Transport for Brisbane Observations 2021

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T2916 (reg no XQ50QE) on Route 430.
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Aren’t BCC looking at Electric / Hydrogen buses now? I’m sure Volgren could utilise a body on any chassis. Is it a definite thing with Volgren?
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T1032 on Route 60.
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Just heard that Volgren's JV with BCC has gone to an end. I'm pretty shocked. Can someone guess what bodybuilder would be the next option?
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If BCC is ending the Volgren contract, how long is the current build project on for, also how many builds left? I guess we won’t see a 2999. Be great if the last one could be in a heritage livery to mark the end of new builds.
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Buses newer than 2914 have a new rear design
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Megumi wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:36 pm Just heard that Volgren's JV with BCC has gone to an end. I'm pretty shocked. Can someone guess what bodybuilder would be the next option?
I guess we will have to wait for the 2021-2022 BCC budget in June 2021 to see if there is any money for new bus builds. I suspect that any new money will be put towards the Brisbane Metro so I doubt there will be any new conventional bus builds for some time.

The oldest bus is currently only 15.5 years old so there is some room for the suspension of new builds of conventional buses until the Brisbane Metro comes on line.
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Aside from the fact this is much ado over nothing (bus supply contracts all eventually expire - why make it out as Volgren being the only supplier in the market?), could the Metro result in enough City services being curtailed or cancelled that TfB/BT are able to cull a significant number of buses in one hit after its introduction? Or is it more likely these resources will be put towards a very extensive feeder bus network?

With the oldest buses just 15.5yrs old, too, and typical maximum fleet ages being kept to 18 or so years here in Australia, there's really no rush to keep replacing buses. Were I a resident of Brisbane, I would actually have been concerned with the more recent fleet replacement strategy - a lot of taxpayer's money has been put towards "Australia's Youngest Bus Fleet", where even relatively young vehicles were replaced.
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The main reason BCC is decommissioning buses at the moment is because of the CNG cylinders reaching their end of life, and they won't stop doing that because its less economical to keep those buses going than it is to get new diesel ones. Also, the majority of the aging CNG fleet isn't on the Metro route, so I doubt the two things will really influence each other.
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CNG cylinders are typically stamped for 15, 20, or even 30 years. I've only heard hearsay on the matter of tank expiry in most cases, and in the past, we've seen many L94s withdrawn at very young ages. Spending hundreds of thousands on new buses just to save on relatively small (in comparison!) maintenance costs seems absurd.
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S1646 on an outbound 170.
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C1894 withdrawn from service and ready for scrap after the rail bridge accident late 2020
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T2917 (reg no XQ53QE) out in service today.
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T2920 (XQ 68QE) parked at Volgren today.

Also S1642, S1646, S1647 and S1648 parked at Eagle Farm - guess that they have been swapped with the new artics..
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Aerial imagery shows that there have been bendies sitting in CityGlider livery at Eagle Farm depot since the 2nd of June last year at the very least. Fast forward 9 months later and they are yet to clock a single km in passenger service. The most recent aerial imagery I have (albiet, from the 29th of November 2020) shows 18 bendies at Eagle Farm depot (8 in a CityGlider skin), with the highest fleet number I can make out being 1670.

Does anyone have a definitive date on when they will be starting up? Surely I would have thought having them up and running by February at the very latest would have been a goal, due to everyone starting back at work, school, uni and just the fact that Feb/March are the highest patronage months of the year. It's disappointing that it's taken so long for these to get out on the road, compared with how quick they have been pumping out the new B8's (both pre and post COVID lockdown).
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S1653, S1664 (XQ93LS), S1665 (XQ90LS), S1666 (XQ95NP), S1667 (XQ84NP), S1668 (XQ93NP), S1669 and S1670 all in service this morning.
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S1662 (reg no XQ99LS) on Route 66 as well.
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W1413 on a Route 66.
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