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Bullet Train approved for Federal Election

By Barcham 23 May 2013 43

ZOOM!

Australia’s most single minded party, Bullet Train for Australia, have just had their federal party application approved by the Australian Electoral Commission.

To celebrate they’ve sent out a press release that sounds like one of those Charlie Sheen Meme’s from 2011.

Winning!

Today the Australian Electoral Commission has officially approved the Bullet Train for Australia federal party application. Millions of Australians will now have the opportunity to vote for something real that will benefit all people and future generations. Being on millions of ballot papers isn’t our only win. Our other wins are stacking up faster than an intercity express train as our campaign starts to roll:

• Fastest policy – WIN!

• Longest distance policy – WIN!

• Best name of any party – WIN!

• Fewest celebrity candidates – WIN!

• Least annoying party – WIN!

See what I mean?

Still for those of you who like Bullet Trains, this is some rather good news.

[Image from their change.org page]

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dungfungus 4:24 pm 26 May 13

dungfungus said :

dungfungus said :

MrPC said :

Here’s a hypothetical scenario.

Hold a plebiscite for everyone who has an enrolled address within 50km of the proposed station sites of any of the stops on the recent $110bn plan. Given this catchment would include Sydney (4.7m), Brisbane (2.2m), Melbourne (4.2m), Canberra-QBN (411k), the Gold Coast (600k), the lower tip of the Sunshine Coast, several NSW North Coast cities, Newcastle (418k), Wagga (53k), Albury-Wodonga (85k) and Shepparton (48k), I would assume that of the 13 million or so people within these cities and surrounding areas, there’d be about 8 million employed, taxpaying adults. Ask the population of this catchment via plebiscite whether they would be prepared to pay a HSR Levy of $1,250 per year ($24/wk) over the next 11 years to fully construct HSR within that timeframe.

You could offer those who pay the full $13,750 (or who skip no more than one year worth of the levy) a lifetime 50% fare concession (in addition to whatever other discounts may apply to their fare) once it’s built. Call it an investor concession.

Split the vote into corridors. If the SYD-CBR-MEL corridor votes yes but the folks north vote no, then build the southern half only. If the southern half plus Newcastle and the Central Coast vote yes, include that section too, and terminate it at Newcastle.

I have some reservations about asking the people of Bathurst or Adelaide or Hobart to pay for this link via their federal taxes, but a targeted levy would still hit a huge number of people, and it’d be the people that would use the service the most.

I suspect that it’d pass, if it were sold properly.

A daily express rail service was recently introduced from Bathurst to Sydney return. It has been judged to be a tremendous success. Not super fast but faster than anything before it.

switch said :

dungfungus said :

A daily express rail service was recently introduced from Bathurst to Sydney return. It has been judged to be a tremendous success. Not super fast but faster than anything before it.

Except that it’s a BUS from Bathurst to Lithgow, then a train. Which neatly sidesteps all the problems of a mostly 1880’s rail track route.

Has the bus been introduced recently then because the media release I read (earlier this year I think) was that a full rail service fom Bathurst had been introduced. I am happy to be corrected if I am wrong.

I have now checked the Countrylink timetable and you are correct as their coach service takes the passengers both ways between Bathurst and Lithgow. I am surprised that the new “all the way” train service introduced in 2012 didn’t last because it was well patronised. Obviously, if RailCorp can’t make any money out of a service like this on existing track then there is no hope for a Very Fast Train anywhere in Australia.

Masquara 12:57 pm 26 May 13

MrPC said :

I suspect that it’d pass, if it were sold properly.

Do you seriously think that anyone will be able to hoik $13,000 in advance (and foregone interest), for a massive subsidising of business travellers, from the good burghers of Tumut, Wombat and Adjungbilly, who might barely use the train a couple of times a year?

dungfungus 11:27 am 26 May 13

dungfungus said :

dungfungus said :

MrPC said :

Here’s a hypothetical scenario.

Hold a plebiscite for everyone who has an enrolled address within 50km of the proposed station sites of any of the stops on the recent $110bn plan. Given this catchment would include Sydney (4.7m), Brisbane (2.2m), Melbourne (4.2m), Canberra-QBN (411k), the Gold Coast (600k), the lower tip of the Sunshine Coast, several NSW North Coast cities, Newcastle (418k), Wagga (53k), Albury-Wodonga (85k) and Shepparton (48k), I would assume that of the 13 million or so people within these cities and surrounding areas, there’d be about 8 million employed, taxpaying adults. Ask the population of this catchment via plebiscite whether they would be prepared to pay a HSR Levy of $1,250 per year ($24/wk) over the next 11 years to fully construct HSR within that timeframe.

You could offer those who pay the full $13,750 (or who skip no more than one year worth of the levy) a lifetime 50% fare concession (in addition to whatever other discounts may apply to their fare) once it’s built. Call it an investor concession.

Split the vote into corridors. If the SYD-CBR-MEL corridor votes yes but the folks north vote no, then build the southern half only. If the southern half plus Newcastle and the Central Coast vote yes, include that section too, and terminate it at Newcastle.

I have some reservations about asking the people of Bathurst or Adelaide or Hobart to pay for this link via their federal taxes, but a targeted levy would still hit a huge number of people, and it’d be the people that would use the service the most.

I suspect that it’d pass, if it were sold properly.

A daily express rail service was recently introduced from Bathurst to Sydney return. It has been judged to be a tremendous success. Not super fast but faster than anything before it.

switch said :

dungfungus said :

A daily express rail service was recently introduced from Bathurst to Sydney return. It has been judged to be a tremendous success. Not super fast but faster than anything before it.

Except that it’s a BUS from Bathurst to Lithgow, then a train. Which neatly sidesteps all the problems of a mostly 1880’s rail track route.

Has the bus been introduced recently then because the media release I read (earlier this year I think) was that a full rail service fom Bathurst had been introduced. I am happy to be corrected if I am wrong.

Hey, it’s called the “Bullet” as well.
http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/423688/passengers-line-up-to-try-new-bathurst-bullet-rail-service/

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