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Gisborne train travellers are calling for a review of public transport costs after the latest price hike hit the line.
Recent changes mean Gisborne commuters now pay up to $13 a day more than people travelling to Melbourne’s CBD from other metropolitan fringe areas, including Bacchus Marsh, Lara and Pakenham.
Posted in Opinion on 2015-01-12 13:34:33
The trend is clear and it's been that way for a while. The question is what, if anything, to do about it?
Every year the average person in big cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, drives less than they used to the year before.
In Melbourne, the average person drives about 6 per cent less than they did a decade ago.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2014-12-15 16:17:50
A SECRET timetable shake-up could force passengers on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines to change trains to access City Loop stations.
Tens of thousands of commuters along the Frankston line would face journey times up to 10 minutes longer under the draft proposal.
Posted in Other Transport News on 2014-11-07 15:06:11
Credit card technology could be used by commuters as an alternative to myki on the public transport system, the Transport Minister says.
Part of the Coalition's review of the maligned myki ticketing system has included looking at payWave technology – where customers simply scan their credit or debit card without having to enter a pin – as an alternative to swiping myki tickets, Transport Minister Terry Mulder said.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2014-10-06 20:36:25
Reality check for the people of Victoria: there is no train to the airport "with services every 10 minutes", no tunnel beneath the city connecting Fishermans Bend and St Kilda Road to the CBD. You are being fed a myth. Again. These rail projects are never happening, or at least not for decades.
The worse part is millions of dollars that could be invested in better public transport is instead being spent propagating this public transport illusion across television, radio and print media.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2014-09-22 13:19:40
Flagstaff station will be opened on weekends regardless of who wins the November state election as both major parties made a Sunday pitch for votes on public transport.
The City Loop station is currently closed on weekends but Labor on Sunday pledged to open the station if it wins the November 29 poll.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2014-08-06 18:07:05
Public transport services are poorly co-ordinated, the Auditor-General has found, with little progress on improving public transport across Victoria despite repeated promises from state governments over the last decade.
Posted in International Rail News on 2014-05-21 14:54:44
Think of travelling for business and for most people it's airports rather than train stations that spring to mind.
That's especially so in Australia, where a "high-speed train" is one that skips a few suburban stations on the morning commute.
In all likelihood, we'll never see an Aussie bullet train barrelling between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2014-05-12 08:31:18
The Coalition won office partly due to voter dissatisfaction with the former government's performance on public transport. But it was slow to realise the political importance of improving rail, tram and bus infrastructure.
Now, with an election looming, it's come back with shock and awe, promising to commit an unprecedented $24 billion on new transport infrastructure. The centrepiece is a new rail tunnel designed to counter growing rail capacity problems in the CBD.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2013-11-28 20:55:00
Complaints about ticket inspectors on Victorian public transport have surged 60 per cent in 12 months, while myki ticketing problems remain the biggest commuter frustration.
More than 4300 angry commuters lodged a formal complaint with the Public Transport Ombudsman during the financial year, up from 3555 in 2011-12.
Myki-related issues made up almost 40 per cent of them.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2013-10-15 11:43:35
Melbourne's train network is still run by a vintage computer system that was rolled out in 1982, two years before Apple released its first Mac.
The system, called Metrol, has been the technological nerve centre for Melbourne's rail network for more than three decades, running custom-made software that is badly outmoded. A series of delays have set back the planned replacement of the train control centre by more than two decades.
From opposition, Terry Mulder called Metrol ''a sad Labor tale of delay and rapidly mounting bills'', but as Minister for Public Transport he has overseen an additional blowout in its completion date of almost two years.
Posted in Victorian Rail News on 2013-10-04 09:13:02
Melbourne's public transport would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week under a proposal a Melbourne city councillor hopes the state government will adopt.
Cr Richard Foster has called on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and transport portfolio chair Cathy Oke to lobby Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder to introduce all-night public transport to the city, arguing it would reduce crime and benefit the economy.
"We're trying to create a 24-hour international city and it's pretty hard to do that if you're not offering 24-hour public transport as well," Cr Foster said. "It's certainly practical, it's what the public has been calling for for some time, [and] if we seriously want to offer an international city that is safe and vibrant you've got to have an international standard public transport service."
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