Whether by public or private means, transport is fundamental in ensuring access to services and supports participation in civil society, through maintaining connections with family and friends and engaging in community activities. Transport is a key part of supporting the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of an individual.
CPSA has no issues with an electronic ticketing system for public transport in NSW. It seems that for the overwhelming majority of public transport users in NSW, OPAL makes life easier.
But what is clear is that there is a minority of public transport users that is being disadvantaged by OPAL. What makes it worse is that this minority is being disadvantaged unnecessarily.
THE NSW Government last month announced it will allocate an extra $50 million in funding to fast-track the upgrade of the ageing XPT rail fleet, which operates in regional parts of the state. The additional funding will see new trains on the track as early as 2017, two years ahead of schedule.
Don't get your hopes up, but New South Wales is once again reviewing licensing arrangements for older drivers.
THE Community Services Committee is inquiring into access to transport for seniors and disadvantaged people in rural and regional NSW. It will be looking specifically at the transport needs of older people and people with disability, the availability of transport in regional areas and strategies to improve the accessibility of transport.