Action for Public Transport has continued its tradition of carefully-considered comment on transport matters, including submissions on EISs and REFs of many proposals. We also made submissions and/or presentations to several government committees.
There have been some new developments. For reasons that are not clear, Transport for NSW appointed Roads and Maritime Services to run a bus priority programme. RMS' idea of bus priority seems little more than pruning stops for the sake of a few extra parking spaces. We made submissions on several of the RMS proposals. Another new player is the Greater Sydney Commission which is fixated on dividing all Sydney into three parts and simplifying the eastern part into six homogeneous districts.
We deplore the continuing tendency of governments to relegate public transport to behind the private car and well behind its proper place.
APTNSW's greatest need at present is to have public transport issues raised more often in social and other media; that would lead to our submissions receiving more attention and passengers receiving more consideration than at present. We particularly need someone to get us a prominent presence on Facebook. All members could help with our aims - the occasional letter to editors and/or ministerial offices can work wonders.
We once more thank our loyal members for their patient support.