||Issue No. 356||21 December 2006|
Interview: The Terminator
Industrial: Vive La Resistance
Unions: Breaking News
History: Seven Deadly Sins
Economics: Back to the Future
Politics: Organising and Organisations
International: Web Retrospective
Review: Shock Therapy
All the Best
New Thinking to Transport Sydney
Frustration with political buck-passing and short-term fixes led the RTBU to commission ï¿½Moving Onï¿½ from the University of Technology Sydney's Institute for Sustainable Futures.
The document challenges "old thinking" about public transport and puts up radical proposals for a user-friendly system that would define the region for the next 100 years.
Key propositions include ...
- dealing the federal government into investment, planning and delivery
- establishing a single transport authority, responsible to parliament, for implementing a cohesive, long-term infrastructure and public transport plan
- wider public consultation and participation in the planning process
- adopting full-cost accounting procedures that measure the social and environmental costs of competing transport projects
RTBU state secretary, Nick Lewocki, says commuters are tired of "visionless spin" that tells them they are better off with slower and fewer services.
"We've had 10 years of this government, a Transport Minister and an additional six ministers with transport responsibilities, but people in Sydney's outer suburbs and new developments still have few viable alternatives to their cars," Lewocki said.
"Moving On clearly identifies that Sydney's public transport system is marked by geographical and social inequalities.
"Commuters in western Sydney and developing areas have few options while those in wealthier suburbs have access to significant subsidised government services."
Lewocki says the report highlights the fact that an integrated system has become too big for state government, alone.
"We need to look at long-term solutions that involve federal funding and intervention."
The full Moving On blueprint is available at: http://rtbu-nsw.asn.au/campaigns/general/162_policy.html
Report Summary: http://rtbu-nsw.asn.au/campaigns/general/161_policy.html
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