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Old January 30th, 2016, 09:10 PM   #61
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The problem with the BITRE trend figures, and with local and more contemporary figures, is that it is impossible to get meaningful information for some places - the most glaring omission for some time has been the Gold Coast but there are others (largely in Queensland as well). Regional bus operations in Queensland actually have more available and easier to follow patronage data at present than in SEQ!
Non-capital cities are an obvious omission from this data but generally public ttransport patronage has been miniscule. However, this is changing as Gold Coast testifies, and I think eventually BITRE should be looking at including statistics from other cities as well.

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Huh? Melbourne's trains have seen far higher growth than the trams. In the early 2000s trams had higher patronage than the trains. Now train patronage is miles ahead
I'm talking about in proportion to population growth. In simple absolute figures, yes, Melbourne's train patronage is higher than its tram patronage.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 03:59 PM   #62
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Prime Minister, Premier discuss funding for $100m Hobart light rail project
March 6, 2016 3:00pm



PREMIER Will Hodgman and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are discussing “innovative” ways to fund a light rail project for Hobart.

In the lead-up to this year’s federal election, Mr Hodgman said funding for light rail, that could run from the waterfront to Hobart’s northern suburbs taking in Mona, was one issue being discussed

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Old March 11th, 2016, 12:40 AM   #63
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Non-capital cities are an obvious omission from this data but generally public ttransport patronage has been miniscule. However, this is changing as Gold Coast testifies, and I think eventually BITRE should be looking at including statistics from other cities as well.
TransLink has at least just now started publishing Gold Coast bus and tram patronage stats as part of its quarterly reporting, so we have a reasonable picture instead of bus stats being grouped together with the whole of SEQ.

https://publications.qld.gov.au/data...ckerq22015.pdf.

Incidentally - the Gold Coast stats are just over 3.5 million per quarter for bus and a smidge under 2 million per quarter for tram, so around 22 million a year - plus I think somewhere between 2 and 3 million per year for heavy rail for a total of 23-25 million per annum. That excludes the Tweed counts because I have no idea what those are, and would have to be sourced from TfNSW, but assume quite a bit less. The indications are we swapped around 4 million bus trips for around 6.5 million tram trips overnight in 2014 and tram use has continued to grow. Bus use has been a bit stagnant but there have been zero network changes or improvements since light rail day 1, and some services are exceptionally poor at the moment.

Not too bad for where things were previously but a lot of room to grow yet.
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Old April 27th, 2016, 02:01 PM   #65
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AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government announced the shortlist for the fixed infrastructure contract for the Newcastle light rail project on April 27. The contract is expected to be awarded later this year.

The shortlisted bidders are:
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  • Downer EDI Works;
  • John Holland;
  • Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction;
  • McConnell Dowell Constructors
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Time for Wollongong to look at light rail

Wollongong needs to look at building a light rail network in the city, says a university transport expert.

University of Wollongong academic Dr Philip Laird, a transport consultant to state and federal government, said the city needed to get on board the idea of light rail[...]
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I'll reiterate what I've said before:

While building a new light rail line is generally a good idea, eliminating through-service from downtown to Sydney on the commuter rail is INCREDIBLY stupid.
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Transport for NSW approves Newcastle light rail project

THE Baird government has given the final tick of approval to the Newcastle Light Rail project, making only cosmetic changes to the plan in response to the 400-odd submissions received in the report’s Review of Environmental Factors[...]
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Keolis Downer to operate Newcastle light rail
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AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales announced on December 12 that it had selected the Keolis Downer joint venture of Keolis and Downer EDI to operate and maintain public transport in Newcastle for 10 years from July 2017 under a A$450m contract.

Operating under the Newcastle Transport brand, the joint venture will take over operation of buses and ferries initially, with a series of service changes and enhancements planned from the following year. It will also be responsible for the light rail line that is due to open in 2019. It is envisaged that this will run at 7½ min frequencies

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From Rail Journal

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Catenary-free operation for Newcastle light rail
Tuesday, April 18, 2017



NEW South Wales transport minister Mr Andrew Constance announced on April 18 that the new light rail line in the city of Newcastle will operate without catenary for much of its length to reduce the line’s visual impact

The fleet of six CAF Urbos LRVs will be equipped with an onboard energy storage system, reducing the need for overhead electrification on the 2.7km line, which will connect a new transport interchange at Wickham with the city centre and Pacific Park

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Newcastle tram map was added to urbanrail.net:
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