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Notice regarding digital issue pricing

When first establishing the digital pricing of Transit Australia we were advised that we should use the Apple Store pricing tiers and that pricing from other outlets would reflect those prices. We set the price as low as possible to help promote sales.

In mid-October, without notice, Apple changed all of its pricing levels resulting in price increases at all outlets. These increases are somewhat steep, but when we examined the new pricing tiers, we discovered that the next level down in price is lower than the original prices and one that we cannot sustain.

It would seem that there is little that we can do other than apologise to subscribers.

Important Announcement for
Transit Australia Subscribers - 4 April 2019

Thank you to all subscribers who have returned their refund notices. All those who selected a cheque or direct deposit have been paid. DVD options have been noted and the DVDs will be despatched late April. The DVDs have been compiled but need thorough checking before duplication.

Overseas and electronic subscribers are yet to be contacted and this will occur this week.

There are still some 40 subscribers who have not responded. If you are one of these plase return your letter as soon as possible so this exercise can be completed. If you did not receive a notice please advise by email.

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Important Announcement for
Transit Australia Subscribers - 25 February 2019

Notices have been sent to subscribers outlining arrangements for the refund of unfulfilled 2018 subscriptions. Please select the refund option and return the form to the postal or email addresses specifed. If you do not receive a notice please advise by email to

Important Announcement for
Transit Australia Subscribers - 14 January 2019

We apologise for the delay in processing refunds of the unfulfilled part of your 2018 subscription. There have been legal, administrative and operational matters relating to the Transit Australia Digital partnership to be dealt with before this could happen. We are now in a position to begin processing refunds and you will shortly receive an advice offering you a cash refund or alternatively a set of the three DVDs containing every issue of Transit Australia and its predecessors for 1946 to 2018.

Volume 1 of the DVDs was released several years ago but there was a serious scan quality problem with part of Volume 2 which prevented its release. 11 years of issues have now been rescanned to an acceptable quality and Volumes 2 and 3 will be ready for release very shortly.

Back Issues DVDs

Special Announcement - 12 October 2018

It is with much regret that we advise of the recent unexpected death of the Editor of Transit Australia (TA), Tony Bailey.

Tony became the Editor of TA in August 2006 and at the beginning of this year he indicated his desire to relinquish the role.

Many will not be aware that Tony was confined to a wheelchair in latter years as a result of polio in childhood. Tony did not allow his physical issues to limit his pursuit of achievements and he neither sought nor accepted sympathy.

Since 2014 Transit Australia Digital (TAD), a partnership between Tony and The Little Website Company, has been the publisher of Transit Australia. The decision had been made to cease publication at the end of 2018 due to declining readership, lack of contributions and decreasing viability.

With Tony's death it is not possible to complete the current volume and the June 2018 issue will be the final issue of Transit Australia ending 73 years of the journal in various formats. A pro rata refund of subscriptions will be made as soon as possible and subscribers will be contacted in the near future to effect this.

DVDs of all copies of Transit Australia from 1946 to June 2018 and its predecessors will be available shortly.

Subscribers are advised to watch the TA website and Facebook page for updates on developments.

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Tony Bailey tribute








Read the tribute to Tony Bailey from Railway Digest November 2108 issue.

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Transit Australia

The journal follows developments in the urban passenger transport industry across Australia and New Zealand.

Published monthly by Transit Australia Digital.

Transit Australia Journal

The journal is unique in that it considers all modes: Both heavy and light rail, ferry and bus, as well as occasional feature articles focussing on information, fares and ticketing, new technologies, accessibility and some of the political and environmental aspects of urban passenger transport; all considered within the context of the relationship between land use planning and transport.

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A guide to abbreviations that appear in TA from time to time


Back Issues DVD Transit Australia Back Issues Volume 2

Back Issues on DVD

Reproductions of Transit Australia
and its predecessors Tram Tracks and Electric Traction

Volume 1
Tram Tracks – 1946 - 1949
Electric Traction – 1949 - 1970

Available now!

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Posted within Australia $AUD25
Posted overseas $AUD30

Back Issues DVD Volume 1

Volume 2
Electric Traction – 1971 - 1986
Transit Australia – 1987 - 1995
We have become aware that the quality of the scanning of some earlier issues is not to a high enough standard. The DVD will not be available until this is corrected.
Watch here for updates.

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Posted within Australia $AUD25
Posted overseas $AUD30


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Current Transit Australia CoverJune 2018 Issue

How the everyday commute is changing who we are
Growing cities face challenges of keeping the masses moving up, down and across
Rail access improves liveability, but all regional centres are not equal
North of the Murray
Being taken for a driverless ride
Plus Regulars







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11 September 2018

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