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Herald Sun cover, 2/1/2004The whole New Year’s Eve debacle saga that I wrote about a few months ago came bubbling back up to the surface today. The trains will run all night, as well as more frequently straight after the fireworks.

What I find particularly satisfying is not only knowing that the problem looks like it’s been largely fixed, but knowing that two guys with cameras and another giving quotes to the media the next morning were able to bring an event that might have otherwise passed unnoticed firmly into the public consciousness, to bring about change.

“Last year was a disaster but we’ve learned from that” — Irene Goonan, chairperson, NYE Transport Planning Committee.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

2 replies on “NYE”

It only takes ‘the power of one’. Sydney had one young legal secretary encourage people to not pay their train fare last Monday… within a week the Premier said it was to be a fare-free day. The power of one – and the media getting behind it!

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