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by Alstom 888M
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 12945

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2020

My old favourite... if I had somewhere to put her...
by Alstom 888M
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 15856

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Incorrect. It is against Transdev policy to allow passengers to enter the bus through the rear door as it is a safety hazard and encourages fare evasion and disciplinary action may occur if drivers are found deliberately allowing rear-door boarding to happen. There is no driver discretion. This poli...
by Alstom 888M
Mon May 27, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Codes for Ventura's Mobitec rail replacment destos?
Replies: 1
Views: 7176

Re: Codes for Ventura's Mobitec rail replacment destos?

Best way would be to find a driver on his lunch break who is willing to sit and watch you go through the whole damn thing. Unless you know someone within the company.
by Alstom 888M
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2019
Replies: 64
Views: 40685

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2019

It's more a question of how well the fleet has been looked after its whole life. The private operators purchase their vehicles with an expectation that they will last 20 years (the State Government has a grant to replace route service buses that are 20 years old) and look after then as such. If your...
by Alstom 888M
Sun May 27, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2018
Replies: 126
Views: 70044

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

The third head of TDM to fall since the contract started I might point out.
by Alstom 888M
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

How does the destination system work? If it is possible for drivers to program seperately the route number and destination, it is the most likely explanation. However, from what I've observed many systems seem to have a single number typed in that is coded to route and destination? It is not possib...
by Alstom 888M
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 23752

Re: All Other Victorian Bus Observations 2017

Re: Cranbourne Transit. Understand they have a shortage but cancelling the last 3 services out of Frankston on a Friday night when shops are open until 9 is a pretty crap decision. Can you really blame the drivers for pulling a sickie? Couldn't think of anything worse than a Frankston run on a Frid...
by Alstom 888M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

SmartBus services do not require SmartBus livery but must still meet the qualification to be a "SmartBus", in that it must be low-floor, air-conditioned, and be fitted with PIDs.
by Alstom 888M
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Cyclists permitted to ride in bus lanes
Replies: 6
Views: 2895

Re: Cyclists permitted to ride in bus lanes

Doesn't change anything. Cyclists use bus lanes anyway.
by Alstom 888M
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ventura Group News 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 32852

Re: Ventura Group News 2017

Mitch wrote:Not sure of the old fleet number but there's now a MkII for sale at a property in Balliang, at the intersection of Bacchus Marsh-Geelong Rd and Ballan Rd.

Looks to be in quite good condition.

Cheers,
Mitch :)
As in an ex-Met Ansair MkII (MAN SL200)? If so it's good for nothing but Pepsi cans.
by Alstom 888M
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Doncaster Busway Proposal
Replies: 22
Views: 11404

Re: Transdev Doncaster Busway Proposal

The busway could be designed to run the "wrong way". You'd need to set up barriers to prevent a head on though.

How would the buses leave at the various turn-offs?
by Alstom 888M
Fri May 19, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: CDC Route 605 changes - 25 June 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 4802

Re: CDC Route 605 changes - 25 June 2017

Both of which affect major existing bus services and are primarily affected by cars being seemly unable to obey road laws rather than actual infrastructure design.
by Alstom 888M
Wed May 10, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Dyson Group News 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 43124

Re: Dyson Group News 2017

Maybe we're going to get another "Grow or Go" so smaller operators are selling up before they lose their businesses by force. On the other hand charter operation might be more profitable.
by Alstom 888M
Sat May 06, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ownership of Melbourne Bus fleets
Replies: 8
Views: 3637

Re: Ownership of Melbourne Bus fleets

Buses operated by the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise (i.e. Transdev) are owned by the state.

Buses operated by private operators are owned by those operators.
by Alstom 888M
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Bilingual tram announcements
Replies: 8
Views: 3350

Re: Bilingual tram announcements

I'm dead against it. Most Vietnamese that live in that area came during the 70s and 80s and so would have lived in Melbourne for at least thirty or more years. Plenty of time to learn English. They are citizens or at least permanent residents. Now if it were targeted for a tourist audience then I'd ...
by Alstom 888M
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

A 5 over 6 roster means drivers work 5 days out of 6 (Monday to Saturday) with Sundays to be worked as optional overtime, or potentially by casuals who are paid a slightly higher fixed rate (no weekend penalties). Under the National Employment Standards, a shift worker is defined as a worker who is ...
by Alstom 888M
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Transdev are buying a new Gemilang as a replacement for #384, which burnt out on the West Gate Freeway last year. Also 5 new Optares are also on their way, probably to get rid of the Plasmas.
by Alstom 888M
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Airport monorail?
Replies: 37
Views: 16179

Re: Airport monorail?

The O-Bahn does not go to Adelaide airport, it goes to the north eastern suburbs. O-Bahn buses can be used on any service but regular buses cannot; they need guide wheels fitted to operate safely. Would be ideal to use on the Eastern Freeway / DART services in conjunction with articulated buses, as ...
by Alstom 888M
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Doncaster park & ride

What about a bus tunnel like Brisbane has from the freeway into the city?

Is that the Secret Police knocking at my door?
by Alstom 888M
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

Given #800 has no Myki equipment I was hazard a guess it's a group of trainee drivers.
by Alstom 888M
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: High Capacity Buses
Replies: 29
Views: 7388

Re: High Capacity Buses

Both are more difficult to drive (in different ways) and require a higher class of license than a normal bus (MR vs HR) which can cause rostering issues. An operator with a high number of high capacity buses (such as Skybus) would possibly require all employees hold a HR license for employment. Tran...
by Alstom 888M
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: Caroline Springs Station.
Replies: 7
Views: 8278

Re: Caroline Springs Station.

It becomes single track at Caroline Springs. I think there's a loop at Melton but I'm not really sure.
by Alstom 888M
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What is your favourite seat?
Replies: 10
Views: 8297

Re: What is your favourite seat?

My favourite is the drivers seat because I get paid to sit in it.
by Alstom 888M
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2017
Replies: 305
Views: 127847

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2017

It's exactly the same desto unit as the one used in the B2 originally.

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