Thursday, January 24, 2013

Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme - Survey

This a survey should you wish to provide feedback on the  Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme -should you wish to complete survey please click onto the below link.

NCOSS is the peak body for the non-government human services sector in NSW. NCOSS provides independent and informed policy development and advice, and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the non government social and community services sector in New South Wales. It represents a vast network of service delivery and consumer groups through its organisational membership.


Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme

If you use the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) please take the time to fill out our survey:surveymonkey.com/s/TTSSsurvey. Your responses will help us advocate for a scheme that better meets community needs. Please contact Rhiannon on (02) 9211 2599 ext 128 for further information.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

NSW Transport CityRail

Trackwork takes place across the CityRail network on a weekly basis so RailCorp can perform a range of improvement works. We do this to ensure the safety and reliability of your train services.
Trackwork can range from routine maintenance to major infrastructure upgrading work and may mean that buses replace trains on your line. Please see below for information on how trackwork will affect you this week.
Monday 21 until Monday 28 January
North Shore Line
Monday 21 until Monday 28 JanuaryNo trackwork scheduled.
Blue Mountains Line
Monday 21 until Monday 28 JanuaryNo trackwork scheduled.
Newcastle & Central Coast Line
Monday 21 until Monday 28 JanuaryNo trackwork scheduled.
Trip Planner Use the Trip Planner to help plan your journey. It will give you train and bus timetable information for the day you are travelling.
Tickets Remember you must carry a valid CityRail ticket for your journey on all trains and replacement bus services. Please purchase a ticket at the train station before boarding. Fines apply to customers who cannot produce a valid ticket.
Carry-on items Carrying bicycles, surfboards, luggage trolleys or large, bulky items on board CityRail buses is at the discretion of the driver, as space is limited. You may have to wait for an available service. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Alternative transport If you require wheelchair accessible transport through areas affected by trackwork please contact your local station beforehand to arrange a low-floor bus or other suitable vehicle. Please allow additional travel time.

New Line to Reduce Congestion on Sydney Rail Network Opens

Media Release
AA007/2013
21 January 2013
Joint release with:
John Fullerton
Chief Exectutive Officer, ARTC
The new 36 kilometre Southern Sydney Freight Line will commence operations today, a $1 billion piece of infrastructure which will speed up the movement of trains through Sydney and improve the overall competitiveness and reliability of the nation's Interstate Rail Freight Network.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese joined Australian Rail Track Corporation (ATRC) CEO John Fullerton onsite in the Sydney suburb of Birrong to celebrate the completion of this ambitious project, part of a much larger capital works program which will take up to a million trucks a year off the nation's highways.
“For many years Sydney has been the single largest bottleneck on the Interstate Rail Network, with freight trains facing frustrating delays getting into and out of the City due to its limited track capacity and the priority given to passenger trains, particularly during peak periods,” said Mr Albanese.
“This new dedicated line between Macarthur and Chullora will go a long way to alleviating this handbrake on productivity. It will allow passenger and freight services to operate separately from one another, thereby more than tripling the capacity of this important rail corridor.
“Importantly, this new line in Sydney's south complements the work now underway upgrading the rail corridor through the City's northern suburbs to Newcastle as well as the line to Port Botany. It will also support the development of the new intermodal proposed to be built at Moorebank.
“Nationwide, this Federal Labor Government is rebuilding more than a third of the 10,000 kilometre Interstate Rail Freight Network, a multi-billion dollar capital works program which is lifting its efficiency, improving its reliability and reducing transit times.
“For example, average transit times between Brisbane and Melbourne are on track to be seven hours shorter than they were in 2005.”
Mr Fullerton said the South Sydney Freight Line will deliver significant benefits to the national and state economy by providing for a more efficient rail network and supporting the growing freight task between Brisbane and Melbourne.
“What's more, around 500 jobs were directly created each year for the four and half years it took to complete this complex project,” said Mr Fullerton.
“The SSFL is the single biggest project ARTC has ever delivered and is part of our record $3 billion capital works program which is making the Melbourne to Brisbane freight route an even more attractive option for Australian businesses.
“ARTC is looking forward to delivering the benefits of this investment program to our customers later in the year, and providing a faster, more reliable transit between Melbourne and Brisbane.
“The Sydney rail network has always been a major bottleneck for freight. That's why the opening of the SSFL is such an important milestone for ARTC, our customers and the future of rail freight along Australia's east seaboard.”
The SSFL project was funded by ARTC, with the final stage delivered in partnership with Leighton Contractors.
In partnership with RailCorp, the project also improved access to Leumeah, Minto, Cabramatta, Sefton, Warwick Farm and Casula train stations through the provision of lifts, pedestrian overbridges and wheelchair ramps. They also received new or improved amenities such as car parks, bus shelters, lighting, awnings, ramps, footpaths and cycling paths.

Media Contacts

  • Brian Dale—For Mr Fullerton (ARTC)—0418 204 198 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0418 204 198 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

WSPTU Policy Forum on Saturday February 2nd

Come along to the first WSPTU Policy Forum of 2013.

This will be the first Policy Forum meeting since the release of the NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan so there will be plenty to talk about, including our WSPTU 'core business' interest of finding ways to get improved bus stop infrastructure in Greater Western Sydney.

Who: The WSPTU Policy Forum is for active member groups of the WSPTU. If you would like to be part of the WSPTU, be part of a group, or form a group, come along and talk to WSPTU members.
When: Saturday Feb 2nd, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Level 4, 146 Marsden St, Parramatta (at WSCF) near the corner of Macquarie St.
Bring: It's always good to bring something nice to share to eat.

This is very close to Parramatta train station and bus interchange and is on the route of the free Parramatta Shutttle bus.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Free Public Transport - It Is Working Around The World!

One thing we do not think about in Western Sydney is whether there is reason to have free pubic transport in our communities.  This can promote less usage of personal vehicles, enhance chances of reaching job interviews, jobs, visit families, friends, shopping complexes, hospitals, police stations and  also  providing more economical access to community groups that people need to visit.

Click here for the World's Free Successful Public Transport Details