Friday, 10 September 2010

Media advisory: Get the Train organises commuter train for World Car-Free Day, 22 September

Media advisory: Get the Train organises commuter train for World
Car-Free Day, 22 September

Main points:

* morning and evening workers' train for Waitati, Port Chalmers and
other townships
* chance of an evening excursion for Dunedin residents

Detail:

'Get the Train' has booked the Taieri Gorge train to run as a commuter
service on 22 September from Waitati via Port Chalmers to Dunedin in
the morning - returning from in the evening.

An extra feature this year will be the chance for a twilight excursion
to Waitati from Dunedin, from 5.45 to 8.40, allowing a 45-minute
stopover in Waitati. A similar trip may be made by 'early birds',
departing Dunedin at 6.40 on the outward empty train.

The schedule will mean that the morning train will arrive at Dunedin
at approximately 8.40am.

We are inviting all Mayoral candidates to meet us off the train on
that day and asking them all to give us the gist of their position on
public transport in and around Dunedin in a succinct 60 seconds. Yes,
we will time each contribution and give them a warning bell at 50
seconds.

While we haven't told them this - we will also be rewarding them for
their efforts. In preparation are a number of 'Mayoral Trains' which
will be hung around the necks of participants if they can deliver
within their 60 seconds.

The aim of local rail and public transport advocacy group ius to "keep
the rails shiny" - to promote the idea of rail travel as an option for
developing Otago's transport needs for people and goods. We believe
that a daily train service on this route could be viable within one or
two decades as oil prices continue to increase.

We acknowledge the assistance of Community Trust of Otago, Dunedin
City Council Small Grants Fund, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board and
Chalmers Community Board for financial support for this venture.

CONTACTS

Danielle Cameron
Get the Train
4821233

Ross Johnston
Get the Train
jpl @ callsouth.net.nz

Peter Dowden
Get the Train
03 4822441 or 021 137 2129
peter.dowden @ gmail.com

TIMETABLE

(Outward train departs Dunedin 6.40am, arriving Waitati 7.20am. The
public may travel on this service)

COMMUTER TRAIN DEPART Waitati 7.40am, Michies Crossing 7.45am, Osborne
7.55am, Purakaunui 8.00am, Mihiwaka 8.05am, Port Chalmers Upper
8.10am, Sawyers Bay 8.15am, Maia 8.25am, ARRIVE Dunedin 8.40am

COMMUTER TRAIN DEPART Dunedin 5.45pm, Maia 5.55pm, Sawyers Bay 5.50pm,
Port Chalmers Upper 6.00pm, Mihiwaka 6.15pm, Purakaunui 6:17pm,
Osborne 6.20pm,

Michies Crossing 6.25pm, Waitati ARRIVE 6.30pm

(After a 45 minute stayover, return trip departs for Dunedin 7.30pm,
arriving 8.10pm)

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