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Daniel Jones, Fernside

I like many others would love to see the trains back on the Casino to Murwillumbah line but we know that will not happen. So let’s look into making the track an O-Bahn Busway like they have in Adelaide.

An O-Bahn Busway track takes buses off the roads, thus less congestion, and they also speed up travel times as buses are not restricted by roadworks, crashes, and other factors that slow traffic down.

By making the old train track an O-Bahn Busway they can use longer buses (articulated buses) to carry more people and the maintenance cost of the bridges and other crossings that need replacing would be much lower as they can be rebuilt to a 40 tonne limit.

Interchanges at old stations allow buses to enter and exit the busway and to continue on suburban routes, avoiding the need for passenger transfers.

For those who do not know, the O-Bahn provides specially built track, combining elements of both bus and rail systems. So this system can still be used along side the current train that is in use in Byron Bay.

It could be a cheaper option linking into SE Qld allowing more public transport options for tourist and locals alike.


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