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We, the undersigned feel that the proposed CoSA changes adversely and disproportionately affect families with children currently enrolled in immersion programs in the county.
Specifically, we are requesting the Board to exempt immersion students from having to prove a unique hardship in order to gain admission into a high-school that has hitherto been identified as one where immersion students have the best chance to complete their language acquisition training.
We believe that the policy change will undermine support and participation in existing immersion programs, rendering MCPS’ immersion programs less relevant and competitive for students over time. More families may abandon immersion after elementary school and choose options that provide continuity between middle and high school. This would be a tremendous loss for the county.
We further request that the Board pursues a more thoughtful, transparent and data-driven process on which to propose changes to the existing CoSA Policy. MCPS needs to conduct comprehensive information gathering and analysis on how immersion students will be affected by changes to the current matriculation patterns well in advance of making any changes. The Board needs to fully examine this unintended consequence before making any changes to immersion students’ current feeder patterns. The statistical information ought to be released to the public at large in advance of any final decisions so that the affected communities have a chance to examine that information in a transparent way.
If the Board decides to implement the revised policy JEE, then Immersion students should be exempted, without risk of deterring the goal of reducing overcrowding because our understanding is that the share of CoSAs from immersion programs is insignificant.
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It is time to re-open the rail that connects Geelong and Ballarat.
Currently hundreds if not thousands of local citizens are being affected with the limited options to travel between the second and third biggest cities in Victoria.
The Ballarat Highway road toll remains over 100 annually and people have a right to seek an alternate means of transport to this dangerous and poorly managed road.
Please sign this petition to get this rail back into motion if you want less accidents on the deadly road.
Global Warming, Oil Wars, Hunger and Air Pollution are among our biggest challenges in the 21st century. These challenges have roots in the main challenge of today, i.e. ENERGY.
International Energy Agency, IEA "2011 Key World Energy Statistics" shows that earth's deposit of peat, coal, oil and gas are on fire and our transport system has a main role in this disaster. 27 million ton of our fossil fuels deposit burns every day and converts into 11000 Billion Cubic Feet of invisible CO2, caused Global Warming and Climate Change. 27 million ton of raw material of our industries burns every day!!. We need to take an action urgently before it is too late.
Also we worsen Hunger by burning 100+ million ton of food per year after converting to biofuels.
We need a clean transport system suitable for 21st century. We still use the dirty 18th century combustion engines technology for our transportation while there is an economic, safe, funny and clean technology available for transportation, here @: http://selkebozorgan.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html.
Sign this petition in order to stop burning our wealth and keep our tinny planet rich, safe and clean.
I have had to fold my pram up carry that and my children on a bus too many times in Tasmania and I wonder what happens for people unfortunate enough to be in a wheelchair. Catch the next bus?
Due to the recent fatal bus accident in NSW, September 2012, it is crucial that all public transport, particularly school buses, be installed with seat belts.
Local Governments need to be held accountable for their failure to ensure this is carried out.
This petition will be forwarded to the relevant members of Parliament.
Until recently, Brighton & Hove Buses ran a Nightclub Bus Service [N97] from "Kingsway, Babylon Lounge" to Rottingdean, via Woodingdean.
Now that the service has ended, people in the Woodingdean and Rottingdean areas have been left without a way to get back home after going into town at night, unless they can afford an expensive taxi.
Stocktons respite services was closed a year ago and moved to a neighbouring borough, providing transport for disabled children to and from school and respite for the duration of their stay.
Now we have received letters saying that as of the end of July this service is stopping. So parents have to take their children from school to respite, and next morning pick them up to take them to school.
This is not respite for the parents, and we were told that transport was not an issue, but now it is, and I being one of the parents to suffer this decision is not happy as are many others, it will end up us as parents not being able to do this and having to opt out of the service, which will in turn probably end up closing because we were told lies in the beginning. Plus our respite out the window.
Parents with disabled kids no matter how minor or major the disability is have a hard enough time as it is without our services bing messed around like this.
This year, 2012, the La Trobe Student Union is lobbying the university to make improvements to accessibility and diversity of public transport across the board.
The LTSU believes that the provision of frequent shuttle buses to Macleod and Reservoir stations is an important and relatively low-cost measure which can be taken to improve accessibility to rail transport, and to relieve pressure upon the parking and tram systems.
Shuttle buses are already provided effectively by a number of other universities in Melbourne, and it is time that La Trobe moved decisively to improve the poor standard of public transport at the Bundoora Campus.
Currently, students from polytechnics and universities pay twice as much in bus fares compared to their peers in junior colleges (JCs) and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE), who are classified as post-secondary-level.
Polytechnic students, who in all technicalities are doing their post secondary studies, are considered tertiary education students. We end up paying adult fare! Our counterparts in junior colleges get to enjoy the subsidies while we are denied the subsidies.
"With the comparison of MRT concession pass between JCs and Polytechnics, JC student pay about $25 while Polytechnic student pay about $45 per month for the same service." Quoted from Edison Lim's Speech, titled : Student Rate For All Polytechnic Students.
Even as a soon to be polytechnic student, he/she would too have started paying adult fares even before entering a polytechnic. He/she is no longer given student subsidies, even though their age is clearly below that of an adult.
What is most absurd is that, when queried by MP for Nee Soon GRC about student concessions on trains and public buses, the Transport Minister Mr. Lui Tuck Yew, response was that it would cost transport operators $28 million more per year.
Can’t the government fork out the $28 million dollar per year, to provide subsidies for polytechnic students who are doing post-secondary studies? Isn’t the job of the government to provide for the welfare of its people? And would a $28 million pay cut from SMRT’s $895.1 million, or SBS’s $720 Million, affect them? I think not.
Many councils in England are struggling to fund the national concessionary fares scheme, which allows eligible older and disabled people to travel free on buses.
Central government has passed the funding of the scheme to local authorities, but in many cases with large shortfalls in what it actually costs to run it.
Rural English shire counties are suffering the most, with their funding from the government to run the scheme reduced by over £60 million.
In Norfolk alone, the funding shortfall this year compared to last amounts to £4.5m.
A similar story applies across the country, in counties East, West, North and South.
The concessionary fares scheme is a very positive one. All councils support the principles behind it and recognise the value it offers pass holders.
But the present funding shortfall is resulting in them having to cut public transport budgets elsewhere to meet the gap meaning other transport users are suffering.
If you think it is only fair the government thinks again and provides adequate funding – sign our petition now.
Research around the world has proven that sitting in a rear-facing position in the car is five times safer for children under the age of 4 than sitting in a forward-facing position. Young children have heavy heads that are large in proportion to their bodies. The bones in their neck are still soft and under-developed.
If a young child is sitting forward-facing during a frontal collision, their head is thrown violently forward on impact, putting all the force of the crash onto their delicate necks. This puts them at risk of sustaining spinal injuries.
Sitting rear-facing in the car protects young children from spinal injuries in a frontal collision. The back of the car-seat cradles their head, neck and back. The back of the seat takes up the force of the collision, NOT the child’s neck. Their head is cushioned by the back of the seat and not thrown forward.
Australia has the highest standards of crash-testing child-restraints in the world, HOWEVER we have the earliest age of forward-facing our babies in the developed world at just 6 months of age. In the U.S. experts recommend babies remain rear-facing until age 2. In Sweden, children are kept rear-facing until age 4. Seats that can accommodate larger children rear-facing are readily available overseas.
The Australian Road Rules and the Australian Child Restraint Standards both allow for children to remain rear-facing until the age of 4. However, Australian child restraint manufacturers are not making these seats available in Australia because they feel there is no market for them in Australia.
Australian children deserve the same level of protection as their overseas cousins. Our children deserve the best possible protection in a crash. Let’s build upon our high safety standards to keep our kids even safer than ever before.
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Cemetery Road is the main bypass around the town centre linking the road that goes from Manchester to Doncaster - there is heavy traffic on it all day and "boy racers" use it like a speed circuit at night.
This is in a residential area. it's only a matter of time before there's a bad accident so I want to see speed bumps installed.
Islington’s first Green Councillor, Katie Dawson, successfully secured cross-party commitment for a 20 mph limit on all the borough’s residential streets.
Islington Green Party is now calling for this to be extended to the borough’s main roads too.
The benefits of 20 mph limits should not be confined to those who live on the quiet side roads. Many Islington residents live, shop, work and travel to school along our main roads.
Extending the limit would make it easier to cross the roads and encourage more people to visit local shops. The safety benefits are well established: if you are hit by a car at 35 mph your chance of survival is 50%. If you are hit by a car at 20 mph your chance of survival leaps to 97%.
Islington is a borough with very limited green space, so it is critical our streets are designed for people and not just as corridors for moving vehicles. 20 mph limits on our main roads would help achieve this by:
• reducing the risk and severity of collisions
• improving accessibility for older people
• making our streets more sociable
• improving health by reducing air pollution
• smoothing traffic flow by reducing bunching at junctions
• reducing noise by minimising acceleration and deceleration
Many residents, including drivers, have told us they’d welcome the benefits of a default 20 mph limit on our main roads. If you feel the same and want to see 20 mph limits on the A1201 (Blackstock Rd, Highbury Park and Highbury Grove), please sign our petition and send a strong message to Islington Council and Transport for London that Islington’s residents want and deserve roads that are safer, calmer and less polluted.
[When signing the petition, please note that it is optional to give your address & postcode. They will NOT be publicly displayed, but would add weight to the petition particularly with the council.]
Drink driving is a major public health concern as it contributes significantly to morbidity and mortality rates especially in young people. Injuries and fatalities caused by drink driving account for approximately 30% of all road accident fatalities and contributes a financial burden to the community of over 200 million dollars annually.
With few public transport options on Friday and Saturday night, we feel that the target population of 18 to 25 year olds often feel they have no other choice but to drive in situations where public transport is not available.
We propose that an increase in the number and frequency of trains and popular bus routes should be in place at night, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays between 12am and 4am.
These proposed changes are essential to reducing the prevalence of drink driving and the incidence of the subsequent accidents, injuries and fatalities and their enduring impact on the community.
Brisbane City to Gold Coast trains stop running at around midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, and earlier on weekdays, leaving hundreds of late night shift workers, festival goers and general members of the public stranded on the streets.
With no bus services running this late, and a taxi costing over $200, may of us find ourselves hitch hiking, sleeping out the front of a train station or wandering the streets until the morning.
Currently Pedestrian Priority (40km/h) in Victoria St is LESS THAN 40% of the week.
On SUNDAY, the BUSIEST DAY OF THE WEEK, the speed limit is 60 km/h ALL DAY.
60 km/h is TOO DANGEROUS a speed at any time for Victoria St.
It is a well known fact that Leigh became one of the largest towns in Europe without a Railway Station when the old lines where removed decades ago. A community organisation called Transport for Leigh (www.transportforleigh.org.uk) who are made up of a mix of volunteers from Leigh intend to change this and need your support to make it happen.
Over the past decade Wigan Council has considered various options to enhance the chronic state of transport infrastructure in Leigh. The current poor level of accessibility and connectivity has been holding back the economic regeneration of the town greatly and limiting opportunities for people in Leigh. Wigan Council have currently settled on supporting a £76 million scheme called the Leigh – Salford – Manchester Guided Busway as their next big thing and it looks like this could be going ahead.
TFL believe that what the town actually wants is to see a Rail Link brought back to Leigh and to actually get cars off the road. TFL are therefore in the process of gauging the level of support for a full investigation into and development of a Rail initiative to take place that will enable submissions to occur to secure future rounds of transport funding within Greater Manchester for pedestrian rail in Leigh. On the back of this TFL in late 2010 asked Stobbart Rail, who install railway infrastructure, to price up a railway station in Leigh out of interest – it came in at only £52million which was far less than the £130million quoted by Wigan Council and GMPTE historically.
At TFL’s first major public meeting in February 2011 over 200 people packed into a small room to hear more about TFL and what we have been doing. With little marketing this huge turnout was impressive and demonstrated the huge determination from the town to speak out on this issue. Unsurprisingly all were in favour of developing a Railway project aimed at getting Leigh back on the national rail network and easing the huge level of car congestion on local roads, the main commuter routes into Manchester and beyond whilst also unlocking future regeneration in Leigh and helping local businesses grow. For clarity this is not an initiative aimed at moving any industrial heavy goods into or out of Leigh. It is aimed at a rail solution solely for commuters and leisure travellers to connect them directly to the Manchester - Liverpool rail line and beyond.
The intention of running a petition is to demonstrate to Wigan Council, GMPTE, Local Councillors and Leigh MP Andy Burnham exactly what the town wants for its future on the topic of transport investment and importantly to do it with one voice. Many people feel that historically the Council have not undertaken this type of real public engagement and have gone along unchecked. If the whole town speaks out jointly the Council will need to work with TFL and the community to make this happen.
I want to express all my disappointment regarding the current facilities for cyclists and, in particular, for cycle-commuters in Cardiff.
I have been living in this city for almost six years and I have witnessed little or no improvement.
Cardiff is an extremely bike-unfriendly city. This is a true shame, given its consistently flat layout and small size. A simple look at the map provided by the council (http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/cycling) shows that, outside Bute Park, there are effectively no traffic-free paths apart from the link between the centre and the bay. Unfortunately, not many people work in Bute Park, which, by definition, is a recreational area.
Two of the three main employers in Cardiff are the University and the NHS. Because of the presence of the University and the University Hospital, an extremely large amount of commuters transits daily through Cathays and Heath. The area enclosed by North Road to the West, Dumfries Place and Newport Road to the South, Waterloo Road to the East and the Eastern Avenue to the North comprises some of the busiest commuting routes; yet there are zero traffic-free paths. This is unacceptable.
Park Place, Albany road, Newport Road, Column Road, Richmond Road, with buses, cars (often parked on both sides of the street) are a nightmare for a cyclist.
I live in Princes Street and work in the Heath Hospital. My natural itinerary goes through Connaught Road, Pen-y-lan Road, Ninian Road, Wedal road, Allensbank Road. These streets are horrendous. There are a lot of potholes, badly placed patches and unlevelled surfaces. Nothing has changed in the last year and half. A lot of these disrupted spots are located at the far sides of the roads, exactly where people cycle. Exactly where, in some streets, the supposedly red bicycle lanes are painted (it seems that in Cardiff, to create a cycling path, all you need is a bucket of red paint and a brush). I am not even getting into the layouts of these lanes, very often starting and ending abruptly and without any logic (e.g., Senghennydd Road, Crwys Road, Allensbank Road, Withchurch Road).
The whole segment which starts from the roundabout where Ninian Road meets Fairoak Road until the junction of Allensbank Road with King George V Drive (which is the entrance of an Hospital Site!!!) looks like a freshly bombed ground. The same applies to the side streets of Ninian Road and to Inverness Place. The link in the header of this text shows once more how bad Cardiff is at this regard!
I understand that the maintenance of the roads is not an easy task. However, a traffic-free cycling path requires almost no maintenance, given the very little weight passing on it as compared to cars. This point can be readily proven by cycling along Jamest St. and Clarence Road in the bay, where the cycling path that a year ago was brand new, now is already completely ruined.
Whoever is responsible for all this should be ashamed in front of the people, because he/she miserably failed in taking care of such an essential aspect of the daily life of the city and the commuters.
Recent events have prompted the inquisition into a surveillance system for Riverside transportation vehicles. These cameras will give non-objective personnel the ability to observe every action of every person in extreme detail while using a Riverside vehicle.
While it is being argued that the installation of this technology is for the benefit and well-being of Riverside employees and consumers, the fact still remains that equal or greater harm can also manifest. The human condition has sometimes been agreed to include the idea that: humans make and learn from their mistakes on a consistent basis . With this in mind, it would be an frivolous to place the actions of anyone under video scrutiny in every situation.
Therefore, while the best intentions may be advocated by adding video recording devices to a vehicle, it simply isn't plausible to expect that anyone; be they driver, monitor or consumer will meet everyone's expectations all the time. Trusting in each other is the time-tested and [arguably the] best way to resolve conflict or dissent in any environment. Dissecting every action in every situation and after-the-fact is not a reliable means of security for anyone.
Some other reasons why surveillance cameras should NOT be installed include (but are not limited to): privacy, cost, mistrust, misinterpretations, increased stress, employee / employer dissent, peer contention and misconduct.
Essex County Council has announced to parents that it is to make it's school bus escorts redundant from Easter 2011.
It's decision raises many safety concerns with the County's parents and we are urging them to reverse their decision.
Improvement of Murray Bridge Public Transport
Murray Bridge is a growing city with a current population of approximately 18-20,000 (2010). Around 2005 the town’s regular bus service was decommissioned and replaced with a ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service, which sparked controversy right across the city.
The old regular service used to run three times a day and had four different loops. Which connected the northern, western and southern suburbs to the city centre. The current ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service, leaves the main shopping centre every hour, and can take passengers right to their doorstep. The service takes an hour’s break for lunch. Both services only operate on weekdays from 8am until 4pm, and charge non-metropolitan fares.
2010 has seen some significant changes to Murray Bridge: the commencement for construction of a new large shopping mall (which will be completed towards then end of 2011), the agreement to expand the current shopping mall, rapid expansion of both inner and outer suburbs, and the commencement for construction of a new suburb development with a new multi-million dollar equine and racing facility to be included.
This has excited citizens, new opportunities, education, entertainment, and maybe a new face to Murray Bridge. But one thing is still missing, the development of a better public transport service.
Murray Bridge’s Inter-city and Regional Public Transport service isn’t any better. Murray Bridge is approximately 76km away from South Australia’s capitol, Adelaide. The inter-city service to commute citizens between the cities has seen some improvement but is still lacking so much. The cost for a High-school student to travel from Murray Bridge to Adelaide is $10.00 one way. That is way to expensive, and is even more expensive for a regular fare. Someone needing to regularly travel into the capitol is going to have to save a lot of his or her income, just for a bus ride.
Adelaide and surrounds are seeing improvements with the service provided, but what about Murray Bridge?
The national Melbourne to Adelaide railway line runs through Murray Bridge, and the city has its own railway station. In fact, include the outer suburbs of Murray Bridge; there are around 3-4 stations (Kanchina, Murray Bridge City, Rabilla and Monteith). The outer suburb stations are no longer in use, after the decommissioning of the regular country train services, back in the later years of the 20th Century.
The cost for a student to travel on the “Overland” train bound for Adelaide is $15 from Murray Bridge. That is $5.30 difference, from a luxury train to a regular bus. Something really needs to be done.
Bus stops are dotted across the city, but are no longer in use, citizens have to walk, and some have to walk great distances just to get their daily needs. I believe I do not stand alone with this topic, I have personally asked various citizens around the city, and the majority agrees.
I have asked the council numerous times about this matter, but I am given the same answer. “That they are working with the State Government on finding a solution.” Clearly, no solution has been found.
Murray Bridge needs a new service, and needs one now.
We are a group of ANU university students, and as a born and bred Canberran, I’ve always had trouble with the Action Bus system. I have a hard time finding out where the stops are, the bus website is really hard to use on the go, and judging from the posts already made regarding this, I decided to go ahead and implement a mobile application for Action.
Our ideas so far involve a live-bus positioning so that you know where the bus is along its route, telling you the closest bus stop along with the times, scheduling a trip, alarms and anything people can suggest.
We developed a prototype with dummy data, and met up with Action to show them our work so far, and to try and get the data needed to get it working perfectly and accurately.
We were unfortunately told that while Action already has all the compiled Google Transit Feed data, they cannot provide us with anything due to the politics and bureaucracy involved
We want to develop our application for Android, iPhone, and even Blackberries, but we cant until we get the data and Action’s help.
The Pacific Research Center (PRC) in Newark, CA, with nearly 1.4 million square feet of office, research, and manufacturing space, represents one of the largest multi-tenant research facilities in the Bay Area. The facility is home to cutting-edge science and technology companies that find Newark to be an ideal location for their business, and is conveniently located 5.3 miles from the Union City BART Station.
However, the only public transportation currently available from BART to the PRC requires up to an hour of additional commute time (20-30 minutes of walking and a 20-30 minute bus ride). Many of the facility’s commuters, who would otherwise welcome the opportunity to commute on BART, find this distance, though short, to be prohibitive.
The growing population of the PRC is petitioning for the creation of a daily shuttle service between the Union City BART Station and the Pacific Research Center to make public transportation a viable option for many Bay Area commuters who currently must drive, with average commute times ranging up to 2 hours in each direction.
Throughout the world, the seeds of the next generation magnetic levitation (maglev) transport technology are taking root.
China’s Shanghai is currently home to the only commercial maglev line in the world, thanks to German research and development. Maglev projects have been proposed in various nations throughout the world, including the United States, Brazil, Australia, Germany, India, Japan, China, The United Emirates, Spain, and Iran. Germany is not the only country leading the world in developing maglev technology, but Japan too.
The United Kingdom also experimented with the technology. During the 60’s and 70’s, whilst research into the Advanced Passenger Train (APT) was being carried out by British Rail, Professor Eric Laithwaite and a team of engineers worked on the Tracked Hovercraft project.
The Tracked Hovercraft project evolved into the first ever commercial maglev line to be opened in 1984, 20 years before the Shanghai maglev opened to the public in 2004.
A lot has changed since 1984, and Britain’s transport is once again ready to modernise, but unlike many of our European competitors, Britain lacks a High Speed railway network. Britain's current rail system is incompatible with existing high speed rail on the European continent.
This calls for a segregated high speed system, like Japan's Shinkansen, from which the technology for the Class 395 EMU train running the HS1 line, Japan is also switching to maglev for their future system extension. For these reasons, it is so important for Britain to modernise.
But why modernise if Britain can leap forward a generation? Maglev is the next generation, and it is coming, in some countries it is already there, and we the undersigned do not want Britain to be one step behind.
Maglev will bring people together.
With a trip from Manchester to Liverpool taking only 10 minutes, Birmingham to Manchester 20 minutes, and London to Birmingham 30 minutes, economies will be merged together.
The North-South divide will be eliminated, and people will find themselves half an hour away from a new opportunity.
Maglev will create opportunities, both directly, in maintenance, construction and the general running of maglev itself, and indirectly, by the opportunities it will bring closer to people and the businesses it will attract.
High technology businesses always follow high technology infrastructure, and maglev is high technology, it will bring growth on an industrial scale, just like another British invention, the railway, helped fuel the Industrial Revolution.
Maglev will champion the Green Economy.
Air travel is Britain’s single greatest contributor to CO2 emissions; maglev is faster, greener, and cheaper than short haul flights. With people travelling by maglev train, domestic air travel will decrease, along with the CO2 emissions they produce, freeing up runways for more profitable international flights.
We the undersigned believe that magnetic levitation technology is in the national interest, and will make Britain faster, greener, and stronger for the future. We can hope that the next generation will be the Maglev Generation.
The Cycle Hire scheme currently covers Vauxhall, Kennington and Oval which border Stockwell. Extensions to the Cycle Hire Scheme will ease pressure on the very busy Northern & Victoria tube lines that converge at Stockwell.
I live in Australia and we're always trying to find economical means of transport. I recently purchased a 49cc petrol motor kit for my push bike.
About a week later I was informed by the police it is illegal.
NEW YORK IS RAISING THE FARES AND TOLLS AGAIN EVEN THOU SERVICE ON BUSES AND TRAINS HAVE BEEN REDUCED AND EVEN CUT IN SOME AREAS.
ALSO TOLLS RAISED EVEN ACROSS THE CROSSBAY BRIDGE FOR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS RESIDENCE WHICH AFFECTS THEM GREATLY. SERVICE ON THE A TRAIN HAS BEEN CUT ALSO IN ROCKAWAY. TRANSPORTATION IS LIMITED AS IT IS WITHOUT THIS CUTBACK ALTHOUGH FARES ARE BEING RAISED.
ALSO CHECK FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE OTHER AREAS THAT ARE DRASTICALLY AFFECTED.
WHERE IS JAY WALDER ???
I am gathering support from the community in Robroyston to prove that there is a real need and desire for a train station to be built in the local area.
If there is enough support for the idea, then I will have a much stronger case during my discussions with Transport Scotland.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has announced that 145 pedestrian crossings across London will be removed.
One of those crossings is on Lewisham Way, the removal of which will make crossing the road to St. John's station and St. John's medical centre more hazardous for pedestrians, especially older people, people in wheel chairs and parents with prams.
We are petitioning the Mayor of London to reverse this decision and keep this much used crossing.
Since Safer Communities Alliance was first formed, the concept of a late night transport system from the Coolangatta entertainment district to Tweed suburbs has been considered a necessity and a priority.
We have heard shocking stories of the extremes that young people will go to in order to get home from Coolangatta after the last bus has ran at 11pm. Extremes such as drunk driving, hitch hiking and designated drivers carrying as many as 10 people in one car.
We have also heard from residents other than the youth, who would like to be able to have a night out in Coolangatta without the huge expense or headache of finding a way home late at night.
As Coolangatta is the closest entertainment district for most Tweed residents we believe this issue needs to be addressed.
Gold Coast City Council has announced a trial late night bus service, funded by Gold Coast ratepayers. The service is a 12 month trial and will run every Friday and Saturday evening. The bus will depart from Coolangatta every hour at 12.15am, 1.15am, 2.15am & 3.15am. The cost will be a very affordable $3.90 or $2.43 on a Go Card. The bus will travel through Tweed, Banora, Chinderah and cease at Kingscliff. There will be security accompanying all services.
We believe that the burden of funding this project should be shared by Tweed Shire Council, who have at this stage offered no assistance or interest in the project.
We also believe that for the project to be truly effective, the service should run through to Pottsville to service residents who are most isolated from the entertainment district.
This project stands to benefit not just young people who want to party, but also adults who would like to enjoy the entertainment precinct of Coolangatta. This service could also benefit young people under 18 who simply want to see a late movie and would ensure them a safe trip home. And last but not least, this project will help to move people out of Coolangatta quickly and safely, preventing, we believe, situations from developing and escalating that are common when a large number of people fuelled by alcohol are forced to linger in one place.
So please support us in supporting Tweed residents.