ACTION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT
ANNUAL REPORT - 2011
Our organisation's year runs from October to September, and this report covers our activities during that period. We continue to meet every Friday evening to discuss the week's news and to plan tactics. Other dialogue is maintained by email and telephone when quicker responses are required. We can send a media release to the morning newspapers by 4 pm following a ministerial announcement at lunchtime.
The decisive event of the year was the change of government in New South Wales following the March 2011 election. No immediate changes are expected, but plans for reorganisations are no doubt being developed. The new government is forecast to retain office until at least 2019, and so will have time to implement far-reaching innovations.
We continue to maintain formal and informal contact with administrators of most areas of public transport, and also make submissions to a wide range of enquiries and reviews.
Items posted on the APT web site during the year include:
- 08 Oct 2010 - Gerry Gleeson's Spann Oration on Public Administration in NSW.
- 11 Oct 2010 - Yet another opportunity missed to bring trains up to speed.
- 21 Oct 2010 - A new web site called "RateMyTrip"
- 25 Oct 2010 - Victoria Road "prepay" buses will discourage new passengers.
- 25 Nov 2010 - Advertising covering bus and train windows.
- 07 Dec 2010 - Wynyard bus stops rearrangements a win for passenger advocacy.
- 15 Dec 2010 - Pricing Tribunal disappoints with Private Ferry Fares Review.
- 16 Dec 2010 - Slow trains
- 30 Dec 2010 - NSW Liberals' policies are inconsistent
- 29 Jan 2011 - What "Environmental Management" really means.
- 03 Mar 2011 - Meeting with Shadow Transport Minister.
- 15 Mar 2011 - Proposed upgrade to Kogarah Interchange.
- 14 Apr 2011 - MyZone tickets still NoZone for some riders.
- 11 May 2011 - Anchors Aweigh for Sydney Ferries.
- 09 Jul 2011 - Australia Institute director on traffic congestion.
- 24 Jul 2011 - Proposed North West Rail Link (NWRL)
- 05 Aug 2011 - Review of MyZone fares needed before 2012 fare rises start.