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Cityrail #cityfail? Training citizen journalism

In MSM, Pascale Grosvenor, Transport, Urban Planning on February 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

By Pascal Grosvenor
February 20, 2013

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cityrail indicator board 13 feb
@hughwhitfeld



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redfern train station 13 feb
@katelynewart



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central platform 18-19  13 feb
@MrJesseRoss


I know a thing or two about catching trains.

I’ve been a Sydney train commuter for 18 years. In that time I’ve completed two university degrees and had several different jobs. From 1995 to 1998 I trained to Macquarie University via Epping station, and since then I’ve trained to and from City Circle train stations.

Cityrail and its customers had a terrible time last week. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that a slipped fan belt caused rail chaos on Wednesday evening. Then a train broke down at St Leonards on Thursday evening, aka Valentine’s Day, causing a second night of major delays. These two incidents affected me and the 300,000 other Sydneysiders catching trains at evening peak times. One Tweet in particular really stuck with me.

https://twitter.com/kypros1992/status/301943449115045888

A few other tweets among the many in the #cityrail or #cityfail hash tags:

I was stuck on a train near Lidcombe that didn’t move for half an hour on Wednesday evening. Read the rest of this entry »

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