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To add to my observation re the extra off peak 144 services, they are also running on the weekend, though only 2 an hour but also between Spit Junction and RNS Hospital.
Was thinking they'd run them the whole route, but can also see why they wouldn't based on demand.
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BroadGauge wrote:Running overflow coaches only seems to be something that has been put on for the Queens Birthday weekend.
Federation Coaches was operating an overflow service for the midday service from Canberra last Wednesday or Thursday.
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BroadGauge wrote: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:42 am
boronia wrote: Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:59 pmAt Central this morning, I was chatting to the guard on the Canberra XPL. I joked about the small number of passengers on board, and he stated that only 32 passengers are carried and any overflow are carried in coaches.
Running overflow coaches only seems to be something that has been put on for the Queens Birthday weekend. On other days, it seems to be the case that ones the socially distanced capacity of the train is booked out, too bad.

I'm surprised that the Canberra Xplorer isn't booked out on every single trip yet, given that both of the Murrays and Greyhound coach services are still suspended between SYD - CBR. Apart from driving yourself, the only options between those cities are the Xplorer, or the 5x weekly QantasLink Dash 8 service that runs from SYD - CBR - MEL.
Nope, had Overflow coaches for the Northern XPT/ Explorer services all week leading up to the Queens Birthday, expect to see it more as regional NSW travel is opened up.
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Murrays had overflow coaches at Central this afternoon.
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I had a play around with the booking site, and there seems to be supplementary coaches for all Canberra Xplorer services, substituting for train services the same way as weekend trackwork coaches would - eg I can book a trip from Tarago to Bundanoon on a supplementary coach if I want to.

Surprised that the supplementary coach service isn't just for the major stations, as it would be logistically a bit easier to take off some of the load going to major points off the train, and keep some of the seats on the train aside for those few who need the minor stops rather than have road coaches going down all the back roads to small stations that are far away from the direct road routes.
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I had a quick look at the Dubbo XPT one day last week, and it was also lightly loaded compared to normal. Is this getting coach backup as well?
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NSW TrainLink website tells you they are supplementing regional services for social distancing:

NSW TrainLink Regional services

We’ve got a plan to provide a COVID Safe regional transport network as restrictions ease and the numbers on our network increases, and more people return to work and school.

We have implemented measures to ensure the safety of our staff and customers especially those travelling long distances. NSW TrainLink regional rail and coach customers are being booked in a way to accommodate physical distancing where possible.

- Bookings with two adults on the same ticket will be allocated physical distant seats and may request on board staff to allow them to sit together.
- Bookings of one adult and one child from same family are seated together.
- Bookings of three or more family members on the same ticket will be seated together, groups of more than 4, will be accommodated directly across the aisle if possible.
- Groups of people not from the same household should be advised that physical distancing seating will be applied.

Unfortunately, due to the reduced capacity, we cannot guarantee that large groups will be able to be accommodated on the same day or on the same service.


To adhere to physical distancing guidelines, some service may be supplemented by additional coaches. Once services have reached capacity, please consider an alternative option or travel on an alternative day.
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I noticed on FB, video of XPT carriages being transferred from Broadmeadow back to Sydney.

Perhaps they are going to build up the consists of some services? The Wallan accident must have reduced the pool of spare cars.
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XPTs have been operating in 2+6 formation throughout Covid, normally they operate as 2+5 outside school holidays, except for the Dubbo service which is 2+4. They used to operate as 2+7, but haven't for a few years now.
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swtt wrote: Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:55 pm to Strathfield Station every 30 min from approx 1430 hrs in that direction.

Earlier today, it was Strathfield Station to Olympic Park Station, in that direction, every 30 min.

In actual fact both 525 and 526 are getting additional services on weekends. That makes it around 9 buses per hour from DFO to Strathfield.

525 short runners - every 30 min from Olympic Park Station
526 short runners - every 20 min from Underwood Road (DFO)

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In my neck of the woods, the 550 is operating on a roughly every 7 min frequency in both directions from just before midday to 3pm-ish which was somewhat unexpected as the offpeak services never really got full except if the one before or after was late (they normally go to 15min freqs in offpeak on weekedays).
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Route548 wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:31 am In my neck of the woods, the 550 is operating on a roughly every 7 min frequency in both directions from just before midday to 3pm-ish which was somewhat unexpected as the offpeak services never really got full except if the one before or after was late (they normally go to 15min freqs in offpeak on weekedays).
You're right - that's pretty awesomely frequent! Would it catering for school or university students?

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swtt wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:27 pm
Route548 wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:31 am In my neck of the woods, the 550 is operating on a roughly every 7 min frequency in both directions from just before midday to 3pm-ish which was somewhat unexpected as the offpeak services never really got full except if the one before or after was late (they normally go to 15min freqs in offpeak on weekedays).
You're right - that's pretty awesomely frequent! Would it catering for school or university students?

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Looks like a stack of fringe peak services on Route 320 have also been added - they're Zetland - Wynyard short runners.

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Noticed both Australia Wide Coaches and BusBiz were operating more than one coach on their Western NSW TrainLink services today. Three out of the five coaches on the Lithgow station stand were not in NSW TrainLink livery.
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More on additional 525/526 weekend Olympic Park (525)/DFO (526) services:

https://transportnsw.info/trip/departur ... 2008291025

Is there no such a plan to make these services permanent? Even without the COVID situation, the routes' patronage are going gangbusters.

Here's one of such services about to depart Strathfield Station on Saturday 22/8:
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The additional Covid services on 595 have been withdrawn with no notice.
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crimsontide wrote: Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:22 pm The additional Covid services on 595 have been withdrawn with no notice.
They aren’t really advertised so they will disappear the same way they just appeared when they started. Same for all modes.
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Can I make a comment that whoever thought the combination of green stickers (that take time to apply/remove in accordance to the fluid and uncertain situation)+"strong" recommendation to wear mask INSTEAD of just mandating masks (no mask no ride) and applying minimum amount of green stickers (rather than adding more) is the brightest bulb :idea:
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Masks are mandatory on public transport (as well as other indoor settings) as of today, and enforced from tomorrow with a $200 fine.

https://transportnsw.info/covid-19/covi ... sk-content
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In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, you should continue to take personal responsibility regarding your travel plans and follow all NSW Health advice. This includes not travelling if unwell, practising physical distancing and good hygiene as well as wearing your own mask.
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There was a Volgren St Marys CDC coach at Penrith today which I later saw at Katoomba assume they had a few coaches supplementing BMT services??
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boxythingy wrote: Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:25 am Can I make a comment that whoever thought the combination of green stickers (that take time to apply/remove in accordance to the fluid and uncertain situation)+"strong" recommendation to wear mask INSTEAD of just mandating masks (no mask no ride) and applying minimum amount of green stickers (rather than adding more) is the brightest bulb :idea:
An STA bus I was on today had all the green stickers in the centre of the seats, rather than alternating side to side, They looked to neat to have been subject to random "vandalism".

Passenger compliance on a few services was 100% although patronage was much lower than I would have expected.
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boronia wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:07 pm Passenger compliance on a few services was 100% although patronage was much lower than I would have expected.
Many people are less enthusiastic about the prospect of wearing an uncomfortable face mask than the government may hope they would be, and hence this mandate serves as a deterrent to making non-essential journeys.

There's quite a few people who would have switched to driving as well.
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