Again, the singular most important topic was the proposed size of the tunnels on the North West Rail Link (NWRL). Despite opposition from all quarters, the government has called tenders for the construction of tunnels with a diameter that will prevent any double-deck fleet from ever traversing that line. The decision affects not only that line, but creates problems in many other parts of the network, including more passengers being forced to stand for longer distances.
In recent weeks, the newly elected Abbott government in Canberra has warmly embraced the NSW government's proposed WestConnex motorway. Canberra has promised funds for the motorway but none for urban public transport.
The web site now complies with HTML5. It is EEO throughout as required by law, unlike many other sites. It is accessible by hand-held devices. It has not been tested with IPv6 but will have to handle IPv6 eventually.
Offers to optimise the site for search engines arrive about once a week. A couple of the offers have been quite helpful.
The most popular pages have long been the 2001 Christie Report on rail futures. This is probably because the Governor of New Jersey, one Chris Christie, issues reports on various things and people search for them.
By far the most popular page with locals is the one discussing pros and cons of light rail.
There were indications for a while of attempts to misuse the website but some changes have been made and the indications have ceased. Note that the website does not deal in money or goods and people attacking it must be doing so for other reasons.
|02 Oct 2012||IPART draft report on CityRail fares from 2013|
|26 Oct 2012||Submissions to draft NSW long-term Master Plan|
|26 Oct 2012||Response to IPART draft report on CityRail fares for 2013|
|28 Oct 2012||Dulwich Hill Light Rail - briefings|
|11 Nov 2012||Public Meeting: How to fix Sydney's transport - 19th November|
|13 Nov 2012||Proposed Light Rail extension to Dulwich Hill - APT submission|
|24 Nov 2012||NRMA comments on draft long-term transport Master Plan|
|28 Nov 2012||North-West Rail Link - Submission on EIS2|
|28 Nov 2012||Rail and ferry fare rises from January 2013|
|05 Dec 2012||Another submission to NWRL EIS2|
|07 Dec 2012||Opal card launch - good news but more consultation needed|
|22 Dec 2012||Multi-modal holiday public transport brochure - a first?|
|22 Dec 2012||Buy bus tickets now to beat the fare rise|
|22 Dec 2012||New paper on High-Speed Rail for Melbourne/Canberra/Sydney/Brisbane|
|31 Dec 2012||Agents' stocks of bus tickets not replenished|
|09 Jan 2013||North-West Rail Link - EIS2 submissions|
|14 Jan 2013||Academics' scathing criticism of Sydney transport planning|
|29 Jan 2013||Newcastle - rally against permanent closure of rail line|
|05 Feb 2013||EcoTransit video criticises North West Rail Link (NWRL) plan|
|08 Feb 2013||Darling Harbour - Centres Redevelopment|
|09 Feb 2013||New Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) "Moving People" document|
|11 Feb 2013||Proposed Strathfield Station upgrade - APT's submission|
|07 Mar 2013||Evasive answers by TfNSW to submissions on NWRL|
|15 Mar 2013||NWRL tunnel diameter - letter to the Minister|
|26 Mar 2013||IPART Review of taxi fares - submission by APT|
|05 Apr 2013||Submission to TfNSW on Ferry Wharf Access Policy|
|13 Apr 2013||NWRL - seating issues on the proposed new trains|
|17 Apr 2013||Newcastle Railway - submissions on future proposals|
|19 Apr 2013||The 'hop' logo - progress towards an integrated public transport system|
|20 Apr 2013||City and South East Light Rail (CSELR). APT submission|
|26 Apr 2013||Northern Beaches Bus Rapid Transit Study - APT submission in response|
|03 May 2013||Victoria's Auditor-General on managing traffic congestion|
|14 May 2013||NWRL - What the Minister said on ABC-TV|
|16 May 2013||NWRL tunnel diameter - vacuous reply from Minister|
|24 May 2013||Changes to MyMulti tickets are a mean blow to ferry users|
|27 May 2013||Letter to Minister regarding changes to MyMulti tickets and ferries|
|31 May 2013||Will a Parramatta - Epping Railway ever be built?|
|02 Jun 2013||Warringah Sustainable Transport Strategy - APT submission|
|08 Jun 2013||IPART Issues Paper for Bus Fares Review - APT first submission|
|22 Jun 2013||North West Rail Link (NWRL) tunnel diameter in Parliament again|
|23 Jun 2013||IPART Issues Paper for Bus Fares Review - APT supplementary submission|
|30 Jun 2013||High-speed Rail Study (Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane) - APT submission|
|13 Jul 2013||Tangara carriages - trial of reduced seating, but more people standing|
|15 Jul 2013||Can overcrowding on the Western rail lines be relieved?|
|22 Jul 2013||North West Rail Link (NWRL) - Ministerial meeting with residents cancelled|
|09 Aug 2013||Ministerial credibility at stake re comments on Federal funding|
|21 Aug 2013||NWRL - Issues of single-deck versus double-deck trains|
|28 Aug 2013||Policies for Federal Election on 7th September 2013|
|31 Aug 2013||Why does light rail dominate bus rapid transit in Australian urban planning?|
|08 Sep 2013||Rail project funding to be cut by the new Abbott federal government|
|09 Sep 2013||Wire-free trams for George Street?|
|10 Sep 2013||TfNSW document reveals arbitrariness in major decisions|
|13 Sep 2013||APT submission to TfNSW on CBD-South East light rail (CSELR)|
|18 Sep 2013||John Morandini's Quantum Bus|
|20 Sep 2013||IPART Review of Stockton and Private Ferry Fares - APT submission|
|23 Sep 2013||New suburban train timetable starting 20 October 2013|
|30 Sep 2013||Opal Card Fails the Integration Test|
We are always in need of members who can write submissions in response to various inquiries or reviews conducted by state and federal governments, local councils or other authorities. There are usually about four or five of these in progress at any one time. We also need members who can represent APT at public meetings, discussions, seminars, etc.
We look forward to another challenging year.
1st November 2013