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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby Craig » Tue May 29, 2018 10:49 pm

ManninghamMover lottery continues

Mees Bus covering 2/6 trips today (29-5) while 1/6 trips cancelled - no sign of 12:3 or 14:05 282 trips.

Last week's mum still trying, caught bus to library but made sly comment about reliability to driver being slightly better this week. I reckon a lot people have simply abandoned the route altogether though, not uncommon for trips to go long distances now without a single passenger...

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Mee's #89 (Hino RB8, UBC-Chiron) at Tunstall Square

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Mee's #37 (Mitsubishi Rosa) seen with Transdev #947 (Scania K230UB, Custom "CB60") )at Doncaster Shoppingtown

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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby krustyklo » Thu May 31, 2018 11:43 am

I reckon a lot people have simply abandoned the route altogether though, not uncommon for trips to go long distances now without a single passenger...

Hardly surprising given it seems to be the first against the wall when there's an issue. Optare Solos were moved to other routes during the first period of unroadworthy vehicles with some runs on the Mover cancelled as a result. I can't recall if the same thing happened during round 2 but quite likely. Now this time where either the Solos are proving unreliable, or being moved elsewhere to cover for other unreliability or to allow other buses to make money on rail replacement.
To be fair to Transdev the Plasmas caused dramas for both NBC and Transdev, and good on Transdev for replacing them despite not being all that old.
If I recall correctly, didn't the Manningham Council provide some financial support for the route when it was set up from the small infrequent routes originally provided under NBC? Have I got this wrong, and if not, do they still contribute financially to the route? If I was paying money out of council funds and the service wasn't being provided, and worse to the detriment of the viability of the overall service, I'd be asking questions and asking for some of that money back.
Then of course there's the question of what the PTV aren't doing about this...
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby burrumbus » Thu May 31, 2018 12:22 pm

I am pretty confident the 280/282 are worked(or not worked as is the case very regularly)under Transdev's Melbourne franchise contract.The big question remains why aren't PTV doing something in regards to not only the 280/282 but the standard of the entire service.It really does make you wonder ? And puts into question the PTV'S competence.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby scott » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:35 pm

I travelled on a couple of Mees buses this week on the 280. According to the Transdev guide, they are having trouble getting parts for the Solos.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby krustyklo » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:07 pm

I travelled on a couple of Mees buses this week on the 280. According to the Transdev guide, they are having trouble getting parts for the Solos.

In theory that should also affect Ventura and South Coast Buses. Anyone else operate Solos? If true then might not exactly be the best sales pitch for selling more...
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby burrumbus » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:40 pm

Skybus and Carbridge too ,krustyklo.
I haven't heard anything paticularily negative about the Solos.
Perhaps the issue may be Transdev's celebrated high standard of maintainence ??
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby Heihachi_73 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:16 am

scott wrote:I travelled on a couple of Mees buses this week on the 280. According to the Transdev guide, they are having trouble getting parts for the Solos.

Next time they might just consider buying something a bit closer to home. With Volgren at our front door (or Malaysia these days), why did Transdev go with a British bus anyway?
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby krustyklo » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:00 am

Next time they might just consider buying something a bit closer to home. With Volgren at our front door (or Malaysia these days), why did Transdev go with a British bus anyway?

A quick look at the Volgren website suggests that they don't offer anything in that size of bus. Bit hard to buy a bus model that doesn't exist.

A quick look at the Bustech site suggests that they don't offer smaller buses either, and the current Custom site only refers to full size buses as well.

And before anyone suggests getting one of the current Australian bus manufacturers to make them specially just so they can be made in Australia, I suspect buying off the shelf vehicles from overseas is so much cheaper for what would be an extremely small demand for such a vehicle that there would be a significant opportunity cost for the use of the capital that may well adversely affect Australian jobs anyway. I'd rather Transdev spent the money on maintenance staff TBH...
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby BluDART » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:42 pm

Noticed Transdev bus 727 entering the CBD this evening with a new plain white livery. And the smartbus liveried fleet slowly depletes.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby krustyklo » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:04 pm

Posters have appeared in Transdev buses advertising for drivers and mechanics.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby burrumbus » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:07 am

They are also advertising for an area manager in the west.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby perthbus » Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:16 am

Read a posting on one of the WA based Facebook groups that Transdev Victoria have picked up a couple of ex Transperth 405NH's for Smartbus, they are 18 year old units and previously operated by PATH Transit (now owned by Keolis Downer).

Have any of the Vic based members heard anything?

I know a few have already made their way East, Nuline has picked up an ex Transdev unit.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby venturatiger » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:11 pm

Hi Perthbus, if Transdev have bought any would suspect they will be for the rail fleet, rather than route service

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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

Postby BluDART » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:55 pm

Transdev makes some odd fleet allocations sometimes, tonight was one of those when they allocated bus 117 (Gemilang/Scania K360UA artic) onto route 318 outbound to Deep Creek. Made for a spacious journey home, this is the only other 3xx series freeway route besides the 305 I have seen artics on other than DART 905/7/8 services.
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