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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release December 2004

Public Transport off the rails

Hi SOS Members

We have sent the following letters to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Submitted Saturday 27 November:

Adele Horin writes that the government coerced us into living closer together on the expectation that we would leave our cars behind and use public transport ("Carr’s transport strategy goes off the rails", Herald 27 Nov). In common with all other large world cities, the New York example she presents proves this is a pipe dream. The excellent subway system there only "works" in the central district (where congestion is still horrific). With a large population, one needs to look at the whole city and not merely at a limited area.

The New York region has a population density 24% greater than that of Sydney. Yet in spite of public transport there being superior to anything Sydney could ever hope for, traffic concentration is greater still, being 47% more. That is because while with higher densities the percentage of people who use public transport does go up, this is more than outweighed by the increased numbers in the area. Most of these still have to use their cars to get to and from the variety of attractors in a large city that cannot all be adequately served by public transport.

This letter was not published.

Submitted today, 2 December:

For a decade the State Government has been forcing high density onto unwilling communities, assuring us that urban consolidation solves the traffic congestion problem by making public transport viable. This despite the fact that these high density advocates are unable to name any world city that does not suffer from choking traffic congestion.

We are now told that our once regular 24 hour seven day train service is being "improved" yet again by slashing a further 1355 weekly journeys. We have become more car dependent than ever. How do they get away with it?

Tony Recsei
Save Our Suburbs (SOS)

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