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by Linto63
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 34
Views: 3911

Re: STA Observations 2021

STA will remain as an operating entity until at least March 2022, and if history is anything to go by, that will slip. So will still be appropriate to have an STA 2022 thread until the last region is transferred.
by Linto63
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: What happens when the mo plates run out
Replies: 23
Views: 1800

Re: What happens when the mo plates run out

matthewg wrote: Since reusing numbers happens, it's only a problem if we get more than 9999 buses with MO registration.
Not quite, only those where the plates were handed back to the RMS can be reused, but yes there is still plenty of room within the current series.
by Linto63
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus contracts to drive improved services (as from 2020)
Replies: 165
Views: 27377

Re: New bus contracts to drive improved services (as from 2020)

Would Busabout be able to use their Nevilles Bus Service accreditation in more multiple regions if they win bidding for one of the current STA contracts then wins bidding to retain the region 15 contract. Transdev operate their region 10 and 13 on one accreditation and region 12 on another, while T...
by Linto63
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Capacity on the 333 only becomes a problem when the beach population decides to decamp en masse at on a Sunday afternoon, same thing happens at other beaches and at Manly with the ferry. State Transit operate (or at least have in previous summers) additional Bondi Junction 333 short workings and X81...
by Linto63
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

The overall demand along that corridor is greater than buses can provide for, but not great enough to justify a train line. What other mode do you suggest that has an intermediate capacity between these two modes? If there is a capacity problem, more buses with a bus lane on Bondi Road will be a fa...
by Linto63
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Shock horror, a big crowd wanting to leave Bondi Beach on a summer afternoon.😮 What should we do, waste a couple of billion on a tramline? Not going to happen.
by Linto63
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 425
Views: 74531

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Having been replaced by road coaches since the Wallan derailment in February, the down Sydney - Grafton and up Brisbane - Sydney XPT services have been restored, albeit with the latter starting at Casino due to the border closure. XP2000, the trailing power car that remained upright, has been return...
by Linto63
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Trains Network - A Future Perspective
Replies: 9
Views: 1333

Re: Sydney Trains Network - A Future Perspective

More of a wish list than anything, much of which will never happen.
by Linto63
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 425
Views: 74531

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

T38 i think? was seen running on the T4 on its own on Monday For the last couple of weeks, 4-car Tangaras have been operating what appear to be training runs between the country platforms at Central and Eveleigh via the engine dive during the off-peak, possibly was one of these shuttling to/from Mo...
by Linto63
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

Gemilang International held a 50% shareholding in Gemilang Australia that was sold in June 2019. As a result, GI began selling whole buses to GA, where previously it had sold buses directly to end customers in Australia and New Zealand. So GA is now the distributor, where previously it was a broker ...
by Linto63
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

Yet another example of the NSW Government's buses-manufactured-anyway-except-NSW policy. Appears State Transit has gone against the ' buses-manufactured-anyway-except-NSW policy', having received 53 Scania K310UBs and 58 Volvo B8RLEs in the last three years, all bodied by Custom Bus in Sydney. Plen...
by Linto63
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 425
Views: 74531

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Simple answer is to make the bridge wide enough to allow for a separate passageway for non rail passengers to be built on the southern side.
by Linto63
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 425
Views: 74531

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Most likely because it would become the most used station to not be gated. Don't know where it ranks, but probably the most used station outside of the CBD.
by Linto63
Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

It might be possible to convert from an A-B-C-B-A + A-B-C-B-A configuration to a single A-B-C-B-C-B-C-B-A set by constructing 3 new modules to replace two driving (A) ends, but I don't know how practical that would be. Would be an expensive process for relatively little gain. There is capacity for ...
by Linto63
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

The Trailerbus has equal capacity to any tram but can provide a one seat ride because of the far greater route. The only trouble is every time I ask the transport minister for an exemption due to ABS, speed limiter and stability control I only get fobbed off from TfNSW TfNSW won't consider bending ...
by Linto63
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Why should the network not be extended to its old stomping grounds even though they would provide a medium capacity transit option for passengers that can cover a wider catchment without resorting to buses. Reinstating a piece of infrastructure just because it existed before, is not how infrastruct...
by Linto63
Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ferry Observations 2020
Replies: 157
Views: 22268

Re: Ferry Observations 2020

It may not last. A commercial entity won't keep running an unprofitable service forever. Obviously saved by TfNSW agreeing to pick up the shortfall, unlikely it has stepped in to save it only to cut the flack again if it were cut loose down the track. I think, to the contrary, Constance is being ve...
by Linto63
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

And rip up the city for another couple of years? No chance.
by Linto63
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Are there still lights to control vehicles/pedestrians at the left turn? Just a zebra crossing IIRC, very little road traffic now. Nonetheless, it would be worth extending the light rail from Kingsford along the former tramway reservation to Maroubra Junction, which could be done at minimal cost wi...
by Linto63
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 862081

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

With road traffic having no option but to turn west down Ultimo Road from George Street, there was no need for the lights to be retained.
by Linto63
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

Premier Illawarra inherited 11 Mercedes-Benz LO812s from John J Hill and Ruttys, so it would have been in a good position to asses their suitability. For whatever reason when their time came, Premier Illawarra did not replace them with similar sized vehicles, as to why we don't know definitively. Bu...
by Linto63
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

385BUZ wrote: But what about Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton??
And how many Coaster or Mercedes Vario size buses do they operate? Plenty of Busteck MDis but cost savings would be negligible when compared to the XDi full size equivalent.
by Linto63
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

It seems that it's no longer the operators who have the choice to be more flexible, TfNSW is requiring them to use oversize buses and fostering poor service provision. Doesn't appear that TfNSW prohibits the use of shorter buses, Forest have a 2008 Bustech MDi. While the simplistic answer may be to...
by Linto63
Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

Hornsby Bus Group and Lane Cove Bus Service dabbled with Nambucca bodied midibuses in the 80s. Westbus and its National Bus Company subsidiaries in Brisbane and Melbourne, and the various Sunbus operations in Queensland introduced extensive midibus operations in the 90s. Yet within a few years all h...
by Linto63
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 105840

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

It seems a nonsense to run full-size 12 metre buses around like this. Low floor midibuses would be more appropriate. The cost difference in a midi vs full size bus, both capital and operational, isn't that large. Any savings are offset by less flexibility. While they may run near empty during the d...

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