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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby ^^__^^ » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:36 am

S1631 sighted lurking around S fuel bay. :)
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Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby bwelch » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:53 pm

Hi

Has anyone got info on the new bus 1631 - it is currently listed as in the workshops.

thanks.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby ^^__^^ » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:52 am

http://www.perthbus.info/report.php?vid=TP3033

I'd suggest very similar in spec to this, though in TfB colours....
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby James00 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:36 pm

1595 is now at Eagle Farm. Doing driver training still in downtown loop livery.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby racingnathan » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:19 pm

Will be staying in loop livery.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby daveeyh » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:15 am

Some fleet movements look to be on the way - have seen V2212 and V2214 on Eagle Farm routes over the past couple of days.
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New trains: airconditioning 'not coping'

Postby Roderick Smith » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:24 pm

Queensland's new trains struggling to cope with summer heat 15 January 2018.
Talking points:
•Airconditioning was a problem identified in Queensland's new trains last March.
•The new trains have been collecting passengers for one month.
•Passengers say the poor airconditioning leaves carriages feeling hot and humid.
Rail commuters have complained the airconditioning in south-east Queensland’s new trains is not coping with hot, steamy summer temperatures.
Months after problems with the airconditioning on the Indian-built trains was identified, commuters have been leaving posts on the Facebook page of public transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track, prompting a response from TransLink.
Doubts about the airconditioning in Queensland's new trains are re-emerging. Photo: Supplied.
The New Generation Rollingstock trains began to collect passengers last month.
Rail Back on Track's Robert Dow said the passenger carriages on the 23 NGR trains now in south-east Queensland were stuffy and humid.
Five of those trains have been approved and are running on the CityTrain network.
“We have been getting some feedback and complaints for quite a while,” Mr Dow said.
“People are saying that it is just hot and humid inside the new trains. It has come up enough times now and for long enough for us to think this could be a bad problem.
“We think the temperature needs to be turned down a few degrees.”
Commuters seem to agree.
Damian Jones posted on Rail Back on Track's website that the airconditioning in the new trains could not handle Queensland’s heat.
“Another air-con system from overseas that can't handle Queensland’s humidity and high temperatures,” he posted.
Another commuter, Imran Isawi, agreed.
“Why can’t QR have decent, reliable (airconditioning) when other states can?" he asked.
“Sydney’s trains put ours to shame. Queensland is sub-tropical, mostly warm to hot and frequently humid. Proper air-con is just a basic necessity on public transport.
"You see business professionals in, or others, in collar and tie/uniforms, running to the platform to catch a train that isn’t even there yet. Then get on board and it’s stuffy and sweaty.”
Others said the airconditioning temperatures in the new trains varied between carriages.
A TransLink spokesman confirmed a trial to improve airconditioning on the new trains had started.
"The New Generation Rollingstock project team has taken note of feedback from some customers regarding the temperature of the airconditioning system in the NGR trains, and is actively investigating the issue," he said.
"A trial is under way which involves a slight lowering of the airconditioning temperature, which includes a detailed analysis of the temperature across the carriages to ensure customer comfort.
"Early feedback from this trial has been positive. If this adjustment to the temperature resolves the issue, it will be made on all NGR trains in passenger service by the end of this week."
The TransLink spokesman said the airconditioning issue was not stopping the new trains from being added to service.
"This issue is not a fault with the units and is not affecting the introduction of new trains into service," he said.
Queensland Rail hopes to have between 10 and 15 new trains in place by the Commonwealth Games in April. Overall, 75 new trains have been ordered.
Problems with the airconditioning on the Indian-built trains was one issue identified in March 2017, when delivery of the new trains was halted.
Mr Dow said the airconditioning in the new trains contrasted with the rest of the trains in south-east Queensland’s train fleet, nicknamed EMUs, which stands for electrical multiple units.
“The EMUs, which the NGR trains are destined to replace, have, in our opinion, the best airconditioning of the entire train fleet,” Mr Dow posted.
“There is a marked difference between the cool environment on an EMU, compared to the hot, humid environment on a NGR train.”
Commuters say the airconditioning in Queensland's new trains leaves the carriages 'hot and humid'. Photo: Supplied
One comment suggested airconditioning problems were delaying QR’s formal acceptance of the NGR trains.
This was denied by Queensland Rail’s TransLink.
Mr Dow said he travelled on one of the new trains to test the airconditioning after hearing complaints.
“It seems to be variable,” he said.
“It seems to vary from carriage to carriage and it depends on where you sit in the carriage but, as I say, it is coming up enough times now to suggest this could be bad problem.”
Maximum south-east Queensland temperatures were above 30 degrees last week, with Brisbane topping 37 degrees on Sunday.
Brisbane’s maximum temperatures are this week were predicted to be between 30 and 32 degrees.
www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queen ... 4yyic.html
* Oh so true. I travelled down the coast on Saturday morning from Beenleigh and the new train was the 850am one, by the time...
* I'm sure the LNP will stay quiet about this one because the orders were made for the trains on their watch as I recall.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby bwelch » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:30 pm

2342 and 2343 sighted at Toombul Bus Station today, but aren't on the list in brisbanetransport.info

How come the council chose to purchase B8 articulated buses when Scania offer a wider range in that class? - Sydney have 1 N310UA
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby PoweredByCNG » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:43 pm

bwelch wrote:How come the council chose to purchase B8 articulated buses when Scania offer a wider range in that class? - Sydney have 1 N310UA


Because BT have a long-term exclusive contract with Volvo. Besides, having travelled on both as a passenger, I know which I'd prefer!
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Translink App 'update' failure

Postby Roderick Smith » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:40 pm

TransLink app derails as hundreds of frustrated users create flood of one-star reviews.
21 January 2018 Brisbane Times.
The TransLink app has well and truly gone off the rails in the past month, after an update caused hundreds of users to abandon the app and the software's rating on Google Play to plummet.
Complaints about MyTransLink focus on the poor usability of the software, with issues including the app itself crashing regularly, the app causing phones to crash, users struggling to enter their search criteria and customers losing their list of favourite destinations.
Frustrated customers are calling for the previous version to be reinstated and abandoning the app. Photo: Tammy Law - Fairfax Media.
The message from customers is simple: go back to the previous version and abandon what they describe as "useless", "terrible" and "absolute rubbish" software.
According to Google Play, the Android version of the app was last updated on December 12 and the App Store indicates the iPhone version was last updated on December 20.
Almost 700 one-star reviews have been written on Google Play, with fresh posts coming in on a daily basis.
The Android app has an average rating of 2.6 stars out of five and 42 per cent of the total reviews have been one-star.
“Update was absolutely terrible. It removed all my favourite stops and services ... Journey planner is absolutely horrid too, gives you the most long-winded trips. The user interface is super user unfriendly. Please stop making it pretty, make it work,” Christine Chang wrote on January 12.
“This app is now absolute rubbish. I am so sick of trying to use the ‘leave before’ or ‘leave after’ functions which result in no results except for being memorized (sic) by the spinning circle which goes on indefinitely," Alan Wade posted on January 7.
According to Google Play and the App Store, the MyTransLink app was last updated in early to mid-December. Photo: Supplied.
"Sorry TransLink but I’m done with this app. It is one of the least intuitive apps I’ve ever used. With every update it gets harder to navigate and less useful. That is if it works at all and doesn’t fail to load and hang or just outright crash ... Uninstalled and going back to the website via (the) browser," Tim Howlett said on January 6.
“Please, please, please give us back the old app. I just tried to find a simple timetable to leave tomorrow morning. Rather than give me the order of stops to choose from, I’m given a list of addresses in alphabetical order. If I’m new to this area would I know these addresses?” Kylie Flack published on January 3.
“The app told me it was a two-minute walk from Annerley to Fortitude Valley Station .... whilst your website Journey Planner said the correct time of about 43 minutes combining walking and busing,” Benjamin Caulfield said on January 3.
“I’ve had to remove the app from my phone because I kept getting messages that this app was slowing my phone down because it has crashed 10 times in the last week," Michael Stephens posted on January 2.
MyTransLink has an even worse rating on the App Store with only 1.7 stars out of five, but there have only been 47 reviews posted.
In response to the criticism, a TransLink spokesperson said further updates would be made available to fix existing problems and that numerous app features had been well-received.
"We’re aware of concerns from a number of customers about our recent update to the MyTransLink app," the spokesperson said.
"We are listening to feedback through social media, our website, App Store and Play Store and through the TransLink call centre and will continue to rollout changes to improve app functionality and address key issues.
"These updates can take time to test and implement properly and we appreciate customers’ patience through this process.
"A number of elements of the app have received positive feedback, including new features such as an interactive map and vehicle tracking.
"We encourage our customers to continue to submit detailed feedback on any issues you have with the app so we can make travelling on public transport easier than ever."
Just last week, a technical issue with TransLink’s website and mobile app prevented users from seeing whether their buses were running on time during peak hour.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nationa ... 4yyoq.html
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby tonyp » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:00 am

PoweredByCNG wrote:
bwelch wrote:How come the council chose to purchase B8 articulated buses when Scania offer a wider range in that class? - Sydney have 1 N310UA


Because BT have a long-term exclusive contract with Volvo. Besides, having travelled on both as a passenger, I know which I'd prefer!

Speaking as one interested in passenger amenity and efficiency, unlike Scania with their N series, Volvo aren't heading anywhere good unless they make their B5L low floor chassis more widely available (i.e. not just as a hybrid).
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2018

Postby superbossgc » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:45 am

Maroon cityglider is now extended to holdsworth street.

https://translink.com.au/service-updates/159211
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