Fully integrated public transport proposal of Newcastle services.
The purpose of public transport should be to have car owners choose public transport over their car for most of their trips so as to prevent excessive traffic congestion on our roads. Newcastle transport services must be considered as for the whole region to possibly include an area from at least Swansea and Morisset; then to Nelson Bay and Raymond Terrace; and west to Maitland. To consider anything less is to have a system that is just a half baked system. It should always be remembered that if public transport is only for those who cannot afford a car, then the system will always face tough time meeting any reasonable financial target, as most fares will be subsidised; and greater funds must be spent on roads infrastructure as the use of cars will increase for most trips.
Single tickets across all modes of transport is a must
For a transport service to work well it must make it easier to use than to drive your own car. The Newcastle bus transport was built up around the BHP and other support industries in a day where car ownership for labours was uncommon but has failed to evolve into the changing times, which has seen a steep rise in car ownership. Long bus trips that meander through the suburbs to a central destination is not what is needed for a city that has developed in the way Newcastle has developed. People who need to use more than one transport service to get to their destination should need to only purchase one ticket or the choice of the car again rises to the pre-eminent position. Time based ticketing is a partial solution but if the time allowed is only as long as the single service trip there is no advantage to the customer. In Perth, WA, a zonal system is used with a 90 minute expiry time for the ticket and seems to work well. The ticket must be able to be used on transport supplied by both Government and private companies.
A Single Time Tabling Authority
Time tabling must be by a single authority so as all services meet or are met by other services whether they be government of privately operated and that connections do not mean long waits. It is pointless if passengers needing to catch a train arrive just after the train has left, or even arrive by train at a station and there was no bus for them to catch. All services must be complementary and where are possible they must be re-routed to meet each other; for example Newcastle buses must stop at the Broadmeadow Railway Station.
The Proposed restructure
The long winding services need to be done away with and replaced with direct express services being complemented by a local service that would pick up people from housing and industrial estates and bring them to the express service stops. Community feed back to discover the destination of the express services instead of all going to the one destination as this has been our problem.