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 »

Dec 12

Union cautious as new Newcastle Transport operator announced

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) of New South Wales has cautiously welcomed today’s announcement that Keolis Downer will take over Newcastle Transport’s operation, marking the end of an era for Newcastle Buses and Ferries. RTBU NSW Tram and Bus Secretary Chris Preston said, “We welcome better integrated transport for the city of Newcastle, […] Read More »

Dec 6

Newcastle light rail needs NSW Auditor-General’s attention say NSW Greens

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: Newcastle’s light ‍rail project should be investigated by the NSW Auditor-General in light of problems with the Sydney CBD light ‍rail, the NSW Greens have requested. An auditor-general’s report late last month on the CBD and South East Light ‍Rail project said the cost of the Sydney project blew out […] Read More »

Dec 2

Thank-you and Merry Christmas from the Tram and Bus Division

It’s been a tough year for the Tram and Bus Division. As usual privatisation of bus services has been top of the agenda. This year we’ve been out on the streets to fight against the privatisation of bus services, talking to the public and representing our members in the ongoing debate In particular we are […] Read More »