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Greens roll out first electric bus made at Avalon, push for more

Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2017
THE first of several Avalon-made electric buses have hit the Princes Fwy, with the Victorian Greens pushing for State Government investment in the environmentally friendly people-movers. Melbourne MP Ellen Sandell and her Greens colleagues parked the hi-tech bus outside State Parliament before heading inside to call for an inquiry into the benefits of electric vehicles.
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Daniel Andrews, please return public transport to the people

The Guardian, 7 February 2017
The privatisation of Victoria’s train and tram system has not delivered savings to the public – so why not bring it back under state control?

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Melbourne’s trams to be solar powered

The Age, 19 January 2017
Melbourne’s trams network will soon be powered by the first large-scale solar plant to be built in Victoria. The solar plant, which will be completed by the end of 2018, is expected to be located in Victoria’s north-west.

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What if Uber kills off public transport rather than cars?

The Guardian, 13 January 2017
he perceived wisdom is that Uber has disrupted taxis and that private automobiles are next, but what if we’ve misread what is happening in our cities? Traditional thinking would suggest that UberPool, which allows users to split the cost of trips with other Uber riders heading in the same direction, will always be inferior to public transport. Sitting in the backseat of a Prius may be more comfortable than standing on a crowded bus or train, continues this reasoning, but carpooling can’t substitute for mass transit at rush hours without massively increasing congestion. This is wrong.

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Sky rail: Supreme Court dismisses residents’ bid to derail project

The Age, 20 December 2016
A legal bid by angry residents to halt the controversial sky rail project has been dismissed in the [VIC] Supreme Court. Labor is building kilometres of elevated rail track along the Cranbourne Pakenham line between Caulfield and Dandenong station as part of its policy to remove 50 level crossings.

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First tram tracks laid for George Street light rail

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2016
[NSW] Transport Minister Andrew Constance is confident the state government and Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore will come to a mutually agreeable design for the light rail line and pedestrian boulevard down George Street. Mr Constance on Monday witnessed the first section of track laid on George Street for the tram project, which is scheduled to be finished in 2019.

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13 October 2016- Statement by Member for Belmont
MRS G.J. GODFREY (Belmont) [12.55 pm]: I inform the house that Tuesday, 25 October marks a significant milestone for the travelling public of Western Australia. Thirty years ago the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, officially opened Perth Airport’s international terminal and the iconic air traffic control tower on the airport estate.
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11 October 2016
5802. Ms R. Saffioti to the Minister for Transport:
I refer to the proposed roll out of Automatic Train Control (ATC) technology across the rail network as described on page 35 of the “Public Transport Plan Transport @3.5 million” and ask:
(a) over what period of time will ATC be rolled out over the Midland line; and
(b) what is the expected cost of this roll out, and what is the source of funding?
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London cycling: pedestrians, congestion and learning from mistakes

The Guardian, 13 October 2016
As Sadiq Khan and his deputy for transport Val Shawcross assess applicants for the role of cycling and walking commissioner, it is becoming ever more apparent that much must be learned from the failings of the previous mayoral regime. Shawcross herself seems fully alive this, observing in a recent interview that cycling policy should not only be about servicing the existing (and rather narrow) commuter and otherwise committed cyclist demographic but properly recognising others’ interests too. “The way some of the previous schemes have been consulted on and designed has led to some residents, who don’t see themselves as cyclists, feeling disadvantaged,” she correctly observed. “I think it’s important that everybody sees that the cycling and walking agenda is for all of us”.

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Has Sydney’s existing airport train found its Waterloo?

Crikey, 16 September 2016
A solution to the technical dilemmas posed by a southerly extension of the NW Metro project may be found by running it through the already planned new inner South Sydney station at Waterloo, and then onto Green Square, taking over the existing Sydney Airport rail link.
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