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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby BroadGauge » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:16 pm

Noticed #103 (Scania K280UB/Gemilang) running on route 220 to Gardenvale through Footscray at 1:30pm this afternoon. Didn't think that was usual unless Sunshine West depot has some of them now.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Comeng64 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:02 am

Spotted Artic #2000 (Scania K310UA/Custom Coaches CB60 Evo II) at The Pines around 7:45am heading inbound, displaying 'Special' on the desto with an A3 paper stuck to the windscreen: "906X - Limited Stop" Below that it said which stops it skipped and something about the Eastern Freeway but didn't quite catch it.
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Transdev graffiti-cleaning cost.

Postby Roderick Smith » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:38 am

Graffiti attacks on buses costing Transdev $1 million a year to clean up.
Manningham Leader March 19, 2017.
A DONCASTER commuter says constant graffiti attacks on Manningham buses are making them look the worst he has seen in 35 years of travel.
David Robertson’s complaint comes as bus operator Transdev, which services Manningham and other parts of Melbourne, revealed it spent more than $1 million a year removing graffiti from its fleet.
A Transdev bus covered in graffiti. Picture: Kylie Else.
And with nearly half its buses housed at the Doncaster depot, its managing director Harry Wijers said its mobile graffiti response team was revising its strategy to deal with the problem.
Mr Robertson, a Public Transport Users Association member, said he had seen graffiti and grime on nearly every bus he had travelled on in the past 12 months during his daily weekday commute to the city.
“I’ve been using the system in Manningham heading to the city for a long time and I’ve never seen it like it is,” he said.
“Every bus has some sort of graffiti on it or you can see the remnants of trying to clean it off.”
Drivers who see vandals in action are powerless to act. Picture: Kylie Else Mr Wijers said graffiti was “a huge issue” for the company, with about 80 per cent of its fleet vandalised at any given time.
Transdev has 505 buses in its fleet, with 210 stationed at its Doncaster depot.
“Basically, as soon as it’s cleaned off, it reappears,” he said.
“Even if a driver sees someone vandalising their bus, there is very little they can do about it.”
Constant attacks on the buses mean they have to be deep cleaned once a month. Picture: Kylie Else.
Mr Wijers said staff cleaned graffiti off buses daily.
He said all buses had to be deep cleaned once a month and some required a repaint or a respray, costing $5000 each time.
Mr Wijers said the company had CCTV on its buses to try and identify offenders and was also trialling different paint surfaces and interiors to deter taggers.
Transdev spokeswoman Kate Rasmussen said drivers were not supposed to leave their seats to engage with vandals but reported graffiti at the end of their shifts. They could also alert TransDev’s operations team to any incidents via internal radio, who then referred the matter to police..
A Victoria Police Media spokesman said Manningham Crime Investigation Unit and Transit Police did not have any recent reports of graffiti on buses.
Graffiti vandals spray last Hitachi train.
www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/graffi ... 6e7b0b9409, with four photos, mainly tags on walls and seat backs, plus scratched windows.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Heihachi_73 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:04 am

Who else can be blamed? I never saw buses in such poor condition when Ventura and National were running the same services, even the older high floor buses such as the Leyland Tigers, MAN SL200s (including MK1s back then) and Volvo/Scania/Mercedes Volgrens were kept much cleaner. Ventura's buses are still kept relatively clean even today despite having mostly the same models of bus as Transdev. Custom CB60, check. Designline "bubble", check. Designline "square", check. Volgren CR228L, check. SmartBus-liveried vehicles, check.
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Re: Transdev graffiti-cleaning cost.

Postby burrumbus » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:19 pm

Roderick Smith wrote:Graffiti attacks on buses costing Transdev $1 million a year to clean up.
Manningham Leader March 19, 2017.
A DONCASTER commuter says constant graffiti attacks on Manningham buses are making them look the worst he has seen in 35 years of travel.
David Robertson’s complaint comes as bus operator Transdev, which services Manningham and other parts of Melbourne, revealed it spent more than $1 million a year removing graffiti from its fleet.
A Transdev bus covered in graffiti. Picture: Kylie Else.
And with nearly half its buses housed at the Doncaster depot, its managing director Harry Wijers said its mobile graffiti response team was revising its strategy to deal with the problem.
Mr Robertson, a Public Transport Users Association member, said he had seen graffiti and grime on nearly every bus he had travelled on in the past 12 months during his daily weekday commute to the city.
“I’ve been using the system in Manningham heading to the city for a long time and I’ve never seen it like it is,” he said.
“Every bus has some sort of graffiti on it or you can see the remnants of trying to clean it off.”
Drivers who see vandals in action are powerless to act. Picture: Kylie Else Mr Wijers said graffiti was “a huge issue” for the company, with about 80 per cent of its fleet vandalised at any given time.
Transdev has 505 buses in its fleet, with 210 stationed at its Doncaster depot.
“Basically, as soon as it’s cleaned off, it reappears,” he said.
“Even if a driver sees someone vandalising their bus, there is very little they can do about it.”
Constant attacks on the buses mean they have to be deep cleaned once a month. Picture: Kylie Else.
Mr Wijers said staff cleaned graffiti off buses daily.
Again Transdev spin.
He said all buses had to be deep cleaned once a month and some required a repaint or a respray, costing $5000 each time.
Mr Wijers said the company had CCTV on its buses to try and identify offenders and was also trialling different paint surfaces and interiors to deter taggers.
Transdev spokeswoman Kate Rasmussen said drivers were not supposed to leave their seats to engage with vandals but reported graffiti at the end of their shifts. They could also alert TransDev’s operations team to any incidents via internal radio, who then referred the matter to police..
A Victoria Police Media spokesman said Manningham Crime Investigation Unit and Transit Police did not have any recent reports of graffiti on buses.
Graffiti vandals spray last Hitachi train.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east ... 6e7b0b9409, with four photos, mainly tags on walls and seat backs, plus scratched windows.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby E.L.Wood » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:33 pm

Word is as of today Transdev are now performing planned replacement services for Metro on the Cragieburn line following Kastoria's withdrawl from their Metro Trains contract, Kastoria will continue to provide emergency replacement vehicles.
yolo seems to be a bit of a trend!
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Get The Met » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:35 pm

Hi
I assume MAN Mk II 298 has now been removed from revenue service? Maybe Tulla Flyer can shed some light on its where abouts.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby Heihachi_73 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:52 pm

I saw an ex-Grenda Volgren high floor on the 271 a couple of days ago. Stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the orange buses.
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Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Postby scott » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:47 am

I wonder when those B10M and L113CRB high floors will be replaced?, if ever.

Nice in their day, but now looking very dog earred, even more since Transdev got them.
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