Major announcements about public transport have hit the headlines in London, Brisbane and Melbourne as a major greenhouse report says that public transport is crucial.
In London, UK PM Brown has finally given the go-ahead to the £16bn Crossrail express rail link in London, 17 years after it was first proposed. Read the Telegraph report
In Brisbane, new Premier Bligh’s government is looking at London's public transport network as one potential model for its new Transit Authority, which will manage all buses, trains and ferries in South-East Queensland. Read a local report
In Melbourne, Premier Brumby has announced eight new trains for Melbourne. These will join the 10 new train sets announced earlier. The trains will come into service in late 2009.
Meanwhile, UNSW researcher Dr Mark Diesendorf has reported that public transport improvements could help Australia cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. Read Dr Diesendorf's report
Is enough being done locally to promote public transport?