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by Merc1107
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What makes you happy today?
Replies: 3001
Views: 367629

Re: What makes you happy today?

That's a magnificent looking vehicle, Big Engine Mechanic. How many kilometres has she done?
by Merc1107
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What makes you happy today?
Replies: 3001
Views: 367629

Re: What makes you happy today?

I'm a viscous fan coupling person myself; they move far more air than electric fans could ever hope to. When working properly they shouldn't be that detrimental to performance unless you're talking about racing where every bit counts.
by Merc1107
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: PTA/Transperth approach to bus network reform

Eg Hamilton Hill/Coobellup south-east of Fremantle have a lot of routes including some legacy routes to the CBD dating from before the train (although they are old housing commission areas so patronage may be OK) Despite the tangled web of routes and what appears like over-servicing, the people in ...
by Merc1107
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 816

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

Dynamic braking is standard on electric buses. Drivers have to be re-indoctrinated that it's actually OK to use the brake as much as possible rather than a retarder! Considering the difficulty (or lack of knowledge) some have with the retarder on conventional buses, not sure whether electrics will ...
by Merc1107
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 816

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

The gas buses on Freo CATs are out all day with only drivers changing, generally. These have practically no downtime between trips whereas Joondalup and Perth CATs may do.
by Merc1107
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 13755

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Temporary changes for the Fremantle CAT are currently proposed: Council calls for COVID CAT cuts Fremantle Council has voted to temporarily reduce the city’s CAT bus services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Fremantle and Public Transport Authority have an agreement to jointly fund ...
by Merc1107
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 256
Views: 31256

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

Strange. I wonder if this is a result of the majority of daytime services having 4 and 6-car sets deployed on them, now?
by Merc1107
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 13755

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

The proof is in the pudding - the 111 and its ilk on the freeway are usually quite busy in the peaks whereas the 910s tend to bunch up and aren't as well loaded. Until 2012-2014, the 111 was only a limited service in the very core of the peak; service levels are still much better than they once were...
by Merc1107
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Volvo electric bus
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Volvo electric bus

I only hope the trial goes further than the Joondalup CAT routes. The CATs are self-contained with any concerns over range and on-road recharging easily dealt with versus regular services elsewhere; which can involve driver reliefs, limited downtime in the depot between shifts (when buses aren't req...
by Merc1107
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 13755

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Let see if Transperth will put the route 281 onto the printed timetable per previous route modifications so far. The trips were appearing on the Transperth App, but not the website. The trips now appear on the online timetable, however the timetable linked is last year's 281/282 timetable (as at 28...
by Merc1107
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 64
Views: 2890

Re: WS Airport Metro

Ellenbrook line won't be interchange... They're going to be ramming trains from that and the Airport line down through Perth and along the Freo line. End result is full-length Freo-Midland trains have peak service reduced to 12mins until infrastructure upgrades that are still many years away. It's g...
by Merc1107
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 13755

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Another round of changes coming up from the 19th July (sorry to thwart your efforts at being up-to-date, busdriver12 !), with a few notable changes - new Route 26, 501 upgraded to 900-series, some further route consolidation (150 now short-working 160) and other frequency improvements and amendments...
by Merc1107
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Bus Routes - What would you do if you were in charge?
Replies: 576
Views: 96363

Re: Bus Routes - What would you do if you were in charge?

I also have personal grudges that I've put into this, such as above with the 107 where I have removed the Mosman Park loop - I dislike mini-loops and route duplication at points along routes. It's been a while since I rode a 107, but as I recall, the streets of Mosman Park (and the roundabouts) can...
by Merc1107
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Bus Routes - What would you do if you were in charge?
Replies: 576
Views: 96363

Re: Bus Routes - What would you do if you were in charge?

That's actually a rather clever idea - it's unfortunate that part of Wellard has been devoid of any bus service for so long. I would go as far as extending the service to Kwinana Bus Station, as the weekend service between the Station and shops is, to put it bluntly, a disaster.
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Rare and interesting car sightings
Replies: 1793
Views: 312145

Re: Rare and interesting car sightings

Saw a white Volvo 760GLE in Perth CBD Saturday evening, the custom rego suggests it's a 1986. In great nic, and didn't realise the 760 was sold here - although I rather doubt it's one with Peugot-Renault-Volvo V6!
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Consultation on new AdMet Network
Replies: 86
Views: 5871

Re: Consultation on new AdMet Network

I agree with removing alpha-numerics, but the question is, is it necessary to have a different route for the (sometimes fairly small) variations between services, or one high-frequency service, and a lesser service to handle the busier back-street sections (where applicable)? Althought I do think th...
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts
Replies: 112
Views: 4233

Re: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts

I wouldn't call it good news if it means the existing network will be left entirely alone - something has to be done about the falling patronage (the Coronavirus won't have helped - but in theory the statisticians can calculate what patronage would've been with some simple adjustments). Whether that...
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8269
Views: 602725

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

Bus Suggestions wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:10 am
... most CNG OCs in Perth are still sturdy, save for the older 1800s and 1200s.
I think the 1200s are still in exceptional shape considering the mileage most have accrued to date - in their case any niggles with the bodywork are to be expected.
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8269
Views: 602725

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

Yup, all the CB80s I've been on have been magic, despite baking in the sun 18hrs a day in tropical old Darwin. Perth's two CB60 artics both seem quite sturdy, too... How I wish we could have a break from Volgren...
by Merc1107
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts
Replies: 112
Views: 4233

Re: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts

So what's the plan if they concede defeat? Let someone else try and sort things out or try another new network proposal?
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts
Replies: 112
Views: 4233

Re: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts

The Public don't like transferring from 1 service to another. ^^This. Something the planners never seem to grasp. Yeah, I absolutely agree with that. In cities that aren't too big, they're an invaluable service to have which might help attract people from their cars. Where there's a train line near...
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Tonkin GAP MORLEY ELLENBROOK LINE (MEL)
Replies: 30
Views: 9992

Re: Tonkin GAP MORLEY ELLENBROOK LINE (MEL)

It would also be hard to to schedule connecting buses, as that means connecting bus frequencies would also need to have odd frequencies of 12 or 24 to connect every service with a train, 6 to connect every 2nd bus to a train and 18 to connect each bus to every 3rd train. I suspect they can get away...
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts
Replies: 112
Views: 4233

Re: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts

Those are two good examples, but to counter that, tourists also stay in the city, or with family in the suburbs. Or another example, a one-off bus user has just dropped off their car for servicing and needs to get to work and back to the mechanic again that afternoon. Maybe these areas don't just ha...
by Merc1107
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts
Replies: 112
Views: 4233

Re: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts

Will all this increase confusion and cause annoyance? Probably yes. Even if one takes the cynical perspective on these changes, how they can they 'increase confusion'? There are less routes and variations as a result of the proposals. In contrast, how would someone in the know explain current servi...
by Merc1107
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Vigilantes
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Vigilantes

Unfortunately if a driver waves them on, if (and when) RPOs/security turn up, the fare evaders can rightfully claim they were allowed to ride for free, and thus escape a fine. So a canned speech may be required in Adelaide when dealing with fare evaders, if the driver deems it is safe to do so. Ther...

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