If you cannot afford fuel, you cannot afford the money to catch a bus/train.
Yes you are taking us on a circular loop with this. If you don't have a car and want to use PT and its not available in your area then move, its as simple as that. Don't live in car centric suburbs if you don't own a car.
Again and for the last time, PT will not solve Newcastle's unemployment issues and why you keep trying to link the two god only knows. If you don't have a job and cannot find one in Newcastle then you need to move, simple as that. Anyone who grew up in a rural or interurban area will know this. At age 18 I was travelling 180km return a day for work from just south of Newcastle.
Olympic Park will have its DD services terminated long before the last of the 4 car sets come up for retirement. No more 8 cars, no more high labour cost operations.
The CAPEX would have been $100M's, OPEX $100k's, Western Metro solves both.
The business case for Glendale was either poorly presented and/or didn't justify the numbers.
Again the biggest issue for Newcastle is lack of a central employment district like a CBD, the tram is trying to save it although I don't support this, let it die its natural death.
Whoa mate, I am not referring to Newcastle and even my own situation with my talks against automation here.
I have a car, can afford fuel (fuel actually being the lowest expense of car ownership for that matter), work in Sydney, and plan on moving - so why advocate for Newcastle services if I'm alright? because it might be easy for me as one person to get up and move but try telling that to a family of 4! because people need to have more than one option when choosing a place to live! lack of infrastructure or employment opportunities if acceptable in a rural area but not in a city - and Newcastle is a city, and it's too far from Sydney for most to commute!
The link between unemployment and PT: simple, without usable PT, people who don't come from wealthy backgrounds can't get a job since most employers in Newcastle won't hire people without cars, and the only way to get a car without a job is to come from said wealthy background, car dependent environments are also toxic to small businesses.
Most people can't afford to live in non car-centric areas since the government refuses to build infrastructure outside of Sydney!
Anyway, the actual meaning of my comment comes down to this: automating things makes things cheaper for most but also puts a large portion of the population out of work (647,000 receive the Newstart allowance, even over-estimating that half are either sick or lazy leaves a large number unable to get work), not automating jobs will mean that products are more expensive and that leaders/owners might need to use Aldi brand toilet paper, but it would mean more people employed and less crime and less tax payer money spend on welfare - it sounds backwards to purposely not embrace technology to keep the population employed but do you have a better idea?
Anyway, I doubt that the current Olympic Park services will cease when the western metro comes through, maybe a frequency drop, but I can't see the services ceasing, so they really need to quit with the 8 carriage trains when 4 carriages are available, they do it on weekdays now, but for some reason they insist on running Waratah's to Olympic Park on a late Sunday night!
Quickly back to Newcastle, 'numbers' are an interesting term, where would they get the 'numbers' to not build a station at Glendale? patronage on existing services? that's counter-intuitive considering existing services are unusable when local stations are inaccessible and services bypass local destinations with no station at all.
The lack of a central employment district like a proper CBD is a serious issue (and the tram is not going to save it when the only way to get there is via terrible PT), but surely the NSW Government can provide just a little big more than they do now; I mean seriously: no pedestrian infrastructure to existing local stations, no local stations at local destinations alongside existing lines, poor connection times, services frequencies as low as once every 2 hours on some buses and trains; you'll never justify a metro or 4 minute frequencies or anything close to that in Newcastle (and anyone who would advocate for such would be delusional), but seriously? how can such lack of service be acceptable in a city of half a million?
Anyway, better save Newcastle discussions to other topics?