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DPTI Matters - 20 March 2020

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Paradise progress

Work on the Paradise Park ‘n’ Ride project is quickly taking shape, with some great achievements since construction began.

So far, the project has removed almost 8500 tonnes of soil and laid just under 2.5km of conduit or cable, with staff putting in 24,360 hours on the project up to last Sunday.

Once complete, the project will add 387 car park spaces, with the total number increasing to 850 to help meet demand for commuter parking at this popular interchange.

Work on the carpark area

Wear orange

While the Harmony Day lunch planned for 24 March had to be cancelled due to social distancing practices, staff are encouraged to still take part in the event by wearing something orange to work on that day.

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week as it signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

Rail art

A number of rail signal boxes along Day Terrace in West Croydon have been beautifully brought to life by local artist Nicky Mellonie, as part of our Rail Care program.

The artworks complement the adjacent bee and butterfly garden planted by Rosetta Street Greening with support from the City of Charles Sturt Council.

If you’d like to volunteer at your local tram or train station as part of the Rail Care program, contact the team at

Four photos in a horizontal row, each showing a metal railwway box which has been painted with pictures of birds, butteflies and nature.

SAPTA consultation

This week we started the important process of consultation with staff on the proposed interim structure and principles for filling positions in the South Australian Public Transport Authority.

We are proposing to invest in SAPTA’s customer care and contract management capabilities while continuing to evolve our capabilities across all teams as a diligent custodian of the public transport system.

This is the next step towards empowering SAPTA employees to deliver a more people-focussed public transport

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback reminds us that, sadly, there have always been problems with people doing the wrong thing. This reward poster is from 1889.

A yellow poster with the words "Rail Commissioners' Office. 10 pound reawrds notice. The above reward will be paid to any person who will gove such information to the Railway Commissioers as will lead to the conviction of the person or persons who maliciously cut with a knife and otherwise detroyed several of the cane seats in the second-class compartment of Carriage No. 113, and who also cut and and scratched the panels at one end of the same carriage, on the 26th of December last, while it was running between Adelaide and the Semaphore. By order of the Railway Commissioners. Adelaide, January 3rd, 1889.