Tuesday, August 30, 2011
You can find a Sydney Morning Herald story about this here.
At this stage, WSPTU is not aware of any public consultation processes (apart from the customer satisfaction survey) that are being undertaken to support the process of renewing the bus contracts. The usual way for the public to make a comment about their bus services is through the 131500 service on the phone or the website.
You can find a full list of the contracted, privately-owned, bus companies from the 131500 website here and the State Transit Authority (STA) here.
You can download a copy of the Service Planning Guidelines here.
You can find the latest Metropolitan Buses Customer Satisfaction Survey for 2010 here.
You can download a useful resource about the provision of bus services in Western Sydney from Western Sydney Community Forum: "Connecting With Buses".
You can read the report from the NSW Auditor General about the measurement of bus contract performance here.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
For all the details look at the WSPTU constitution in the 'Who Is The WSPTU' section on this WSPTU blog. If you are interested to attend email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0466 893 480 and leave a message.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Professor Corinne Mulley - Institute of Transport and Logistics
David Borger - Former Minister for Roads and Lord Mayor of Parramatta
Stuart Palmer - Premier Cabs
Amy Williams - Sydney Alliance
Philippa Vale - South West Community Transport
The headline topics are:
Free Shuttle Buses - are they useful and how can people contribute to their evaluation?
Shared Taxis - can shared taxis be used as part of the public transport mix?
Plus the opportunity to meet local people who are interested to improve public transport in their local area. Register now, it's free!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It's ironic, then, that getting to the Lidcombe venue from Penrith by public transport also highlights missing links.
Sue Day, of the South Penrith Residents Action Group, who is also a member of the Western Sydney Public Transport Users' steering committee, said connections needed to be improved.
She said if someone wanted to get from Glenmore Park, for example, to Penrith railway station by bus on a weekend then "it's quicker by car — put it that way". "That's where the local transport system isn't really working for us," Mrs Day said.
"Connections don't work."
The Western Sydney Public Transport Users symposium presents an opportunity for residents to have a say about what they see as their transport needs.
The organisation is an umbrella one which supports the work of local transport-user groups and action groups.
Groups from areas such as Penrith, Mount Druitt and Parramatta will be taking part.
Mrs Day said that the forum would help commuters understand how they could work to improve public transport for their community.
After the forum the organisation would form policies so they could lobby collectively, Mrs Day said.
Among the topics to be discussed at the forum would be free shuttle buses. "Ours is not working," Mrs Day said. "No one's using it."
She said it wasn't servicing where people needed to go, pointing out that the government-funded shuttle didn't stop at the library, near the Aldi store on High Street nor at Nepean Hospital.
It's on Saturday, August 13, from 10.30am to 4pm, at the Dooleys Club.
Details, registration: email@example.com or 9633 5068. People who have difficulty getting to the venue can request transport or call Sue, 0411 395 363.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Minister backs the shuttle bus
Have a look at a blog that shows you some patronage figures from Blacktown Free Shuttle Bus - it is available to the public - it is not a big secret as I found out!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Western Sydney Public Transport Users Public Forum
If you've got anything to say, or want to join in with the discussion, please do! It will be great to hear about your public transport experiences. And don't forget to talk about the good things too!