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Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Mercedes » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:11 pm

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Heihachi_73 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:51 am

An early mishap to start the year, Citadis 3015 split the points outside Kew Depot early this morning (or late last night on its last run). The tram was still there at 4AM and an A class had to do the first run from Kew to Box Hill.

Coincidentally, I was on 3015 earlier that night heading to the city.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Heihachi_73 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:22 pm

Spotted Z3 131 at around 10:20PM last night on test heading outbound on the 75 near Hawthorn station.
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short shunting

Postby Roderick Smith » Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:03 pm

January 4 2018 Thousands of tram trips cut short to avoid delay penalties, leaked data reveals .
Thousands of Melbourne tram trips are being abruptly cut short and commuters left stranded, as Yarra Trams tries to dodge tough penalties for delays, leaked internal data reveals.
Monthly performance tram data obtained by The Age reveals there were about 10,670 short shunts in November last year, an average of about 356 times a day.
Short-shunting is leaving thousands of passengers stranded. Photo: Pat Scala
This was up from about 7670 short shunts the year before, marking a 33 per cent decline in performance over the year.
A short shunt occurs when a tram is stopped before it has reached the end of the line and turned back. This enables the tram to collect passengers travelling in the opposite direction and return on time.
'Ridiculous' running times: Phil Altieri of the Rail Tram & Bus Union. Photo: Paul Jeffers
Under the terms of Yarra Trams' contract with the state, the operator is penalised for failing to meet performance targets, with lateness and cancellations triggering fines.
The leaked results relate to the tram network's performance in the final month before the new seven-year contract with the state government kicked in on November 30, which imposes tougher penalties for short shunts.
Collisions, emergency services requests, infrastructure faults and traffic jams often trigger short shunts.
Last year's results suggest that the contract's new performance targets may be difficult to meet.
But a spokeswoman for acting public transport minister Philip Dalidakis said the new contract was "putting passengers first".
"We have also introduced a passenger experience regime with associated penalties for under performance and increased fines – for things such as short-shunting," the spokesman said.
A Yarra Trams spokesman said high temperatures and a string of protests in November triggered 1500 short shunts and 52 service cancellations.
"Operational decisions are made in real time and we always aim to deliver the best possible service to passengers," he said.
“Tram drivers keep saying to us that this is ridiculous, we cannot stick to this time unless we break road laws.”
Phil Altieri, Rail Tram & Bus Union
The internal document also reveals that Yarra Trams' punctuality was 79.6 per cent, which met the old contract's targets of 77 per cent, but not the new requirement for trams to run on time 82 per cent of the time.
It is understood that the number of passengers on a tram and the delays they endured are factored into the complex formula used to determine penalties.
Yarra Trams estimated that it would have to pay over $2 million in penalties in November, according to the leaked data, up from about $700,000 the year before.
This is after 1378 services were cancelled – nearly double the 716 cancellations the previous year.
Rail Tram & Bus Union tram division secretary Phil Altieri said the problem came down to Yarra Trams "excessively" reducing tram running time, which created impossible targets for drivers.
He said short shunts incur a penalty, though the penalty may be smaller than a delayed train running to the end of the route.
"Since 2011 and 2012, there has been a dramatic push to reduce running times. Tram drivers keep saying to us that this is ridiculous, we cannot stick to this time unless we break road laws and Yarra Tram rules," Mr Altieri said.
"Essential services like public transport should never be privatised, because it inevitably comes down to the bottom line ... services suffer, the people suffer and safety is compromised."
Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said short-shunting was symptomatic of a lack of traffic lane and priority given to trams at traffic lights.
Three quarters of the tram network operates on shared roads with other vehicles and 17 per cent of journey time is spent at red lights, which is below the international standard of 3 per cent.
"Running times do need to be regularly reviewed and revised, they have to be realistic," said Mr Bowen.
"But equally, the government should be doing more to cut delays for trams."
Yarra Trams' performance for December – the first month after the new contract started – has not yet been released.
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