When Tramway operations ended in 1961, most Tram routes became Bus routes overnight. The travel patterns of those days have changed from that of today. New Railway lines will require the implementation of new Bus routes.
While IMSARR is not privy to the costs encountered by Bus operators for Diesel fuel, surely with the construction of new Railway lines the high demand of fuel will be reduced and that will in turn lead to a reduction in the price that people pay.Today car ownership is universal and Sydney does not have Bus or Tram conductors. Today not only is suburbia a lot larger than in the 1930s, but since the 1950s suburban shopping centres have grown dramatically and so the journey patterns of many has changed.
IMSARR supports new legislation that will allow for all bus operators to service the whole of Metropolitan Sydney when Railway expansion occurs. The legislation required is contained in the Detailed Overview.The Transport Zonal (operations) Dissolution Act should be passed when Railway lines are built in parts of Metropolitan Sydney or New South Wales that currently do not have a Railway.
New Railway lines mean that Rail patronage will increase.
New Railway lines mean that new Bus routes will service new Railway stations.
IMSARR supports the construction of new railway lines and does not wish to see a detrimental effect on the Bus operators.
IMSARR Spokesman Victor Taffa says “The reason that I live in Northern Sydney is because I can catch a train. Even when I lived at Burwood, I still had an excellent Rail service nearby. For all those people in Sydney who have no access to a train do not know what they are missing out on.”
The loudest opposition to the construction of the Eastern Suburbs Railway came from the Tramways because of fear of loss of patronage. Bus operators today also have that same fear however the opening of the Eastern Suburbs Railway was not the reason for the abandonment of the Tramways.