AUSTRALIA'S most powerful bureaucrat, the Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry, has lambasted the embattled Opposition over its decision to block an increase in taxes on heavy vehicles.
Coalition senators, who retain control of the Senate until July 1, have voted down legislation to increase the heavy-road-users charge from 19.63 cents to 21 cents a litre from the beginning of next year and increase it each year with inflation.
MELBOURNE University has demoted one of its most outspoken academics after a complaint against him by the State Government.
Paul Mees, a senior lecturer in transport planning and a prominent public transport advocate, was told his pay would be slashed and his position downgraded after he made a strongly worded attack on the Government over transport privatisation.
The chief executive of FreightLink says services will continue to run as usual despite the board's decision to sell the business.
The owner of a Territory iron ore mine says it is interested in buying part of Freightlink's Adelaide to Darwin rail operation.
There were 101 sightings for this week, which is four sightings less than last week, making a total of 2027* sightings for this year to date. On day 145 last year we had seen 2231 sightings. We have seen four trains on the B/G this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week.
DELAYS are already threatening the North West Metro, and internal documents show that a senior State Government official believes the planned 2010 construction start date will be a "push to achieve".
The company that operates the Adelaide-Darwin railway says governments have never been exposed to risk.
THE inland rail route from Melbourne to Brisbane is a bad idea whose time may have come.
With $20 billion burning a hole in his pocket, Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese has signalled that the link is close to the top of his list of priorities for his new statutory authority, Infrastructure Australia.
There is a new tram conductors website - http://www.tramconductors.net - to mark the tenth anniversary of the last Melbourne tram conductor.
There is a YouTube short film, a poll in which you can vote in on whether and in what manner conductors should return, and a proposal of how this should be done.
The rail line between Seymour and Albury will be standardised to match interstate networks, as part of a $500 million project.
The joint Victorian and Federal Government deal will see the tracks upgraded, including a conversion from broad gauge to standard gauge to match the rest of the Sydney to Melbourne rail line.
The New South Wales Opposition says the State Government has failed to prepare for an increase in the use of public transport due to rising fuel costs.
Patronage on some train lines, including Sydney's western line, has increased by 6 per cent in the last year - double the projected growth.
Opposition transport spokeswoman Gladys Berejiklian says a shortage of services has left commuters stranded at rail platforms and bus stops.
The Greens' candidate for the Gippsland by-election, Malcolm McKelvie, has called on the Federal Government to invest more in public transport.
Dr McKelvie says the Government's 5 per cent allocation of its budget for public transport is evidence it is not serious about easing the pressure on families.
He says the Government should have had fuel efficiency measures in place long ago to combat an expected rise in oil prices.
New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma says a report on cross-border train services between Queensland and the Tweed should be finalised soon.
He says he is aware that petrol prices are high in regional areas and public transport needs to be improved.
Mr Iemma says he will release the findings of the report shortly.
V/Line says the Bendigo line recorded the biggest increase in passenger trips in Victoria during April.
The increase of more 42 per cent helped V/Line break regional train travel records for a second month in a row, with more than a million passenger trips recorded.
V/Line spokesman Daniel Maloney says 22 new V/Locity carriages, to be introduced from July, will help cope with the unprecedented growth over the past two years.
Yesterday's tour of the Limestone Coast region by Parliamentary Secretary John Murphy and Austrade deputy chief executive officer Peter Yuile was deemed a great success, with both visitors impressed by what the region has to offer.
The visit took in local businesses that get export assistance from Austrade - including Van Schaiks, Bio Gro at Wandilo, the Mil Lel Cheese factory and the Auspine Timber Mill at Tarpeena.