This week in transport (1 June 2014)

Posted: June 2, 2014 in Transport
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Monday: CBD speed limit will drop to 40km/hr

The speed limit in the Sydney CBD will drop from 50km per hour to 40km per hour in a bid to increase pedestrian safety. About 93% of trips within the Sydney CBD are made on foot and from 2008 to 2014 there were 7 pedestrians killed in the CBD, including 3 this year. The changes will come into effect by the end of 2014 in an area bounded by Hay St, Kent St, Pitt St, and Castlereagh St.

The zone within the CBD in which a 40km/hr speed limit is to be imposed. Click to enlarge. (Source: Transport for NSW.)

The zone within the CBD in which a 40km/hr speed limit is to be imposed. Click to enlarge. (Source: Transport for NSW.)

Tuesday: Work to begin on Marrickville Station makeover

Two new lifts, a new concourse, and stairs will be installed at Marrickville Station as part of a $32 million upgrade. The upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

Thursday: Transport Officers issue 90,000 fines in first year

The number of fines for fare evasion has increased to 90,000 in the 12 months following the introduction of 40 Transport Officers in May 2013. There are now 150 Transport Officers checking tickets and handing out fines to fare evaders. The 90,000 fines handed out compares to 73,260 fines handed out in 2012; but is still less than the 128,800 fines handed out during 2011, the last full year in which the old Transit Officers were in service. The role of the 600 Transit Officers (along with the 300 police in the Commuter Crime Unit) have since been taken over by the 150 Transport Officers, responsible for checking tickets and handing out fines; as well as 600 Police Transport Command officers, responsible for safety on public transport.

Sunday: Paper tickets to be phased out and replaced with Opal

A number of paper tickets are set to be retired on 1 September, with all paper tickets set to be retired at some point in the future. Most tickets set to be retired later this year are periodical train tickets (monthly, quarterly, and yearly) which, due to heavy discounting, are often cheaper than Opal fares.

  1. QPP says:

    I don’t have any particular objection to dropping the road speed limit in the CBD (most roads will struggle to make even 40kph anyway), but I do worry about the amount of thought/consultation that goes into regulatory changes in this city sometimes.

    This seems to have come from nowhere as a knee-jerk reaction. I’ve been around long enough to believe that law made in haste is often bad law. Unintended consequences are pretty common if you don’t think stuff through, and that needs many minds.

  2. shiggyshiggy says:

    Dropping the speed limit isn’t exactly revolutionary; there are others areas of the Inner City with 40km speed limits(Riley Street, for example). Problems arise because of RMS treating all roads as car sewers, and lacks policing. Victoria has a far different attitude to traffic calming measures and pedestrian safety. Why is reforming the RMS so difficult?

  3. QPP says:

    Isn’t the Victorian approach based on fining everything that moves? (Or even the stuff that doesn’t, if it should be?) ;-)

  4. MDS says:

    QPP, this idea was already mooted in the city access strategy released by the government. I feel that the unfortunate deaths within the CBD have only strengthened the case/may have brought it forward?

  5. QPP says:

    You’re right MDS….I just went and had another look. It’s on page 43. In that document though it talks about a range of visual cues and other signals of an area being a low speed area, and that the areas selected would be established through some process that seems a bit more data-driven than what appears to have happened.

    It’s not a big deal, but the trouble with reacting to a couple of unfortunate incidents is that you can end up driving something you don’t want by mistake. I also don’t want the government to get into the habit of jerking the knee and changing transport/roads policies on a whim or because of media clamour. I’m probably just sensitised because of the recent statements by Gay on cycle licensing

  6. michblogs says:

    I notice that the key banker/pollie zone is excluded from this rule.

  7. michblogs says:

    None of the last three bus fatalities appear to have been speed-related.

  8. michblogs says:

    “You can claim your refund as either a cheque or balance transfer to another myki of your choice. ”

    Refunded by cheque ? How effective is that for a tourist or very occasional user ?

  9. michblogs says:

    It’s not labelled as such, but I have reason to believe that the red dots on that map, are fatality locations.

  10. MrV says:

    What about the obvious stuff like more diagonal cross (barnes dance) pedestrian crossings, or crossings with the countdown timers. They’ve been talking about them for 10 years, how long does it take? Whoops forgot it is NSW for a moment – there will have to be a $1billion policy implementation plan signed off and also check that it doesn’t pose an environmental hazard to the Ibis.
    If it’s not a lycra lane the council doesn’t seem interested.

    Also, not trying to send buses down small side streets in the first place might help the situation.

  11. MDS says:

    They did trial the countdown timers at the Townhall diagonal crossing a couple of years back, but they must have thought that it wasn’t that effective measure.

  12. Sam says:

    Druitt St was already a 30km/h zone due to bus-pedestrian collisions. Which was always strange as 30km’h isn’t supported by RMS (only 10, 40, 50 and 60, etc.)

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