Sydney, Friday 18 Feb 2011 – Today, Pyrmont Light Rail’s ‘Light Rail Vehicle 1’ (LRV1) was the first tram to travel one million kilometres.
Just after 9.30 this morning, LRV1 pulled into Star City Station, as it made the one million kilometre mile stone.
Daryl Rodriguez, the Light Rail driver who had the pleasure of being on shift when LRV1 clicked over, said he felt privileged to be driving at the time.
“I’ve been working for Light Rail for five years and driving trams for three and a half,” he said
“I’m really lucky to be the one driving today because generally I’m on permanent night shift and I rarely drive during the day. I just happened to be called in to do a day shift today,” said Daryl.
One million kilometres of travel on the current light rail system equates to just over 69,444 loops. Read More...
Sydney - Metro Transport Sydney, the owners of Sydney’s light rail network, welcome the Government’s announcement today to extend the current light rail service through the new Barangaroo development to Circular Quay and from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.
Kevin Warrell, CEO, Metro Transport Sydney said today, “Extending the Light Rail further west and through the CBD to service the Barangaroo development is a very smart move.“The Barangaroo development will generate a lot of extra travel from commuters, residents and tourists and Light Rail is the perfect high capacity, environmentally responsible and high quality public transport solution.”
“Light Rail can provide the glue to integrate this large, new precinct into the rest of the City. As a modern, green, responsible form of public transport Light Rail is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the Barangaroo development and will fit in very well,” said Mr Warrell.
Mr Warrell said, “This extension of the Light Rail network will add to and complement the existing modes of public transport in Sydney connecting to the inner west to Central and Circular Quay.”
Kevin Warrell, CEO said, “And using the existing transport corridor to provide additional public transport in the Inner West is low cost, simple and quick. The freight line was refurbished quite recently and is in very good condition.”
“We look forward to working with the Government to deliver this key transport project,” he said.
Metro Transport has been speaking with Government since the network first opened in 1997 about a number of cost effective, sensible extension options including a CBD extension down George Street and a western extension along the existing freight rail line to Dulwich Hill.
An Independent Public Inquiry has been established to create the Long Term Public Transport Plan for Sydney to inform decisions by future governments on the priorities over the next 30 years. Sydney needs an integrated public transport network to drive a sustainable, liveable and viable future at time of increased pressure from climate change, growing demand for transport resources and reduced oil reserves. It will be chaired by Mr Ron Christie, AM, who will be assisted by independent experts. More information visit www.transportpublicinquiry.com.au
There is much talk about Metro Sydney and CBD Metro, which has caused a great deal of confusion.
There is little wonder why there is confusion between Metro Light Rail and the NSW Government’s new project.
The company that owns Metro Light Rail is called Metro Transport Sydney. The NSW Government agency responsible for planning, delivering and commissioning the CBD Metro is called Metro Sydney. Read more...
The Sydney Treasure Hunt on the Monorail is a day out that the kids will love for little expense. And with a chance to win an unbelievable international family holiday worth $6000 from Escape Travel*, this is an adventure that can’t be missed.
Michelle Silberman, Marketing Director, Sydney Monorail said, “How excited will kids be when they get their treasure map, their list of clues, put on their pirate scarf and head off on the Monorail for a treasure hunting escapade?”
A $23.00 Family Monorail Day Pass is all that’s needed for the Treasure Hunt. With free maps, lists of clues and bandana included with every Family Day pass, the kids can find the answers to the 21 clues for a chance to win a family holiday or one of 20 other prizes. Read more...
Let’s face it, taking the kids out for the day can be a wallet draining exercise. Attractions, activities, food and transport can all add up to the GDP of a small country. Not to mention if you are a visitor to Sydney and have to include accommodation.
Free accommodation, free gift, free breakfast and free dinner for two kids at Novotel Darling Harbour as well as 20% off Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum and IMAX are just some of the offers included in the 2009 Sydney Monorail and Light Rail Supervoucher Day passes available from 1 January 2009. Read more...
"Once again NSW's public transport system has been left behind, with the Queensland Government welcoming a recommendation that light rail be the preferred mode for the Gold Coast Rapid Transit (GCRT) project. This follows similar major public transport upgrades in Perth and Adelaide. Read more...