Tagged With public transport

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The average Australian family is spending up to $22,000 every year to get around, according to the Australian Automobile Association.

The AAA commissioned Australia's first Transport Affordability Index to track transport affordability by analysing tax, tollways, public transport and finance costs as a proportion of average household income across states and territories.

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Sydney will soon be getting a "world-class" metro rail system to take commuters under Sydney Harbour, with NSW Premier Mike Baird yesterday revealing the six proposed metro stations. The first tunnel boring machine will be heading under the harbour before the end of 2018, aiming to help ease congestion on the Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel during peak times.

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New Yorkers aren't exactly known for taking leisurely strolls, but leisurely subway riding? The concept is as foreign as ketchup on pizza. That's why most city slickers will have no idea that the longest non-repeating subway route is 250km and includes over 54 transfers. Why should they? Who on Earth is ever going to ride that?

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If you mention public transport to someone the first thing that usually comes to mind is grotty night buses and over-crowded trains. But thankfully, it doesn't have to be like this — there are innovative, futuristic systems out there, such as the UK's Crossrail, that aim to ease our commuter-woes. Whether it's personal pods, improved air travel or 1100km/h trains, below are a few of our favourite innovative public transport systems.

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Do you consider yourself a transit nerd? The Center for Neighbourhood Technology has a doozy of a challenge for you: An quiz that asks you to name a US city based on a map of its public transportation system. The rub: It only shows you the stops. You can't see the routes.

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So you've just received your shiny new Opal card, granting you access to NSW's fancy electronic ticketing system. You shove the card into your regular wallet or purse... but something's not right. It's simply not stylish or convenient enough! Whatever shall you do to escape this quandary of practical fashion? NSW Transport, fortunately, has the answer — an Opal smart wallet you can stick on the back of your phone.

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Just as Transport NSW promised last year, the Opal card project is moving along at a rapid clip. As of today, Opal card readers have been installed in 120 train stations around the Sydney metropolitan network; the most recent rollout means the tap-on, tap-off system now extends from Casula in the south, to Wyong in the north, to Richmond and Emu Plains out west.

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Any mention of tech buses in San Francisco should come with a trigger warning, because pretty much every discussion surrounding the massive, much-maligned vehicles comes fully equipped with deep contention. Now, the winners of an unofficial competition to rebrand the behemoths — which are often partially bright white and completely unmarked — has sparked a new debate over art, ownership, and community. Buckle up.

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The London Underground secured a place in the pantheon of good graphic design with engineer Harry Beck's topologic Tube Map from 1933. In addition to that icon, however, the transit system has a pretty substantial history of bringing top-notch visuals to the subterranean masses; posters promoting everything from the Underground's pleasant temperature control — cooler on hot days and warmer when it's foggy! — to motor shows to the Regent's Park Zoo have adorned station walls (and delighted passengers) for decades.