Melbourne is set to have 7 million people by 2049, and a plan is needed.
IN 1949, Australia's population was 8 million, and Melbourne's about 1.25 million. Treasury secretary Ken Henry is now predicting populations in 2049 of 35 million and 7 million, respectively.
We have struggled to manage our transport systems, water supplies, pollution and urban expansion during moderate growth since the 1940s. How will we manage a growth explosion that Henry says will demand ''the largest structural adjustment in Australian history''?
Minutes before he was stabbed to death, a teenage boy stalked his attacker through a Sydney train and threw the first punch in the fatal brawl, a court has been told.
Andrew Motuliki, 17, of Marrickville, died after being stabbed in the chest during a fight between two groups of teenagers on a train at Campsie railway station on December 21 last year.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murdering Motuliki.
Queensland Rail is under fire over the number of regular faults and delays on the city network.
There were 60 services affected this morning because of a major fault on the Ferny Grove line between Bowen Hills and Mitchelton.
There was another fault between Central Station and Roma Street.
URGENT upgrades to the public transport network are running alarmingly late, putting commuters at risk and fuelling doubts about the Brumby Government's ability to deliver major projects under the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan.
Project delivery has fallen to its lowest level this decade - at a time when demands on the public transport network have never been greater, the Transport Department's annual report shows.
Commuters on a city-bound Belgrave-Lilydale train experienced minor delays during peak hour this morning after a passenger became sick.
Connex spokesman Lanie Harris said the train was stopped near Blackburn station for about 20 minutes.
MORE than 900 armed security guards would patrol every train station in Melbourne and Victoria's main regional cities from 6pm to the last train under a Coalition state government.
The police transit safety squad would also be expanded by 100, bringing to 350 the number of officers patrolling the train, tram and bus networks.
The Liberals' $200 million public transport safety pledge is designed to give the party a much-needed momentum boost in the lead-up to next November's state election.
The public transport smartcard, myki, is proving a political headache for the State Government. Clay Lucas reports on the much-maligned ticket system.
MYKI. It is meant to be short for "my key". But for Kate Leckey from Creswick, near Ballarat, the $1.35 billion smartcard isn't so much a key to getting around her town as a colossal waste of money. Since mid-year, myki has been operating on buses around Ballarat in what Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky describes as a smooth roll-out. Soon, Kosky won't say precisely when, myki will come to Melbourne.
A ''COMMONSENSE'' approach should have been taken by inspectors to a tram passenger fined $172 after his valid ticket failed to work, Premier John Brumby and Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky have said.
Commuter Muru Gappan said yesterday he would fight in court the $172 fine he received after his multi-trip ticket failed aboard a Glen Huntly tram despite repeated attempts to validate it.
An Australian Transport Council decision to replace state based rail watchdogs with a single national regulator in Adelaide would jeopardise safety and put lives at risk the Rail, Tram and Bus Union warned today.
IT'S going to be another long hot summer for train commuters it seems, with Connex already cancelling 34 services so far today, many due to the heat.
Cancellations started becoming more frequent this afternoon after temperatures hit 33 degrees at noon.
It has since climbed to 34.5 degrees — the temperature at which Connex earlier this year told the Brumby Government the city's train fleet would start to fail.
Expressions of interest are about to be called from companies wanting the contract to electrify Adelaide's rail network.
A $1.4 billion electric rail service is expected to be in operation by 2013, with work on the Seaford and Gawler lines due to start in 2011.
he Victorian Opposition has promised security officers for the Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat train stations, if it wins government.
The Opposition released its transport security policy yesterday.
An exclusion zone along rail lines could be required for all future development in the mid-western region of New South Wales.
Councillors have recommended a 50-metre landscaped buffer be introduced to protect homes and businesses from the noise and potential dust generated by coal trains which are set to return to the area.
The proposal will now go to the next council meeting.
The state member for Lismore, Thomas George, says amendments to the state government's controversial rail-trail bill are a significant win for the north coast community.
The original bill was slammed by pro-rail groups and The Greens, who believed it would be used to allow the sell off of disused rail lines.
A drunk woman who fell on the tracks at a Boston train station has walked away without injury and is now resting at home.
People flagged down the train driver to alert him the 26-year-old unnamed woman had fallen onto the tracks on Friday night.
A rash of cancellations on Melbourne’s train network yesterday was the result of a maintenance backlog, not the city’s spring heatwave, according to Transport Minister Lynne Kosky and Connex.
As city temperatures peaked at 35 degrees yesterday afternoon, Connex cancelled dozens of trains, delaying thousands of commuters.
A run-in with ticket inspectors that led to a passenger with a paid ticket being fined because a tram’s validation machines didn’t work was "ridiculous", according to a public transport advocate.
Muru Gappan was handed a $172 fine by tram ticket inspectors in September because he had been unable to validate his pre-paid multi-trip ticket.
Geelong bus passengers who have acted as myki guinea pigs are predicting a transport "nightmare" when the new ticketing system rolls out across Melbourne.
The travel cards were introduced on Geelong buses at the end of last year and are expected to be up and running in Melbourne this month.
There were 81 sightings for this week. This is seven sighting less than last week, making a total of 3743 sightings for this year to date. On day 311 last year we had recorded 4424 sightings.
We have seen five sightings on the B/G this week, which are four less that last week.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says it had no prior warning about job cuts announced by a Newcastle train manufacturer yesterday.
More than 40 jobs are set to go at United Goninan's Broadmeadow operation, mainly in roles like engineering.