Ride sharing and public transport.
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A new analysis of New York City shows why. At 11 p.m. on a Thursday in February, two friends in Brooklyn are preparing for a trip home from Park Slope to Bed-Stuy. They’re both new in town, and they study their Google Maps options closely: Taking the subway means a 15-minute walk to a station on the F line, where their train coming in from Manhattan had been delayed 20 minutes. Then they’d have to transfer to the C, with a likely wait time of 10 or 15 minutes. To travel three miles, this could be an hour-long adventure. The friends could probably walk in the same amount of time, or pedal home in 20 minutes using bike-share, but the weather is freezing. They check Lyft: Splitting a pooled ride with one another (and perhaps an extra stranger) means paying $7 for a roughly 25-minute trip in a sweetly overheated sedan, directly to their doors. The choice is very clear. Do stories like these explain the declining passenger base of transit agencies across the U.S.? Amid the rise of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft, this logic goes, travelers will pay extra for a lot of added convenience, leaving transit options—which leave a lot to be desired—to waste. Read more here. This story first appeared in CityLab and appears here by kind permission of the author. [post_title] => Stop asking whether Uber is transit's enemy [post_excerpt] => Ride sharing and public transport. 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It is understood that the Liberal-led Government does not support a ban because advertising on public transport generates about $7 million in revenue per year of which about 10 per cent is generated through alcohol-related advertising, and all advertising on public assets must comply with industry advertising standards, which is the case in WA. Fergus Taylor, the Executive Director of Alcohol Beverages Australia (ABA) said that the Labor Government's stance is poorly thought out and is not supported by credible research or data. “This is a poor policy decision taken on the run without industry consultation and isn’t even supported by official Government data,” Taylor said. “The government has made a sensible decision to reject this proposal after a more thorough assessment of the evidence. Read more here. This story first appeared in The Shout. [post_title] => Proposed booze advertising ban on WA public transport [post_excerpt] => But $7m revenue at stake. 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Double decker buses will soon become a common sight on Sydney’s streets once more after the New South Wales Government revealed it will commission a proper fleet of the high capacity vehicles to boost capacity on crowded runs as part of a $108 million service boost and refresh in the 2016-17 NSW Budget
Exact details on who will manufacture and how many of the new 80-seat beasts will be deployed are still to be finalised, but the firm commitment to reinstate double deckers into mainstream route service in Sydney cements major turnaround in public transport thinking 30-years after the last Leyland Atlantean made its from Wynyard to Avalon in May 1986.
While the Baird Government started trialling Bustech double deckers North-West T-Way at the end of August 2012, the pre-Budget essentially embeds the top deck vehicles as part of the city’s core fleet for the foreseeable future.
The announcement is also the second major public transport ‘back to the future’ flip for Transport for NSW after the commitment to reinstate light rail services (or heavy trams) in the city and eastern suburbs, with deployments in the West also highly likely to be commissioned.Heavy crowding and more demand than capacity during peak-hour services for Sydney buses has been a serious and persistent problem for at least the last decade, as urban renewal and residential infill push more commuters onto the bus system. The biggest headaches for authorities and commuters alike include passengers who are closer to a bus route destination often missing out on scheduled morning trips because vehicles are filled to capacity well before they get near their terminus. Efforts to deploy more, larger single decker and articulated or ‘bendy’ busses have also created knock-on effects as busses get stuck long queues to unload passengers on approaches to the city and other major centres. A big benefit of double decker buses is that even though they carry 65 per cent more passengers than regular buses – 130 people when completely full on seated and standing capacity – they only occupy the space of a single bus making it easier to cram more services into smaller areas and tighter streets. With major residential developments now replacing industrial real estate on the city fringe, authorities are looking to boost both capacity and frequency. “Thousands of Sydneysiders rely on bus travel every day to get from A to B and we know demand for services is continually increasing, particularly in growth centres in the North West and South West, as well as in inner city areas like Green Square,” said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
“Since coming to office, the NSW Government has delivered more than 15,800 extra weekly public transport services for customers and today’s announcement is further proof that we’re committed to putting on even more where and when they’re needed most.
“This is all about staying ahead of the curve to ensure customers have sufficient levels of service well into the future.”For people that remember Sydney’s original double decker bus fleet, it’s actually more like replacing something many feel, like trams, should never have been taken away in the first place. Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian – who spearheaded many of the key public transit reforms when she held the Transport portfolio – said the upcoming NSW Budget would continue to fund more services and infrastructure. “These double decker buses have allowed us to deliver good customer outcomes and we are pleased to be rolling out more of them across Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said before cataloguing where new money was going to be spent. The Treasurer said that under the NSW Budget 2016-16 commitment, 12 new or extended routes will come online. They include a new cross suburban link between the Inner West and Lower North Shore, all night services seven days a week for Green Square and Zetland as well as Abbotsford, Five Dock and Rouse Hill on weekends. The addition of new all-night services has long been called for by groups representing essential services and the hospitality sector where the availability and cost of labour have been hit by the shortage of car spaces and a lack of alternative transport options. Fleet renewal and replacement is also a strong focus, with older non-air conditioned buses finally dropped from service in favour of climate controlled accessible (or ‘kneeling’) busses that allow wheelchair users to roll-on and roll-off regular services – an important addition given many older Sydney railway stations still don’t have lifts. Specifics for the 2016/17 Growth Bus Services Program Western Sydney (including Hills District and South West) More than 1,350 new weekly trips, including 5 new or extended routes.
- New route 605 (North Kellyville to Rouse Hill Town Centre)
- Extended route 751 (Marsden Park to Blacktown via Colebee)
- Extended route T72 (Blacktown to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Alex Avenue)
- Extended route T74 (Blacktown to Riverstone via Hambledon Road)
- Extended route 783 (Penrith to Jordan Springs)
- 607X (Rouse Hill to City via M2)
- 610X/M61 (Rouse Hill and Castle Hill to City M2)
- 611 (Blacktown to Macquarie Park via M2)
- 615X (North Kellyville to City via M2)
- 619 (Rouse Hill to Macquarie Park via Kellyville and M2)
- 620X-621 (Castle Hill and Cherrybrook to Macquarie Park and City via M2)
- 700 (Blacktown to Parramatta via Prospect)
- 740 (Plumpton to Macquarie Park via M2)
- 841 (Narellan to Leppington)
- T65 (Rouse Hill to Parramatta via Westmead)
- T80 (Liverpool to Parramatta via Bonnyrigg)
- New route 530 (Burwood to Chatswood via Five Dock, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove)
- New route 985 (Miranda to Cronulla via Woolooware Shores)
- Various Northern Beaches routes between Mona Vale and the City
- 197 (Mona Vale to Macquarie Park via Terrey Hills)
- 270-274 (Frenchs Forest District to City)
- 343 (Kingsford to City)
- 370 (Leichhardt to Coogee)
- 433 (Balmain to Railway Square via Harold Park)
- 477 (Miranda to Rockdale via Sans Souci)
- 506 (Macquarie University and East Ryde to City via Hunters Hill)
- 518 (Macquarie University to City via Ryde)
- M20 (Zetland to Wynyard via Central Station)
- M41 (Burwood to Macquarie Park via Ryde)
- 301 (Zetland to City via Surry Hills) – seven days
- 438 (Abbotsford to City via Five Dock and Leichhardt) – Friday and Saturday only
- 607X (Rouse Hill to City via M2) – Friday and Saturday only
- New route 178 (Anambah to Rutherford)
- Extended routes 260 and 261 (Minmi and Fletcher to Jesmond and University)
- Extended route 40 (Gosford – Wyoming)
- Enhanced services on routes 67 and 68 between Terrigal and Gosford
- Enhanced services on route 33 between Gosford and Mangrove Mountain
- New route 75 (Tullimbar to Stockland Shellharbour)
- Extended route 32 (Dapto to Brooks Reach)
- Enhanced services on route 1 between Austinmer and Wollongong
- Enhanced services on routes 31-33 between Wollongong and Dapto District
- Enhanced services on route 34 between Warrawong and Wollongong
By Feargus O'Sullivan This story first appeared in City Lab and is published here with kind permission from the author. For senior Berliners, there may be something strangely familiar about the latest batch of trains destined for the Berlin subway system. They actually first served the city back in the 1950s. In an unlikely decision-making twist, the system has decided to delve into its history, renovating trains constructed to run on its tracks before the city was cut in two in 1961. So old are the D and DL series trains — affectionately known as “Doras” — that there’s only one city where they are still in daily use. That’s the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to which Berlin sold 105 trains at the end of the 1990s. The idea of recomissioning 60-year-old carriages will no doubt get train-spotters drooling, but there’s a pragmatic reason why the trains are coming back. Berlin has a desperate shortage of rolling stock. City transit body BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) wants to avoid the costs of buying more engines and reckons it can renovate and re-kit three of the old trains for just €1.9 million — a snip compared to what three entirely new trains would cost. Three trains won’t make a whole lot of difference across an entire city, of course, which is why the refitted wagons will be confined to a single line. This is arguably the smartest part of the plan. By running on Berlin’s Line U55 from spring 2017, the 1950s trains should attract tourists to what could be Berlin’s biggest transit white elephant. Read more here. [post_title] => Berlin is bringing back subway trains from the 1950s [post_excerpt] => Say hello (again) to the Dora. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => berlin-bringing-back-subway-trains-1950s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-11 10:05:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-10 23:05:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.governmentnews.com.au/?p=25510 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 24575 [post_author] => 659 [post_date] => 2016-08-02 05:00:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-01 19:00:17 [post_content] => August 1 is D-Day for public transport passengers who have not yet bought an Opal card, with the threat of fines of up to $550 if passengers do not possess an Opal card or a single use ticket before travelling, as criticisms of the new regime roll in. While NSW Transport has promised leniency for passengers boarding without a ticket or an Opal card – they can receive a caution rather than an on-the-spot fine - there have been complaints that there are insufficient ticket and top-up machines and stories of long queues or of machines being broken. How much leniency ticket inspectors are able to show is open to question. Transport NSW has a list of unacceptable excuses on its website which includes: “I’ve lost my ticket”, “I was running late” and “I didn’t know what kind of ticket to buy.” Interestingly, putting your feet on the seats or littering can incur a fine of up to $1,100: twice the cost of the maximum penalty for fare evasion. A spokesperson for Transport NSW said transport officers had been told to exercise restraint in the early stages of the new system. “From next week staff will educate customers who genuinely appear to have not realised that paper tickets were being retired on 1 August. They will explain all customers require an appropriate Opal card or Opal single trip ticket to travel. “Staff as usual will use discretion when dealing with customers who are genuinely confused on the arrangements for travelling, however customers need to understand that fines apply to those people trying to rort the situation to evade paying their fare.” The Opposition has claimed that the Baird Government is “picking on pensioners and seniors” by not allowing them to access discounted single use tickets. The single tickets that are sold cost at least 20 per cent more than using an Opal card. While it’s simple to buy Opal cards for adults or children from retailers, the Gold Opal card for discount travel for seniors, pensioners or those on income support must be ordered online and can take up to 10 days to arrive in the post. Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay said the government had not done enough to communicate how long it took to get an Opal card. “There will be plenty of pensioners out there who won’t have got the message that today is the last day they have to apply for an Opal card,” Ms McKay said. “The government is removing choice and forcing pensioners to go online to top up their card when for many older people they like the convenience of going to a booth to pay cash.” Shadow Minister for Ageing Sophie Cotsis said Premier Mike Baird was forcing pensioners to get a Gold Opal card, event thought it could easily sell them a $2.50 single use ticket, the concession price. “When it comes to our public transport system, pensioners and seniors are being left disadvantaged. The government is making it harder for seniors and pensioners to travel in NSW," Ms Cotsis said. “This means that pensioners who use public transport infrequently or who leave their Gold Opal Card at home will be forced to pay a higher price for a single use ticket. It’s not fair.” NSW Labor is demanding the government makes discounted tickets available from machines for concession card holders and to give people longer to get an Opal card. Other concerns have arisen from non-governmental organisations, who say that doing away with paper tickets could penalise homeless people because they need to apply for a Gold Opal card online and get it delivered to a secure address. Some organisations used to give those in need single bus or train tickets or the $2.50 all-day concession fare but this is no longer possible. Meanwhile with the demise of paper tickets, the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia is renewing its push for a tourist Opal card, similar to those available in cities like London, Paris and Stockholm to make things simpler for visitors. CEO of TTF, Margy Osmond said tourist tickets should be tied into discounts for entry into major tourist attractions, such as Taronga Zoo. “Visitors, holidaymakers and business delegates are not your average city commuter. They are here for a limited period and are looking for a transport solution that is easy to understand and takes the confusion out of loading travel cards with money,” Ms Osmond said. “In other cities across Australia and the world, local transport agencies have developed dedicated tourist travel cards that make it easy to hop on a train, bus, tram or ferry to see the sights. “They also provide the opportunity to be packaged as part of a broader tourism experience with access or discounts for major attractions, exhibitions and cultural institutions included with the card.” For its part, the NSW government is heralding the final roll-out of Opal cards and the banishment of paper tickets as a thumping success. NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said eight million Opal cards had been issued since their introduction in December 2012, with 350,000 sold in the last month, as passengers became aware of paper tickets stopping. “Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter in our public transport system,” Mr Constance said. “Once you get your Opal it’s in your wallet or purse and you don’t have to worry about it again.” He said that customers who left their cards at home by mistake could still buy a single trip ticket for trains or light rail stations or ferry wharfs, or on board buses and that there were more than 2,000 retail outlets where people could buy adult or child Opal cards. “The best way to beat the queues at top up machines is to set your card to auto top up via your debit card or download the Opal Travel App so you can top up on the go on your mobile phone,” Mr Constance said. [post_title] => Opal: the card that launched a thousand gripes [post_excerpt] => Paper tickets abandoned. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 24575 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-02 09:42:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-01 23:42:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.governmentnews.com.au/?p=24575 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 24100 [post_author] => 671 [post_date] => 2016-06-09 13:06:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-09 03:06:49 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_24101" align="alignnone" width="300"] Cycling and adventure sports are now a big tourism drawcard. pic: Stromlo Forest Park[/caption] Australia’s national capital of Canberra will try and shake off the blues of major public service cuts that have ravaged its local economy by trying to entice more tourists to spend their time and money in the designer city through a major $7.3 million advertising push. Undeterred by persistent badmouthing by fly-in fly-out federal politicians, Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr is opening the capital’s destination chequebook to try showcase the Canberra’s other attractions in an effort to try and diversify its economy. Large fluctuations in public service numbers have for decades acted as an inhibitor to private sector businesses outside of the government realm flourishing in the so-called garden city. But with a stable population that’s now nudging 400,000 inhabitants, the ACT Government is redoubling efforts to create a more diverse local economy for Canberra that’s largely independent of the public sector and resilient to its peaks and troughs. Federally administered national major cultural institutions like the National Gallery of Australia still provide a prominent tourism drawcard, however ACT Government is clearly keen to give its other tourist and visitor assets – particularly major events, food and wine experiences and outdoor recreation – a major push. One of Canberra’s major historical drawbacks for tourists – relatively sparse public transport services – are also finally getting a major boost with increased substantially bus services around the city centre and major institutions. With most capital cities now in the grip of a serious rise in recreational and commuter cycling, Canberra’s long established network of separated cycleways and dedicated bike infrastructure like the massive Stromlo Park mountain and road bike facility are also getting major improvements to cater to more visitors, including the addition of a pool. Industry groups are heartily cheering on the Canberra tourism push. “Tourism is a key driver of the ACT economy, and the Barr Government appears to be embracing the concept of diversifying the Territory economy through greater support of tourism and events,” said Margy Osmond, chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum. Ms Osmond said the Government’s investment of $70 million in public transport, including establishing a free ‘City Loop’ bus service, funding for additional buses and new services, progressing the introduction of an integrated ticketing system and improving walking and cycling infrastructure would benefit the visitor economy. However it’s the long-awaited commencement of regular scheduled international flights to the city that has the TTF most fired up, especially the potential to attract visitors from Asia, particularly China. “The key for the ACT Government will be to leverage the new international flights opportunity to its full potential, ensuring that it is the first of many new services that will link Canberra to the burgeoning Asia-Pacific and beyond,” Ms Osmond said. “Chief Minister Barr has been a strong advocate for the ACT visitor economy with his personal efforts to secure Singapore Airlines as Canberra’s first international airline and the work to attract more Chinese visitors as part of Australia China Business Week.” [post_title] => Canberra launches major tourism push to diversify economy [post_excerpt] => Budget money for big events, public transport. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => tourists-to-diversify-canberra-economy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-09 22:30:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-09 12:30:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.governmentnews.com.au/?p=24100 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 24085 [post_author] => 659 [post_date] => 2016-06-07 10:20:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-07 00:20:10 [post_content] => Transport infrastructure planning expert Diane Legge Kemp has seen some public transport disasters in her time but there have also been some real wins for communities in the form of well-designed and imaginatively funded public transport projects. Ms Legge Kemp, who is the Vice President of design consultancy CallisonRTKL, is based in Hong Kong but she has worked in many major cities including New York, Shanghai LA and Chicago. She spoke to Government News while in Sydney for Green Building Day about properly planning good public transport infrastructure and how multi-million dollar projects can be let down by scrappy preparation. Because infrastructure can take decades to deliver, planning needs to begin many years in advance so that projects are ready to go when the funding and political will to do them eventually coincide. Legge says: “Sydney is tossing around the idea of high speed rail. Well, even it is 15 years from now it needs to be planned. All the pieces have to be in place, notwithstanding funding." Tips to success
- Integrate the planning process
- Intermodal connectivity
- Don’t fear density
- Consider the social aspect
- Urban fabric
- Mixed use
- Designing transport hubs to fit each location
|Pyrmont Bay to Star City stops & back (300m apart)||63,636||8,198||1,469||313||149||110||481|
|Paddy’s Market to Capital Square stops & back (280m apart)||30,285||9,408||2,434||647||238||193||714|
|Macdonaldtown to Erskineville stations & back (470m apart)||6,465||1,142||178||51||14||6||6|
- Brisbane – Gold Coast: 15 minutes
- Canberra – Sydney: 1 hour
- Sydney – Melbourne: 3 hours
- Gold Coast – Sydney: 3 hours
- Sydney – Newcastle: 40 minutes.
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Weekly Travel Reward crackdown
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