Archived newsletters (2001 to 2005)

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Archived newsletter article lists from 2001 to 2005:

December 2005

  • Government forced into action
  • Annual General Meeting report
  • PTUA launches Five Year Plan (PDF 852Kb)
  • Removing tram stops slows down trams!
  • Discounted yearly tickets
  • Geelong branch
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Doncaster to (finally) get on track?
  • Outer East report
  • Suburbs rally to PT in council elections
  • Calling all RACV members
  • Letter to the editor
  • Transport myths: that freeways relieve congestion

September 2005

  • Bus reform urgent
  • Oil prices keep breaking records
  • Annual General Meeting ? 3rd of November
  • Tram priority at last?
  • Tax reform back on the agenda
  • Outer East branch ? now meeting locally
  • Geelong news
  • Dandenong gets extra trains
  • Lack of integration hampering Melbourne 2030
  • Road lobby dusts off its wish list
  • Another local council considers funding PT
  • Petition for level crossing elimination
  • Perth extends trains, considers trams
  • Common myths about transport: Alternative fuels

July 2005

  • State budget drip feeds public transport
  • RIP “Think Tram”
  • The End of Suburbia
  • Warrigal Road SmartBus finally arrives
  • Outer East Branch is one year old!
  • Transport planning looks ahead, to 1969
  • Is a $1b third track to Dandenong really needed?
  • Re-privatisation not solving rail chaos
  • Greater Dandenong bus continues
  • Public transport black spot of the month
  • Common myths about public transport: Cars
  • Spencer Street: the next phase

April 2005

  • And so it begins: Is this the oil crunch?
  • It’s time to move in South Morang
  • Cheap yearly Metcards
  • “The End of Suburbia” — free screening
  • Public meeting: Yarra
  • Outer east — there’s more to do!
  • Tram 48 rolls on to Doncaster: Have your say
  • Common myths about public transport: Density
  • Geelong report
  • Our assessment of Bracks: the government replies
  • Going loopy: You can’t get there from here!

February 2005

  • Threat to Collins Street tram stops
  • Stud Road SmartBus — Labor’s last stand
  • Fast rail timetable draft
  • Geelong report
  • Bendigo line closure
  • ALP councillor reneges on Yarra promise
  • Tram 48 to Doncaster — it’s not too late
  • Successful start to the New Year
  • Misinformation rife on the tram network
  • PTUA survey results: Frequency is the key
  • Are we too harsh on the government?
  • The Bracks government’s election promises

December 2004

  • Dandenong goes it alone
  • Metro transport plan gutted
  • Geelong Branch
  • Want cheap tickets?
  • Fare Changes Sabotage Periodicals
  • Summer service reductions again
  • Metropolitan Transport Plan: little for the Outer East
  • PTUA Outer East Branch
  • Victory for transport activists in local elections
  • Spencer Street closure – passengers suffer again
  • New Year’s Eve chaos fixed
  • News in brief
  • Trains still a mess
  • Craigieburn extension: no stop at Coolaroo
  • Tell us what you think

October 2004: Federal election special

  • Election editorial: Labor by a nose
  • Annual General Meeting report
  • Policies compared: Democrats
  • Policies compared: Coalition: Roads, roads, roads
  • Policies compared: Labor: All talk, few dollars
  • Policies compared: Greens

August 2004

  • Train woes continue
  • Public meetings: Make your voice heard
  • Annual General Meeting – 16th of September
  • Oil: Why we must do more with less
  • More councils supporting better PT
  • …but what about Yarra?… Let’s get Yarra moving!
  • Ombudsman appointed
  • Outer East: Public transport – is it moving you?
  • Doncaster rail line
  • Federal money for public transport?
  • Warrnambool line: damage must be undone
  • News in brief
  • Increased fines to have little impact

June 2004

  • Ombudsman nobbled
  • State budget slammed
  • Passenger Trains return to Bairnsdale
  • Concession card move praised
  • Knox rail study
  • Will 20/2020 happen?
  • Do we really spend more on public transport than on roads?
  • Outer East
  • Train travellers kept waiting, guessing
  • Letter to the editor
  • South Morang
  • Batchelor on notice: fix the trains
  • Learning the hard way?

April 2004

  • New contracts raise questions
  • New Year’s Eve – All night trains at last
  • Vale Rupert Hamer
  • Station staff return … sometimes
  • Bendigo line fast rail heats up
  • Geelong branch update
  • VCAT approves tram stop sabotage
  • Federal money should fund PT
  • Outer east
  • Avalon airport
  • Sydney Road: remove clearways, fix tram priority
  • High density: not the miracle cure for poor patronage
  • Victoria Parade solution blocked by Vicroads

February 2004

  • New Year’s Eve debacle: How not to move 300,000 people
  • Fares up in ticketing overhaul
  • Uni Tram Terminus plans stalled (for now)
  • Time to end summer timetable confusion
  • Geelong line closure
  • Show us the plan!
  • A fresh perspective on the speeding debate
  • Opportunity Knox: The PTUA’s short-term vision for Knox
  • News in brief

December 2003

  • Melbourne Central – Unlinking Melbourne’s Transport
  • Uni terminus design leap in wrong direction
  • PTUA plans for 2004
  • News in brief
  • NYE – Fireworks – followed by sore feet?
  • New Trainlink buses on the right track
  • Government stalling on BusPlan
  • Inspectors code of conduct: More of the same
  • Regional rail

October 2003

  • Bus Plan on the road to nowhere
  • All change at PTUA HQ
  • More calls for staff
  • AGM Report
  • Contract negotiations – why the secrecy?
  • Regional fast rail update
  • Summer nights are coming – but how to get home?
  • Knox council to study train line
  • Smartcards offer no security
  • Suburban trains – Upfield upgrade as Hitachis dumped
  • Geelong update
  • The six million dollar trams
  • How many seats?
  • What you can do for better PT

July 2003

  • Unified branding returns
  • Tram Plan
  • Tram Jam Plan Slammed – Trains the only solution for Doncaster
  • Yarra Trams: Be nice to us or we will sue you
  • Even the smartest cards won’t stop cheats
  • Court vindicates tram passenger
  • More frequency quick smart!
  • No to tram stop cull
  • Regional rail foresight strategy slammed
  • Bendigo fast rail uncertainty continues
  • Grovedale station – where will it be?
  • Geelong fare reform
  • It’s still Time To Move

May 2003

  • Budget blow-out
  • Buses – has the bureaucracy finally got it?
  • National PT summit
  • State budget: More roads – scraps for PT
  • Gap filled by 109 extension
  • Yarra trams: BYO seats?
  • Country trains return
  • Ombudsman Prepares to Open
  • Knox: win for PT campaigners
  • Govt to Monash people: Get a car
  • Support grows for station re-staffing
  • Letter to the editor
  • State govt misled Feds on freeway plans, says Court
  • Time to review oil dependence

March 2003

  • Safety means staff
  • NX gone: what next?
  • Geelong branch
  • Swanston Street … walk?
  • PTUA calls for better Chadstone transport
  • Smart card exhibit ends
  • Runaway train
  • In depth: safety
  • City Circle extended
  • Drive-in public transport?
  • PTUA in 2003
  • Letter to the editor

December 2002

  • State election – Freeway building the ultimate vote-loser
  • It’s time to move
  • Stop press: M>Gone
  • Geelong branch news
  • Ticketing: technology not the answer
  • PTUA general meeting
  • Your committee for 2003
  • Govt’s Christmas present: Higher fares, slashed services
  • Letter to the editor
  • Judicial inquiry called for on secret freeway plans

Election 2002

State Election 2002 Comment
Comparison of the Major Parties’ Transport Policies

September 2002

  • It’s time to move on ticketing
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Contracts up for grabs?
  • How smart is SmartBus?
  • Tram 109 Project
  • Sunbury cuts
  • First steps on ticketing welcomed – but much more to be done
  • Metro Strategy to promise “more of the same”
  • Docklands transport plan
  • Feeder services the key to increased rail use
  • Complaints
  • Fares policy meeting
  • In brief

June 2002

  • State budget unbalanced for transport
  • PTUA applauds National Transport Plan
  • From the Secretary
  • Inspectors and ticketing
  • Trams not taxis
  • Skybus upgrade
  • Forums call for better public transport
  • Geelong report
  • PTCCC
  • Outer East Campaign Revs Up For 2002
  • Fares and zones: What’s our policy?
  • Contracts vs. Reality: M>Tram (PDF)

April 2002

  • $105 million – for what?
  • The Met coming back?
  • City of Yarra goes green
  • From the President – It’s a Team Thing
  • Yarra Trams’ Quest for Power
  • Fare evasion: “Rights blitz”
  • Late night services
  • MCG parking ban?
  • Sydenham services successful
  • Are conductors affordable?
  • Geelong branch report
  • 20% by 2020: Making it happen
  • Rowville bus changes: opportunities missed for real improvement
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Quotable quotes
  • Diary
  • Stay up to date by e-mail

February 2002

  • A New Year, a New Team
  • Traffic chokes City of Yarra
  • PTUA Plans for 2002
  • Airport rail link scrapped
  • Melbourne lags on late night transport
  • M>Trams faster
  • Meet the 2002 committee
  • From Paul Mees
  • Suburbs suffer PT shutdown
  • Craigieburn services saved
  • M> Sunday services under review
  • Sydenham trains
  • News in brief
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Contracts vs. Reality: Yarra Trams Franchise Agreements compared to Actual Services (PDF)
  • Humour: Who is the PTUA a front for?

December 2001

  • Ticketing fiasco rolls on
  • Fast train flop?
  • PTUA AGM report
  • Minister must save Sunday trains
  • Eastern-Tullamarine Freeway link: On or off?
  • Bourke Street
  • PT First and the Federal election
  • High Court finds for Transurban
  • Geelong news
  • Airport rail link in doubt
  • New Trams and Superstops
  • Scoresby Freeway Challenge
  • Disruption handled well

October 2001

  • PTUA 25th Anniversary & Annual General Meeting
  • Swanston Street
  • Public Transport First campaign gears up for federal election
  • PTUA reviews PTCCC involvement
  • Regional News: Geelong
  • Rowville/Monash rail line dropped
  • Scoresby Freeway illegal?
  • Government knocks back Ventura Sunday service request
  • Stop press: City Link appeal dismissed
  • Trains: Contracts vs Reality – Bayside Franchise Agreements compared to Actual Services PDF
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Petitioners seek bus shelter removal
  • PTUA to run Bourke Street tram campaign
  • PTUA appears before Parliamentary Committee
  • Bus strike strands thousands

August 2001

  • The Public Transport First campaign in Aston
  • PTUA 25th Anniversary
  • PTUA slams Bourke St tram removal plan
  • Labor MP backs public transport
  • Skybus opposes airport rail link
  • First Anniversary of the Bus Tour – But still no improvements for Geelong’s buses from the Bracks Government
  • PTUA endorses EV rural transport paper
  • Fair Fares?
  • The flaws of Charters and Committees
  • Environment Assessment Review
  • A Very Public Solution: still on sale
  • Batchelor bypasses on study reference group
  • City Link

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