Action for Public Transport (N.S.W.)
Current and forthcoming issues in Sydney transport
- The transitway network
proposed for western and north-western areas.
- Extension of the Pyrmont-Central light rail north to Circular Quay.
The first stage of the less important Leichhardt extension has been built.
However, shopkeepers in the Pitt Street mall oppose the proposed
City loop because it will make them share with other shops the pre-eminent
status held by them because of their easily-reached position.
And it is opposed by e.g. the NRMA because it will allegedly cause
unacceptable disruption to road traffic.
Opponents have conceded it could go ahead once the cross-city tunnel has
been built yet it seems to have disappeared from plans.
- Stage 3 of the Eastern Distributor motorway, more accurately known as
the Airport Tollway has opened.
However, it is not carrying enough toll-paying traffic for it
to survive - what will happen to it?
- The new M5 East tunnel under Turrella is visibly smokey at most times;
will community concern about drivers breathing bad air be enough
to make the RTA boost the ventilation and provide more powerful
ventilation in subsequent tunnels?
- Mitigating the traffic congestion which opening the
M2 motorway has caused in
The current (Labor) government cannot hope to win any seats
in that part of Sydney and thus is investigating a self-financed tunnel,
which would mean motorists from the north-west would have to pay three
tolls each way on a return trip to the airport.
- The cross-city tunnel.
Incredibly, an editorial in the Sydney
Morning Herald on 24th October 1999 stated the tunnel would fix the CBD'S
gridlock. Construction seems likely to commence in 2002.
- The Parramatta-Chatswood railway.
Will the NIMBYs of West Lindfield derail it?
Our submission which was lodged in February 2000.
Approval for the project was announced on 28 February 2002 but did not
included the UTS railway station in West Lindfield. The station was
included only as a condition, to be built if education authorities
demonstrate demand. Of course, this may not happen. Design work on
the station stopped on about 22 February and adjustment to the line
is thought to be taking place in stead of the station. If the railway
is built without provision for the station, it may be prohibitively
expensive to revive the station later.
Kindred organisations and journals, especially around Sydney
- Bicycle New South Wales,
Level 2, 207 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
- Coalition of Transport Action Groups, Post Office Box 204, Beecroft 2119.
- Transport Action Group (against Motorways), Post Office Box 333, Bexley 2207.
Sydney, Post Office Box 630, Milson's Point 1565.
5th floor, 362 Kent Street, Sydney.
- Total Environment Centre,
2nd floor, 362 Kent Street, Sydney.
- Smog Busters
- The peripatetic
Nick Possum of Werrong Investigations, who has a particular proficiency
in probing the corruption that pervades transport infrastructure
- Urban Environment Coalition
Public Transport Users' Association, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
- People for Public Transport, Conservation Centre, 120 Wakefield St., Adelaide.
- Transit Australia magazine.
- Australian Railway
Digest, which sometimes publishes articles about metropolitan transport.
- Surface Transportation Policy Project (U.S.A.)
- National Association of Railroad Passengers (U.S.A.)
- American Public Transit Association
- Friends of the Earth, London
SUSTRAN Sustainable Transport Action Network for Asia and the Pacific.
Transport 2000 Canada, Box/CP858, Station B, Ottawa
- Transit Users' Group, Vancouver
Association of Transit Consumers, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
- Citizens for Reliable and Safe
- Canadians for Reliable and Safe
- Energy section of the
World Resources Institute site.
Public policy-making organisations
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