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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby burrumbus » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:21 am

Very much so considering the number of hired in buses at the moment-with quite a number being school buses and retired track buses without the validating machines.The whole debacle must be costing Transdev a fortune.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby bangroad » Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:03 pm

philm wrote:
scott wrote:Saw turning into Box Hill Central was one of the former Melbourne Tourist shuttle low floor Dennings, with a small Transdev sticker on the windscreen.

Spotted the same bus on Lygon Street running the 207 at about 5:30pm today.


Can't have been the same one but Driver bus 42, also former Melbourne Tourist shuttle low floor Dennings, was running a 302 outbound from the city around about the same time yesterday. Driver driver and Transdev guide.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby scott » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:32 pm

Saw lots of Sita/CDC Volvos on route 271 services.

Also saw a Nuline ex Brisbane B10M with AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE on the desto.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby krustyklo » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:35 pm

Today was Ventura 29 again on the 3.15pm route 293 from Greensborough, again displaying 'Driver Training' as the destination, with the usual correct route number on a laminated A4 sheet on the window.
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Later, the 4.15pm route 293 from Greensborough was operated by Dysons 703.
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It's a tribute to Dysons professionalism that they don't just dump leftover buses on Transdev (and this is not actually intended as a criticism - operators have obligations to their own customers first) but seem to give them more modern buses whilst running older buses on their own routes, not to mention having proper destinations on most services I've seen myself and in others' photos instead of just the route number in the windscreen.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby BroadGauge » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:27 pm

Observed this afternoon on the 600/922/923 corridor out of Southland that five consecutive trips were provided using vehicles from other operators.

2:31pm route 922 to St Kilda was CDC Melbourne #84 (Volvo B10M MkIV/Volgren)
2:41pm route 600 to Sandringham was Kastoria #24 (Merc O405NH/Volgren)
2:59pm route 923 to St Kilda was Ventura #821 (Scania L113CRL/Northcoast)
3:15pm route 922 to St Kilda was Kastoria #6 (Merc O405/Volgren)
3:22pm route 600 to Sandringham was CDC Ballarat #165 (Scania L94UB/Volgren)

For some reason the first bus was displaying two paper destination signs, one saying 600 and the other 922, neither of which said where the bus was actually going to.

CDC buses were being driven by their drivers assisted by a "pilot" driver from Transdev, the others were being operated by Transdev drivers.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby nonscenic » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:01 pm

Another replacement bus seen on the 6.05pm 303 service from Queen St tonight was a numberless (?) Nuline coach.
Ventura Designline 1152 was seen in Lonsdale St on an inbound NIS shortly after.

Am I optimistic in assuming that all these chartered buses are being used while other operators have spare buses during the school holidays so that Transdev can have a major push to overhaul their usual buses ? Or is reality that next week will see large numbers of runs being cancelled?
After 33 years of commuting by bus, I now have a Seniors Myki and two more hours a day not stuck in Victoria parade on a Transdev bus.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Apollo » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:09 am

nonscenic wrote:Another replacement bus seen on the 6.05pm 303 service from Queen St tonight was a numberless (?) Nuline coach..?


The Nuline buses all have fleet numbers on the front nearside and offside corners and on the rear, so you can't have looked very hard!

They should be returned over the weekend as they are being used on Metro rail replacement all next week.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby krustyklo » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:06 pm

Saw Transdev non-Smartbus 614 on a route 902 to Chelsea passing through Greensborough around 11.40am this morning.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby scott » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:08 pm

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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby krustyklo » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:09 pm

Ventura 1160 was running the 8.07am route 293 from Greensborough this morning, including a destination accurately set for the 293 ('Greensborough 293' when I saw it heading to Greensborough in Looker Rd). Would they have done this specially, or is it an opportune remnant from their days operating National Bus?
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Leyland B21 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:08 pm

krustyklo wrote:Ventura 1160 was running the 8.07am route 293 from Greensborough this morning, including a destination accurately set for the 293 ('Greensborough 293' when I saw it heading to Greensborough in Looker Rd). Would they have done this specially, or is it an opportune remnant from their days operating National Bus?
I noticed a similar thing on Ventura 180 displaying correct route and desto. I was advised that all destos are still programmed in across all Ventura fleet from when they had the contract.


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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby BluDART » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:51 pm

The Ventura buses; the Volgren CR221L/Scania's, definitely still have their desto's programmed with the old National bus routes as I have see proper destos for route 907 (City), 318 (City and Deep Creek) whilst also a route 207 with Donvale displayed. Even these still look better than whatever Transdev programmes.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby HaticePTV » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:24 am

Noted over the past few days a variety of buses not on their usual routes such as Gemilang Scania on routes 246, 250 and 251 along with a Smartbus livery Designline Orbitor 16.220 on the 250, interesting non-Smartbus liveried buses operating the orbital 903 and 902 services such as Scania CR228Ls.

Crown and Mees are operating many of the school run services.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby nonscenic » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:54 am

Another addition to Transdev woes this week is the Rail shutdown between Macleod and Clifton hill. Besides losing buses to the train replacement buses large numbers of commuters from the Hurstbridge corridor are driving to Manningham to catch buses such as the 905 and 908. Long traffic queues worse than normal are delaying southbound 902 services along Fitzsimmons lane.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby krustyklo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:58 pm

I noticed a similar thing on Ventura 180 displaying correct route and desto. I was advised that all destos are still programmed in across all Ventura fleet from when they had the contract.

Ditto on a Ventura bus running a route 295 to Doncaster this afternoon. Good to see they found the destinations and are now using them.

Long traffic queues worse than normal are delaying southbound 902 services along Fitzsimmons lane.

It took over 40 minutes this morning to get from Eltham to the apple peel roundabout with traffic banked back to Eltham station. At first I thought it was just the Bolton St roadworks causing people to deviate, but later realised it would also be the Hurstbridge line shutdown. :evil: Will definitely avoid the 902 this week...
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby BluDART » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:21 pm

Ventura bus 490 (ex Nationalbus MB O405 Ultra) operated a route 305 to The Pines during the PM peak today. Did not think I would ride this bus again (although in white livery) on a Doncaster route service after being withdrawn from route service following the introduction of DART.
The back of Doncaster depot seems to have less buses 'parked' along the back now during the morning peak.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby maxy54 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:18 pm

krustyklo wrote:Ditto on a Ventura bus running a route 295 to Doncaster this afternoon. Good to see they found the destinations and are now using them.


Most of the destinations are still on the file, however Routes such as the 370/380 are not programmed in as they were introduced some 12 months after Ventura lost the contract
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Heihachi_73 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:00 am

I only wish they would go back to using the route numbers 366 and 367 instead of the nonsense 380 "loop" routes which only ever show Ringwood (anti-)clockwise on them. It has to be the worst decision they have ever made, although the services themselves have improved since the old days of two-hourly Sunday services that finished at 4 in the afternoon (although still not even remotely useful at night on the weekend as they still finish way too early).
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby HaticePTV » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:42 pm

The Orbital fleet must be still feeling the stress of the recent safety audits. Today on the 901 Frankston-Melbourne Airport and return I noted Custom Coaches CB80 and Designline Bubble. Strange to note that some of the Gemilang's and other Volgrens on 246 routes where 903 route has some older PTV CR228Ls running on it. Strange.

Also noticed a Smartbus Scania CR228L former Invicta with the original interior Invicta bus print on the seats nostalgic, Ventura's 900 and 700 routes still operate with the Invicta bus print as well.
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