetings are as follows:

North-west Sydney
Tuesday, September 15, Castle Grand, Cnr Pennant & Castle Streets, Castle Hill. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by the Hills Shire Council.

North-east Sydney
Thursday, September 17, Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by Warringah Council

South-east Sydney
Monday, September 21, University of NSW, Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, Anzac Parade, Kensington. 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

South-west Sydney
Tuesday, September 22, Casual Powerhouse, 1 Casula Road, Casula. 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by Liverpool City Council.

Western Sydney corridor
Thursday, September 24, Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by Parramatta City Council.

Central Sydney
Thursday, October 1, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting is hosted by City of Sydney.

In addition, two further meetings are being scheduled for Sydney's south (St George area) and Sydney's north (Chatswood/North Ryde area). Dates will be advertised once arrangements are confirmed. Alternatively, please respond to this email and type the word "south" or "north" into the subject line to receive venue details as soon as they are available. The "town hall meetings" are being presented with the assistance of local government, regional government associations and The Sydney Morning Herald.

About the inquiry

The Independent Public Inquiry has been established with the support of The Sydney Morning Herald to create a Long-term public transport Plan. The inquiry is independent of government and the newspaper.

The chair of the inquiry, Mr Ron Christie, AM, is a former chief executive of the Roads & Traffic Authority, chief executive former head of the Olympic Roads & Transport Authority, former Co-ordinator General of Rail in NSW and former Director-General of Public Works and Services.

For the inquiry terms of reference please visit www.transportpublicinquiry.com.au