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by tonyp
Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 41
Views: 4600

Re: STA Observations 2021

December was pretty rubbish weather wise, so there wouldn’t have been the big crowds. While the default setting for some on this board is just to assume State Transit are incompetent, given that they have the patronage data and we don’t, perhaps they have made an informed decision. Just to save you...
by tonyp
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 41
Views: 4600

Re: STA Observations 2021

If that was the case then it has been far from reality with artics rarely used on either route on weekends during summer for beach demand. It has only been since the December changes that artics have become more commonplace on Sundays on route 144 and also for Balmoral on 114’s, mostly in the after...
by tonyp
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7
Replies: 240
Views: 14803

Re: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7

I went to catch a route 144 bus at Crows Nest heading in the direction of Manly and noticed their was not a timetable at the bus stop but a note that route 144 was now a high frequency service. I waited 12 minutes for the bus and was lucky to get a seat as the bus was then full. This route would be...
by tonyp
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7
Replies: 240
Views: 14803

Re: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7

More than I've noticed during the week. People would be interchanging in the city to a beach bus route.
by tonyp
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7
Replies: 240
Views: 14803

Re: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7

Victoria Rd is awash with artics today. I assume it's beach traffic.
by tonyp
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore
Replies: 176
Views: 14830

Re: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

They were a Labor initiative. Well it's not the first time in politics that decisions have been influenced by spite. I guess the corollary will be that when Labor gets back in there'll be a purge of trams and double deck buses. Thank goodness the metro is bipartisan. I think the post-2005 fleet of ...
by tonyp
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Observations 2021

That may be a clue to its absence from Anytrip, including today. It's not being tracked.
by tonyp
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Observations 2021

No, capacity can be maintained, you just operate more buses. We managed to survive for 25 years from 1980 with double deckers and then artics only operating on the long distance northern breaches services. Outside UK and a number of third world countries, NSW would be the only bus jurisdiction in t...
by tonyp
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Observations 2021

You may find the Yutong is going to make an appearance in another location soon. That doesn't surprise me, it's a demonstration bus. Use rigids, not as if any of these routes are operated exclusively or even in the majority by artics. That is, downgrade capacity. The West metro should be open by th...
by tonyp
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Observations 2021

Now I'm looking almost twice a day! Typically two electric buses out on the road, but this afternoon four BYDs again. The Yutong never makes an appearance. Is it even at Leichhardt any longer? Maybe the single leaf rear door is an issue? There still seems to be a solid use for artics in region 6, pa...
by tonyp
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 1339

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

Using the Emerald ferries on the Manly run isn't as simple as it sounds. I understand that the newer Emeralds, which are intended for that route, can't cope with heavy swells or even moderate swells. Their clearance above the water between the hulls is only about one metre so there will be water po...
by tonyp
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Parramatta Rd revamp: What area looks like after WestConnex
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Parramatta Rd revamp: What area looks like after WestConnex

The words "rapid" and "double decker" are contradictory are they not?
by tonyp
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 41
Views: 4600

Re: STA Observations 2021

Stonesourscotty wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:09 pm Large fleet of rigid buses on the 333 this weekend including 4915 1924 1352 4845 among many more never seen so many rigids on full length 333 before
Still seem to be mostly artic at the moment. They must be supplementary buses because of the fine weather.
by tonyp
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Observations 2021

There were four electric buses in service from Leichhardt today, all BYDs (full complement). Still never seen the Yutong and it's the one that has a charger to itself, so there goes the charger theory.
by tonyp
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Overseas Photos, Videos, Sound Clips etc.
Topic: Assembly of articulated bus for Ottawa
Replies: 0
Views: 308

Assembly of articulated bus for Ottawa

Sorry, topic should read Halifax. An interesting insight into North American build. I'm impressed by how they've minimised the high floor at the back. Not as good as European full low floor but better than what they manage to do in Australia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ft8Y6SBjc
by tonyp
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Operations 2021

Stonesourscotty wrote: Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:49 pm I saw one on the 430 on Wednesday off peak.
There are always quite a few moving around, even off peak. There's a couple on 440 at the moment.
by tonyp
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Wollongong Rt. 55 Commenced Service & Split into 55A/C
Replies: 451
Views: 134693

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

Is that service run exclusively with rigids? It's very much like the Perth CATs - the service is pretty-well attuned to demand based on using rigids. There's also the university's own bus service that takes some of the load in peaks. Unlike the CATs, the front door-only loading really stuffs it up ...
by tonyp
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Wollongong Rt. 55 Commenced Service & Split into 55A/C
Replies: 451
Views: 134693

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

Good news. Next let's see all-door loading and Custom Element electric buses. Gong Shuttle: Free fares to continue as bus future secured The NSW Government has announced it will extend the operation of the free Gong Shuttle bus service, which is a key mode of transport for more than three million cu...
by tonyp
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4788

Re: Private Bus Operations 2021

I've been randomly checking on deployment of the electric buses in region 6 and I never see more than two to three out on service, more commonly two. Of those, I've never seen the Yutong on the road. This means there are typically two to three out of five out of service. You'd expect from a bus type...
by tonyp
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 774477

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

The is a lot of underdeveloped space in the CBD and immediate surrounds. Expansion is not going to end anytime soon. Barangaroo, Eveleigh, are filling up fast, and soon Pyrmont, If the government was serious about decentralisation, it should not have allowed these. It makes sense to fully utilise t...
by tonyp
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations for 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 1339

Re: Ferry Observations for 2021

The government has decided to keep Freshwater as the second ferry to run weekend services, the changes to be introduced mid-year which, afaik, is when the NRMA Fast Ferry contract ends. So the Emeralds will be running as the fast ferries, with the large boats providing hourly back-up weekend and pub...
by tonyp
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 774477

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

Limited space, limited range of building types and high land value will always place a constraint on the Sydney CBD and encourage the development of other centres. It's important to link all those centres together in a grid, which is what the rail plan aims for.
by tonyp
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 774477

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

I would prefer to leave a legacy of adequacy to future generations rather than short-change them as previous generations of politicians and planners have. It isn't for either of us to predict how big Sydney will be in the future. The existing denser inner city core will be repeated around Parramatta...
by tonyp
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Photos - Sydney/NSW
Topic: Cunarders and ferries
Replies: 1
Views: 5032

Re: Cunarders and ferries

Late 1945 and various ships are bringing home service men and women. Sydney Harbour is crowded with naval vessels, the RAN being the fourth largest navy in the world at the end of the war and the British Pacific Fleet being there too. The Cunarder Aquitania is there at Woolloomooloo and a couple of ...
by tonyp
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 774477

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

Branching slashes the capacity of each of the branches. It's not a good way to go. With the ultimate potential of 2 minute headways and eight-car trains, the metro has all the capacity it will ever need.

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