Monday, June 21, 2010

NSW Transport - new enabling legislation is passed

The community expects the Government to deliver a transport system that is integrated and coordinated; has a high standard of reliability and cleanliness; has coordinated timetables that effectively link trains, buses and ferries with each other; has easy to navigate transport interchanges; manages incidents when they occur in an efficient and coordinated way; has the appropriate resources in place to deliver improved services; continues to expand to cater for the future in a timely and coordinated way; has a single person in charge who is accountable for improved services, rather than multiple transport providers doing their own thing; focuses on reducing congestion through both immediate network improvements and integrated long-term strategies and infrastructure investment; and, most importantly, is safe.
John Robertson, Minister for Transport, to the parliament, June 2nd, 2010.

Click heree for a full Hansard transcript of the Minister's speech and the debate.

Full copy of the published Transport Administration Amendment Bill 2010.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Performance Audit of Bus Services 2010

The 2004 Review of Bus Services in NSW always envisaged that there would be a transition period as the new bus contracts were introduced. NSWTI has developed and implemented the new arrangements, and pursued a range of new initiatives including the network improvement program, strategic corridors and uniform bus fares and concessions.
The new contracts provided for a performance management regime to hold operators accountable. But this is still being developed four years after the bus contracts came into effect and it remains unproven as a basis for ensuring value for money from the contracts - each of which guarantees monopoly rights to the operators.
(page 2)

These are the questions the NSW Auditor General asks:
* How do the bus contracts work?
* Have clear performance objectives been set?
* Is operator performance closely monitored?
* Is performance information accurate and timely?
* Is action taken to correct any deficiencies?

For people interested in the service coverge of bus services there is a fantastic chart in Appendix 3 on page 28. This shows that, in the six regions in Western Sydney (Regions 1,2,3,4,13,15), between 69% and 90% of people live within 400m of a public transport route.

Click here for the full report

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

E2: Transport - London: The Price Of Traffic

On ABC2 starting on June 16.
The new six-part series, e² transport is an enlightening and critically acclaimed PBS series narrated by Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Brad Pitt, about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.
Click here E2: Transport - London: The Price Of Traffic

WSPTU Transport Symposium 2010

Click here for a Google Map of the location

(Click on the image for full size)

RSVP by August 4. or phone 9633 5068.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No Harsh Fines

The group Don't Vote For The Major Parties has made a comedy video highlighting the issue of the damaging effects that harsh fines can have on young people and the higher likelihood that young people will get fined.