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Mar 23

Assaults on bus drivers rising: union

AAP Assaults on Queensland bus drivers have increased since the horrific death of Manmeet Alisher, the transport union claims. Mr Alisher died almost instantly after he was set alight behind the wheel while stopped at Moorooka, south of Brisbane, in October last year. The 29-year-old’s alleged attacker Anthony O’Donohue is charged with murder as well […] Read More »

Mar 17

Opal fare hikes to sting commuters with hundreds of dollars of extra costs, state Labor says

Reported in the St. Mary Mt Druitt Star Commuters will be hit with hundreds of dollars in extra costs when looming Opal fare hikes take effect, according state Labor MPs. Opposition transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay met with Blacktown MP John Robertson and Mount Druitt MP Edmond Atalla on Wednesday to call on the government to […] Read More »

Mar 17

Parramatta Light Rail holds public information sessions on stage one route

Reported in the Parramatta Holroyd Sun Now is the time to jump on board to have your say about the proposed Parramatta Light Rail route. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance recently announced the preferred route for first stage of the project, due to open in 2023. The first stage will […] Read More »

Mar 10

Revealed: Gladys Berejiklian was sent light rail cost blowout details

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Premier Gladys Berejiklian was sent details of a $549 million blowout in the cost of the Sydney light rail project just weeks before, as transport minister, she issued information misleading the public about the reason for the increase. The revelation, contained in a Transport for NSW response to a […] Read More »

Mar 9

Frustrating ‘farce’

Published in Newcastle Herald Letters Can the Minister for Transport or anyone in Transport for NSW tell me why I and many other pension concession Opal card holders have had to apply for a new card after losing our Centrelink entitlement? A majority of us are still entitled to the concession as NSW seniors card […] Read More »

Mar 9

Sydney braced for fresh road hell

By Miranda Devine, Published in the The Daily Telegraph Sydneysiders are a patient breed. But George St continues to look like the main street of Mogadishu as the light rail we are not sure we even want slowly comes together at a cost of $200,000 per metre. And we’re now facing another year in which […] Read More »

Mar 8

Charges laid for attack on bus driver

Reported in the Manly Daily A DEE WHY man has been charged with assaulting a bus driver at Dee Why on Sunday morning.And local police want everyone to know that they will not tolerate behaviour that endangers the safety of drivers or passengers on buses on the northern beaches. At 9.40am on Sunday the alleged […] Read More »

Feb 24

RTBU Blasts Penalty Rates Decision

The RTBU has blasted the decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday penalty rates for workers in the hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy industries. RTBU National Secretary Bob Nanva said the cut to wages for low-paid workers was even more galling when the Federal Government was proposing to give a $50 billion […] Read More »

Feb 23

Newcastle commuters to be shifted to light rail

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: Newcastle’s public buses are likely to run down King Street and Honeysuckle Drive while the light rail is being built, and most services will terminate at the Wickham interchange once the trams are operating on Hunter Street. The free buses that have run throughout the CBD since 2004 are also likely to […] Read More »

Feb 21

Sydney CBD and South East light rail crowding rates exceed bus and train ‘crush capacity’

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Passenger crowding on the $2.1 billion Sydney inner-city light rail is forecast to easily exceed “crush capacity” rates for buses and heavy rail, raising questions about patronage on key sections of the line. The analysis is contained in a capacity report for the Sydney CBD and South East light […] Read More »