Jan 20

Victorian taxpayers to fund first ‘solar trams’

Reported in the Australian: Victorian taxpayers will partially fund the building of a $150 million solar plant to be used to power Melbourne’s tram network. Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday doubled down on the government’s controversial renewable energy targets as she announced that a 75 megawatt solar plant would be built in regional Victoria. She […] Read More »

Jan 20

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian seeks to replace Premier Mike Baird

Reported in the Australian Financial Review:  NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian will stand as a candidate to replace Premier Mike Baird for the party leadership, a government source said, and is considered by Liberal insiders likely to be successful. Ms Berejiklian, who has overseen a strong budget performance as treasurer for three years, was unlikely to […] Read More »

Jan 18

Unions meet with new Newcastle transport operator Keolis Downer

All representative unions met with the new operator Keolis Downer at UNSW on the 16th of January. KEOLIS Downer has been awarded a 10-year contract to operate Newcastle’s public transport system, including the new light rail. The tender also includes Newcastle buses, ferries and interchanges. In attendance at the meeting was Keolis Downer CEO Mr […] Read More »

Jan 12

Public to have say on Parramatta light rail plans

Reported in the Parramatta Advertiser:  PARRAMATTA’S  multi-­billion dollar light rail is gaining traction with the man heading the project saying the public need to be involved. Parramatta Light Rail program director Tim Poole ­previously headed the development of the Gold Coast light rail and he spoke to the Advertiser at the official office opening, stressing […] Read More »

Jan 11

Manmeet Sharma tragedy: Brisbane bus destroyed, fleet number retired

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: The bus in which a Brisbane bus driver was burnt to death last October has been destroyed, and its fleet number retired, out of respect for slain Manmeet Sharma. Mr Sharma, 29, was a couple of months into his job as a bus driver when he pulled up to […] Read More »

Jan 7

Saturday passenger numbers drop after Opal fare overhaul, internal report shows

Reported Sydney Morning Herald:  Saturday patronage on NSW’s public transport network fell sharply following an overhaul of Opal fares, an internal government report reveals. A drop in public transport use on Saturdays threatens to worsen congestion on Sydney’s roads on weekends, which can already be busier than weekdays because it is when many people choose […] Read More »

Jan 6

Free Wi-Fi rolled out on 50 Sydney buses to mixed response

Commuters on Sydney ferries have been using free Wi-Fi for years, and now those who travel by bus can experience the same service, with the STA installing WIFI on 50 buses across the city. Passengers will access free WIFI on board the bus, by downloading an app called ‘Catch’. However the NSW Greens are concerned the […] Read More »

Jan 4

Unions Win Bus Privatisation Campaign

The combined unions who work for the STA, including the Bus and Tram Division of the RTBU, recently campaigned at bus stops across Sydney to call on the Transport Minister to come clean about Sydney bus privatisation.   After hitting about a dozen major bus location the government announced its plans for Sydney buses, confirming […] Read More »

Dec 19

Brisbane bus drivers ‘can’t wait’ for safety review to be finalised

TRANSPORT unions have called for urgent interim safety measures to be implemented to protect bus drivers in the wake of assaults that culminated in a grisly death in October. Read More »

Dec 13

200 jobs slashed as State Transit goes on cost-cutting drive to keep bus contracts

About 200 jobs will be axed at State Transit – most of them from support roles – as the government-run operator slashes costs to allow it to hold onto large Sydney bus contracts. In a blow to staff just two weeks before Christmas, State Transit has told its heavily unionised workforce there will be cuts […] Read More »