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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Swift » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:50 am

Tonymercury wrote:
Often it appears to be plain laziness, or 'why should we bother'.

Now there is a reason. Private contracting of services looming large as a reality.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Fleet Lists » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:01 am

A more likely reason is that region 6 is already being isolated to stop any transfer of certain buses to other regions to stop the any reduction of age and capacity of buses pending the privatisation of region 6.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Frosty » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:31 pm

I had noticed 2237 going down Elizabeth St then later onto Botany Rd was limping back to depot only going about 20km/h with the hazard lights on. Don’t know what type of mechanical issue it was but I did hear a bit of air leaking out.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Ray » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:08 am

A more likely reason is that region 6 is already being isolated to stop any transfer of certain buses to other regions to stop the any reduction of age and capacity of buses pending the privatisation of region 6.


Yes, I was surprised that K managed to off-load a few of the old Scanias last year for this reason.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Linto63 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:37 am

With no reported disposals of most of the 30 or so Scanias withdrawn to date (other than the odd scrapping for parts), are these being held for reinstatement when the Chatswood-Epping closure starts later this year? IIRC, this will require a fleet of 100ish buses.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Frosty » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:13 am

This maybe going off topic I doubt STA would operate the ECRL rail replacement it would be left to the privates like Transdev & Hillsbus.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:43 am

Those private operators would be scratching to find 100 buses from their existing fleets.

Finding extra drivers might also be a problem, as there seems to be perpetual shortages already.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Swift » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:33 pm

Why would you give the gig to them when it sits smack in the middle of M and Y territory. Really, they could just increase their existing runs to do the job.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:45 pm

Once school is back STA wont have the resources either.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Stu » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:30 pm

3460 is now at K - ex M.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Tonymercury » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:47 pm

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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Daniel » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:34 pm

Unfortunately that does not appear to capture the full picture though. A partnership has been struck between CDC and Transdev to operate a fleet of 62 brand new buses each on the ECRL replacement services. This may be supplemented by other operators and vehicles, so we will have to wait and see what transpires.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Tonymercury » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:14 pm

Yes, and this had already been reported here before, but the lazybones began making posts without doing any research.

I really wasn't interested in finding the full news reports again.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Linto63 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:01 pm

Thanks to those who posted positively, $354k isn't going to go very far.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby iamthouth » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:19 pm

That figure appears to be missing a zero based on the earlier public reports and as discussed on this forum.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:23 pm

That's $5,700 per bus. Not even one month's wages.

I wonder if it is the "management fee" only.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Richard290 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:27 pm

https://transportnsw.info/document/2625/17724_tfnsw_ausday18_hub_850x1200_pr_18-01-18.pdf
Map of the diversions to some CBD services for Australia Day road closures around Circular Quay.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Swift » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:12 pm

Pleasantly surprised to see a 14.5m 3435 on the 400 today. Pictured on Barker St outside UNSW.
Was also surprised at how slow it crawled up the hill ahead. I could hear it roaring away in the distance for ages, so turned around to have a look and it was crawling up there!! Did they fit an old ZF 2 speed busmatic to the blinkin thing?!?
I also watched a Volvo B12 with Voith go up there no probs but a different story when an 0500 gasipid bus tried it's luck. Poor thing lol!!
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Tonymercury » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:51 pm

Barker St appears to be just a little too much for out of condition gassies.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Frosty » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:30 pm

Agreed gassies are no go zone for Barker St I even said once on here that one broke down on Barker St. Gees doesn’t make sense why we have gas buses that can’t deal with Sydney’s hilly terrain. They’re not even good on the flat just saw 1213 on Friday break down on Todman Ave & Anzac Parade.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Stonesourscotty » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:15 am

How's this
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Jurassic_Joke » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:21 am

Stonesourscotty wrote:How's this


I'd love to make the trip on that one day.

On the other hand, had two varying levels of extreme temperatures on State Transit last night and this morning. Last night on a Scania K280UB CC CB80, the aircon was so extremely overpowered so the condensation fog was really obscuring all the windows. And this morning on an 0405NH Gassie towards North Sydney on route 286 the aircon was completely broken......Not fun, would definitely rather have the former in the future.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:55 am

Stonesourscotty wrote:How's this

How many people got on the bus?
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby Swift » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:58 am

I don't think it could make the round trip to Palm Beach from LaPerouse on a tank of gas.
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Re: STA Observations - January to June 2018

Postby OKO » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:44 pm

Swift wrote:I don't think it could make the round trip to Palm Beach from LaPerouse on a tank of gas.


They are good for 14 hours ish.
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