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Light Rail to deliver $1 billion in benefits: ACT Government

Canberra Times, 31 October 2014

The ACT Government has unveiled its full business case for the Gungahlin tram line, which will cost $783 million and deliver what Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell described as $1 billion in benefits to the territory. The price tag comes with a 75 per cent confidence measure, meaning a 25 per cent risk the project could run over.

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Have Your Say on Transport Issues in Perth’s Eastern Region

How could your commute be improved? More bicycle lanes? Improved bus timetables? Lower speed limits? Share your thoughts and ideas using the online Collaborative Community Mapping Tool and help identify transport issues in your community.

 Visit the EMRC website- http://www.emrc.org.au/engage.html/?utm_campaign=CM&utm_medium=email&utm_source=STCWA   

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Deutsche Bank sees all 50 US states at solar grid parity by 2016

RE New Economy, 27 October 2014

Rooftop solar PV will reach grid parity in 50 US states by 2016 – up from just 10 now – setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake in household and commercial rooftop solar in the world’s biggest economy.

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Saudi Arabia Still Calling the Shots

Energy Trends Insider, 15 October 2014

There have been a lot of stories over the past few years about the implications of the US shale boom. To review for those who might have been living in a cave for the past 5 years, the marriage of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has reversed 40 years of declining US oil production and created a shale oil and gas boom. As amazing as it would have seemed a decade ago, US oil production is increasing at the fastest pace in US history. In the past 5 years US oil production has increased by 3.22 million barrels per day (bpd). The overall global oil production increase during that time was only 3.85 million bpd, meaning the US was responsible for 83.6 percent of the total global increase over the past 5 years.

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The Management of Western Australiaӳ Freight Rail Network

WA Economics and Industry Standing Committee, 16 October 2014

The Economic and Industry Standing Committee’s report from its Inquiry into the current lease arrangements and management of the Western Australian freight rail network.

REPORT: www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/commit.nsf/(Report+Lookup+by+Com+ID)/197314BAD95DD73348257D730007F270/$file/34351108.pdf 

SUBMISSIONS & HEARINGS:  www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/commit.nsf/(EvidenceOnly)/F96D1AFA1D945C3348257C9A0009FF2B?opendocument

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Cycling in the city as the ‘share economy’

Brisbane Times, 23 October 2014

It's Friday, rush hour, and Crown Street is all snafued with footpath construction. We are crossing with the lights, the poodle and I, filing between barricades when a bearded cyclist whizzes through, narrowly missing an old bloke who, having crept across Cleveland, takes the footpath for safety. It's not. Sure, the cyclist wants to get through on green. Yes, cycling benefits everyone. And yes, on-road dangers make footpath-cycling an occasional necessity. But no, the footpath is not the cyclist's right, much less his right-of-way. And no, threatening friable pedestrians – or any pedestrians, actually – is not okay.

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Work on eastern suburbs light rail begins along George Street

Canberra Times, 23 October 2014

The [NSW] state government announced on Thursday night it has chosen a preferred contractor for its eastern suburbs light rail project, as it begins preparing to tear up George Street this Sunday. The government says its preferred consortium for building the light rail, "Connecting Sydney" is promising an expanded service, which can carry up to 50 per cent more but also an increase on its estimated $1.6 billion budget.    

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Jeremy Hanson will do ‘everything’ to stop light rail in Canberra

Canberra Times, 20 October 2014

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson says he will do everything in his power to stop the development of light rail in Canberra, as a new survey shows 59 per cent of participants oppose the planned route to Gungahlin. Mr Hanson wouldn't say if an incoming Liberal government would tear up contracts for the $783-million project, dismissing questions as hypothetical.

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BUS STOPS נDISABILITY ACCESS UPGRADE: 23 Oct

2942. Ms J.M. Freeman to the Minister for Transport:

(1) How much is allocated in the state budget to the upgrade bus-stops to meet current disability access standards in:

(a) 2014–2015;

(b) 2015–2016;

(c) 2016–2017; and

(d) 2017–2018?

(2) What bus stops have already been selected for upgrading in 2013–2014?

(3) How much is allocated for each bus stop in (2)?

(4) What bus-stops were upgraded in:

(a) 2012–2013; and

(b) 2013–2014?

(5) What was the final cost to upgrade each bus stop in 4(a) and (b)?

(6) What is the funding ratio between state and local governments to upgrade bus stops?

(7) How are bus stops to be upgraded, identified and selected?

(8) What criteria are used to identify priority locations?

(9) Does the criteria require that the full length of the bus route be upgraded at the same time?

(10) Is it a requirement that upgraded bus stops have footpath access to them?

(11) If no, how are people with disabilities expected to access the upgraded bus stop?


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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

The Guardian, 24 October 2014

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.

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