A PLAN for Victoria's new smartcard ticketing system to double as a cash card has been shelved after Government intervention.
Staff of the Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA), set up to roll out the myki ticketing system — had been examining commercial opportunities for the card based on similar systems overseas.
Hong Kong's Octopus card allows customers to add money to their cards to pay for train and bus fares and also to buy food and drinks from retailers and to buy books.
If introduced here, the TTA would be able to generate millions of dollars by taking a small percentage of each transaction.
El Zorro is operating ballast trains between Kaniva and Horsham and is operating out of Glenorchy with locos T386 (V/Line colours) GM45 (leased from GWA) and GM36 (believe leased from Seymour Loco Group)
The website for El Zorro only mentions the operation of two grain trains in Victoria. No mention is made of ballast operations.
I would like some information on their origins in Victoria, their future contracts and what rolling stock they currently own.
There were only 100 sightings for this week, which is the same as last week. Making a total of 4066 sightings for this year to date. On day 272 last year we had seen 4500 sightings. On the B/G we have seen only two sightings for the week, on Monday we saw an up grain train with XR558(PN)+XR553, and it returned on the down that afternoon as 9123.
BASRAH, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2007 — The completed rehabilitation of the Basrah railroad station marks an important achievement in the development of basic transportation services and strategic infrastructure for the Iraqi people.
The $480,000 project was one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ main transportation projects in southern Iraq. In the Basrah Province, the Basrah station is one of seven railway stations that are being rehabilitated. All were looted and damaged after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
I read with interest the recent announcements by the Federal Government over African refugee immigration. I have heard rubbish callback radio regarding the move with people appalled at the decision of the government.
The Melbourne Age newspaper with I rarely buy ran a article on how African refugees are assimiliating with modern Australia.
V/LINE workers are demanding greater powers to curb rising violence on country trains.
They blame unprecedented patronage growth for a series of assaults and unruly behaviour.
Patronage has risen almost 30 per cent in a year with more than two million extra passenger trips across the state.
More than nine million passenger trips were taken last year compared with 7.26 million the year before.
Currently, V/Line conductors have the power only to inspect tickets.
"The miner had appealed a Federal Court of Australia ruling made in December that declared the company's railway lines in the Pilbara were not part of the production process. This decision paves the way for the rail lines potentially to be declared open to third-party access under the Trade Practices Act."
Posted October 5, 2007 15:50:00
Updated October 5, 2007 15:49:00
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says railway crossing regulations need to be overhauled across the country, after investigating a train crash south of Darwin.
EXTRA train services are on the horizon after a sustained boom in Warrnambool line passenger numbers.
A record 39,900 individual trips were made between Warrnambool and suburban Geelong in August.
AN independent safety audit of TransAdelaide must be conducted in light of the latest incident on Adelaide's troubled trains, the State Opposition says.
Setting up a new transit authority to fix South-East Queensland's public transport system sounds promising - but until there is some significant investment in new rail infrastructure, we're not going to see any real improvement.
The Victorian Government will spend $272 million to buy eight additional trains for Melbourne's overburdened rail system. The order comes on top of a $362 million order for 10 new trains announced in this year's state budget
The state Member for Bundaberg, in south-east Queensland, says the State Government has delayed an election promise to undertake a study on a new rail link for the Port of Bundaberg.
Walgett police say they have seized a semitrailer and front-end loader allegedly used to steal sleepers from a railway line at Pokataroo near Collarenebri in north-west New South Wales.
A consultant's report commissioned by Bogan Shire Council has found the main railway crossing in Nyngan, in central western New South Wales, does not need to close.
The second stage of a $350 million development at Townsville's old railway yards will officially be launched later today.
A Queensland Government survey has revealed outback residents are paying up to $113 more for supermarket groceries than city residents...
New South Wales Regional Development Minister Tony Kelly has defended State Government planning decisions that have led to transport log jams affecting coal mines in the Gunnedah and Narrabri districts.
THEY are dirty, old and covered in graffiti. Windows are cloudy and they rarely arrive on time, sometimes not turning up at all.
Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has been awarded an over 108 Million Euro contract by Queensland Rail (QR) in Australia to supply 25 Class 3800 heavy haul electric locomotives. The 25 Class 3800 heavy haul electric locomotives will be delivered over a period of 12 months commencing at the end of 2009.
A truck driver involved in the derailment of the Ghan passenger train last year has pleaded guilty to six traffic offences, but not guilty to more serious charges related to the accident.
The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Alannah MacTiernan, says the Perth to Mandurah train line is a step closer with the opening of Perth's new underground train stations this morning.
The NSW government has defended its plan for a $10 million overhaul of Sydney's rail network following opposition claims of a money-wasting "talk fest" that would do little to improve services.
Plans have been released for a proposal to develop a major song and poetry festival at the Werris Creek Rail Museum, in conjunction with the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The New South Wales Opposition says the State Government's plan to spend $10 million on hiring a consultancy company to survey CityRail and suggest improvements is a waste of taxpayer money.
Police are investigating the possibility that a gas cylinder, perhaps left on railway lines on purpose, caused yesterday's "severe" delays to thousands of Auckland rail commuters.
BY DAY Robert Lee lectures in Asian history at the University of Western Sydney. After hours he becomes a campaigner for some of India's most romantic but financially troubled railways.
There were 105 sightings for this week, which is seven sightings more than last week, making a total of 4371 sightings for this year to date. On day 293 last year we had seen 4831 sightings.
On the B/G we have seen no trains again for the week. We have not seen a B/G train since 24th September.
A JANUARY start on construction of Wodonga’s rail relocation project is looking increasingly likely.
However, the Victorian Government is continuing to hold out on announcing a commencement date to the public.
An investigation into a level crossing accident involving a truck and a train in Victoria's south last year, has found signs leading up to the crossing did not meet Australian standards.
The State Opposition says rail cars destined for the new Mandurah rail line are actually being used to service Perth's northern line.
Dear Boston Consulting Group, congratulations on getting that $10 million job to consult about the Sydney train network. Talk about a TravelTen!
The Mayor of Maryborough, in south-east Queensland, says the council will object to an application to close a portion of Wharf Street near the river, on the grounds that it is critical to the city's future.
The Northern Territory Government says discussions will be held with BHP Billiton executives later this year about moving more product from the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia on the railway and through the Port of Darwin.
There were 103 sightings for this week, which is two sightings less than last week, making a total of 4474 sightings for this year to date. On day 300 last year we had seen 4955 sightings. On the B/G we have seen no trains again for the week.
Opinion: In two weeks CityRail fares will rise by an average of 5.9 per cent, following a net 5.1 per cent rise in July last year. That adds up to an extra 11 per cent in 16 months, four times inflation for the period.