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by Merc1107
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8703
Views: 645255

Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Friends of mine in the USA report much of the news is not as moderate as it once was; and that goes for both sides of the clin. Evidently some people are perhaps becoming so one-eyed about their beliefs that compromise is no longer an option. I've heard of the 'Horseshoe Theory', that the further th...
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 2809

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2021

Did a trip down south to Albany today. Spotted 1445 on an 806 and 1449 on an 808. Is Albany getting any of the older Volvos going down to replace the old O405NHs. If Albany is yet to receive replacements for their NHs, they won't be far away now with so few of them left in service in the Perth metr...
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8703
Views: 645255

Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Swift wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:55 am This permanent sneer imprinted on his dial. Young Aussies are the most arrogant pricks in the world.
There are some real shockers around. My nickname for them are "bros". Usually easily-recognised based on their choice of clothing, and general manner of speaking.
by Merc1107
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Brisbane / QLD
Topic: Transport for Brisbane Discussion / Questions 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: Transport for Brisbane Discussion / Questions 2021

Park brake application - probably some sort of valve that is liable to squeal from air pressure rushing through it. Some of Perth's Mercedes-Benz OC500LE units will make the same noise if the park brake is applied slowly (sometimes the Bus Stop brake will do the same, too).
by Merc1107
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Overseas Photos, Videos, Sound Clips etc.
Topic: 'Moving London' Video
Replies: 0
Views: 124

'Moving London' Video

Some interesting footage from 1983, didn't know electronic tracking was already being trialled on buses at that point!

https://youtu.be/SDC3SIwuIa4
by Merc1107
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7
Replies: 198
Views: 12776

Re: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7

I note, with some interest, the following (emphasis mine):
The new M52 (500X) will stop at Hyde Park, instead of Circular Quay, funnelling people onto the world's slowest tram

If that's the general community sentiment of their tram... Ouch.
by Merc1107
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Pay no more than 2 zones
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Pay no more than 2 zones

One disadvantage with a zonal fare structure is where there is a hard zone boundary, it can cost an extraordinary amount of money to travel short distances, providing that the travel is over a zone boundary. Every bus route (or even train) that crosses a zone boundary is an example of this. With Sm...
by Merc1107
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Pay no more than 2 zones
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Pay no more than 2 zones

Also announced support for Apple/Google Pay its unclear if you’ll be able to store your smartrider digitally within Apple Wallet or Google Pay, I store nearly all of my cards on my phone including my RAC membership just missing smartrider and my HBF it’s more secure and is more better for the envir...
by Merc1107
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Pay no more than 2 zones
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Pay no more than 2 zones

A great initiative, but it wouldn't surprise me of those banging the 'it costs too much!' drum find a new problem to whinge about in lieu of complaining about the fare. Hoping this idea helps boost numbers, though.
by Merc1107
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8703
Views: 645255

Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Often these products returns years down the track as 'new products'.
by Merc1107
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021

Also noteworthy the disruption information doesn't list the Circle Route as a potential alternative to the train - it's a bit more practical than waiting an hour for a 103 or 107...
by Merc1107
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Wollongong Rt. 55 Commenced Service & Split into 55A/C
Replies: 451
Views: 134233

Re: Wollongong Rt. 55 Commenced Service & Split into 55A/C

Is that service run exclusively with rigids?
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Sydney to Melbourne Maglev via Canberra
Replies: 67
Views: 3275

Re: Sydney to Melbourne Maglev via Canberra

Two---- Make the A$ competitive again. If you increase the supply of money, there are more dollars chasing the finite goods in the world. The price someone is willing to pay increases, therefore prices rise (inflation). Some foolish dictators have tried printing money to buy their way out of troubl...
by Merc1107
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: January 2021 timetable changes
Replies: 46
Views: 3009

Re: January 2021 timetable changes

Why should gradual, but persistent change be a nail in the coffin for the Liberals? Okay, the 'New Network' was a cornerstone of the Transport Minister's plans to improve efficiency and patronage, but shouldn't the relevant Govt. department in SA be aiming to carrying out those sorts of objectives a...
by Merc1107
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: January 2021 timetable changes
Replies: 46
Views: 3009

Re: January 2021 timetable changes

That's interesting to hear, as on some other networks, the operator has at least some (regular) input into the network they operate. In theory that approach should lead to both the Government and Contractor(s) working together to make incremental changes that suit the public's needs - versus the com...
by Merc1107
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Political discussion
Replies: 247
Views: 17368

Re: Political discussion

Fleet Lists wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:30 pm But who is to decide what are healthy choices and what are not. There are quite a few obvious choices but there are a lot which most people would not agree on.
my apologies, my brain got ahead of my typing. The post has been amended.
by Merc1107
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Political discussion
Replies: 247
Views: 17368

Re: Political discussion

Sin taxes are a poltically expedient revenue raiser, particularly in the case of smokers. I think they generated about $7bn a year in revenue 5yrs ago, now the price has doubled, but smoking rates are steady... Make that $15bn, on top of smokers who are employed, paying tax on everything else and ma...
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021

Not sure if Beckenham does much (if any) Cockburn work. A lot of late-night trips down there are done by Volvos, but without wrote knowledge of what bus belongs where, I cannot say what depot they're from (obviously not Southern River! 😂). If all three Swan depots do those feeders from Cockburn, the...
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 2809

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2021

When CATs were operating as normal the Midis would turn up relatively often. Now with just the Blue CAT running that means only one bus is ever needed to run the service.

Surprising 1923 wound up on CATs. I would guess it was used to cover a change off and was available immediately.
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021

Considering the present (and supposedly 'pro public transport') Government aren't funding extra bus services, is it really shocking? A lot of the feeder network is too station-centric to ever warrant more than hourly frequency (Aubin Grove feeders, 503-505 and numerous others spring to mind). I woul...
by Merc1107
Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2021

Squiddy wrote: Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:33 pm I'm so used to seeing a dozen instances of 'trips withdrawn due to poor patronage' whenever one of these pops up, but this time around it's almost entirely additional trips, and four new routes.
It certainly makes up for the the Christmas present we got - cuts :mrgreen:
by Merc1107
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What makes you happy today?
Replies: 3132
Views: 385889

Re: What makes you happy today?

The end of Adobe Flash Player. Good riddance!
by Merc1107
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: News & Administration
Topic: Error message.
Replies: 111
Views: 22427

Re: Error message.

I tested it myself (without posting). Blank still. However, still have Flashcontrol installed on the computer I am writing this from, which shows the video in the test post as a Flash object. Screen Shot 2021-01-06 at 21.55.20.png Now, I cannot recall the exact specifics of Adobe Flash finally being...
by Merc1107
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: $90 million upgrade for Stirling bus bridge
Replies: 25
Views: 1965

Re: $90 million upgrade for Stirling bus bridge

Yep, that one is a relatively common relief point. Have witnessed it at Murdoch once or twice, too.
by Merc1107
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: $90 million upgrade for Stirling bus bridge
Replies: 25
Views: 1965

Re: $90 million upgrade for Stirling bus bridge

You must be talking out of stater language? There is no such thing as layover time in the modern Transperth Era... Unless you call 1 or 2 minutes between trips excessive? Surely you're being a little tongue-in-cheek? There's layover at the ends of routes. Even 998/999 layover at Fremantle (to the a...

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