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by tonyp
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Use of Back Door on Buses
Replies: 1617
Views: 333400

Re: Use of Back Door on Buses

Daniel Bowen reports that all-door boarding is to be phased in on all Melbourne buses over the next 18 months. Fares will also go cashless permanently. That means all-door loading is now practised substantially in Adelaide and Canberra and on specific services in Perth and Brisbane (and Melbourne to...
by tonyp
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The last manual route buses in Sydney
Replies: 14
Views: 671

Re: The last manual route buses in Sydney

Fleet Lists wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:04 am
I think some of the UTA Worldmasters and/or AEC's 43 seaters of those days had those.
Aren't we talking about the Pneumocyclic gearboxes then?
by tonyp
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

It started off with Sydney City Council wanting the shortest platforms possible, so they argued against 45 metre trams. Then they ended up with 70 metre platforms instead! Then there was the issue of numbers of trams going through light cycles. It was Alstom that suggested the coupled sets to provid...
by tonyp
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform

Enviro 500 wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:10 am


103?
Yes I think that's it. They'd cut back late evening runs or something like that.
by tonyp
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform

The only big city missing in that piece is Sydney and I would love to hear your opinion of that compared to Perth and the others PaxInfo! Though maybe you've already given it somewhere else in the blog. I'll explore.
by tonyp
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform

Mine. Good blog thanks, I've been enjoying reading other posts. I think I've actually been a victim of the "Perth process"! When we go there from Sydney, we typically stay around Mosman Park/Fremantle, so naturally I'm hanging out for the airport rail link to be completed. In the meantime, we use a...
by tonyp
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform

Those stealthy Sandgropers! One moment you're laughing at them over their chugging old railcars, turn your back for a few years, then turn around and find they have Australia's best public transport system, the devils! Very good article. It's often the way to go, although NSW seems to trade on spect...
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 313
Views: 48474

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Electric freight locomotives to return to NSW (don't know about "new technology"though!). Outer Sydney Orbital, Western Sydney Freight Line: no corridors rezoned for M9 motorway New electric locomotives will traverse tunnels under southwest Sydney to carry freight to and from the Western Sydney Aero...
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

Dynamic braking is standard on electric buses. Drivers have to be re-indoctrinated that it's actually OK to use the brake as much as possible rather than a retarder!
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Unbelievable. Why? It's not unusual to have some key management staff from the operating contractor's home country, even though most of the staff are Australian. The CEO is from UK as I recall. I think Yarra Trams has typically had French CEOs. After all, where else are the French going to learn ab...
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Newcastle Bus Interchange opens
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Newcastle Bus Interchange opens

Newcastle Flyer wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:56 pm
^^ Tonyp, have you got a map that shows that?
I think I saw it in an EIS or similar foundation document, but can't lay a finger on it right now.
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

It's a very costly experiment for dedicated buses: $4 million worth of buses tied up in it, compared to what would be maybe $2 million worth of conventional buses. The operating cost savings had better add up well!
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

marcnut1996 wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:58 am
Canberra light rail is run by CMET, a join venture of John Holland and CIMIC.
.... in partnership with DB Engineering and Consulting. The chief operations officer is a German tram person.
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

- but I think you'd need Keolis or John Holland running the show. ............. They wanted to start running buses through the terminal as part of the bus changes, to avoid confusion of having two very major changes in quick succession. The bus changes have now been indefinitely deferred (and suppo...
by tonyp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

The problem is that a lot of these fare-free CBD circulator services don't have a terminus. They just keep going round and round. Otherwise opportunity charging at termini is a logical solution. I can see that the four-bus trial on Joondalup CAT will involve half-day rosters where the buses will be ...
by tonyp
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

Volvo states the 7900E has a range of 200km, and with there being over 40 trips per day - based on your 4.5km circuit distance, it is at least 220km not including the trip to/from the depot. The NH's didn't do all the trips either, usually replaced by other midi's around midday. Cheers! :wink: With...
by tonyp
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Yep, every public transport system needs a mediocrity advocate for sure. I'll tell you how you work out that this trip could be done in 10 minutes: 1. You look at the distance, number of stops, operating environment, empirical real-life equivalent examples elsewhere. 2. You factor in traffic light p...
by tonyp
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

While at Randwick/Kingsford today I observed that the kerbside lane in Avoca at the corner of High that had been earmarked for an inward interchange bus stop has been converted to a slip lane for Belmore Road. I suspect that a service restructure for interchange at Randwick is now dead in the water....
by tonyp
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Newcastle Bus Interchange opens
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Newcastle Bus Interchange opens

I've seen the plans for the light rail and provision is made on that site for them to extend in a double track arc to the west of the bus terminus down to Hunter St.
by tonyp
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

4 = 2x in service and 2x on charge as until on route charging facilities can be set up, range will be an issue for the 7900E's That doesn't sound right. It's about 4.5 km around the Joondalup circuit. That's about the same distance as the Blue Emu service at Sydney Airport where the buses are only ...
by tonyp
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5334
Views: 813757

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

There are generally no convenient bus-tram interchanges anywhere along the lines. I was surprised particularly that they didn't provide a bus stop alongside the Moore Park stop. I think they need to start running buses through the Kingsford interchange and set up the bus stop at the corner of Avoca ...
by tonyp
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 64
Views: 2805

Re: WS Airport Metro

grog wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:27 pm

:lol: at them thinking that those stylised arrows are the actual bus routes!
The felt marker pen has a long and distinguished career in transport planning!

Map of the western Sydney orbital in the press today:

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by tonyp
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 64
Views: 2805

Re: WS Airport Metro

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/macarthur/western-sydney-aerotropolis-penrith-liverpool-campbelltown-rapid-bus-routes-revealed/news-story/b2f7a416f83cf0c8f8f4ef268d52ed27?fbclid=IwAR16UkLIBg9WWc_K7BSJwVYDs1xAMo3v8nk44eT5K-fzLDXU8QiU8tBa9cw Western Sydney Aerotropolis: Penrith, Liverpool,...
by tonyp
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Newcastle Bus Interchange opens
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Newcastle Bus Interchange opens

I thought all bus routes were going to run through this interchange, but they're almost entirely long-distance buses and the local routes are an inconvenient slog out into the nearby streets. What a fizzer.
by tonyp
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 782

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

Although I agree that a new bus should be tested where it is easy for assistance to be sent when and where needed, little would be gained from this experience. I think that at least one of the buses (there are four, originally there were only 2 Joondalup CATs) should be deployed to Joondalup, Clark...

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