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by Merc1107
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: 2021 Melbourne bus retendering
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: 2021 Melbourne bus retendering

As it always should be. For a state-wide integrated transport network, the state should always do the planning, not the operators. However, operators should definitely have some say in those changes. What about in regional areas where governments don't focus much of their attention towards like Alb...
by Merc1107
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Odd question - For the people that drive anything big and or old
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Re: Odd question - For the people that drive anything big and or old

Similar reasons really to those who don't buy the latest and greatest home gadgets... Why buy new appliances that save water and/or energy when the savings won't pay off the cost of the acquisition in time for costly repairs or replacement?
by Merc1107
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: O500LEs: Great or Rubbish
Replies: 10
Views: 1011

Re: O500LEs: Great or Rubbish

Gassies are extremely sluggish up hills and I dread taking them on hilly routes, however as mentioned before, their flat ground performance is not the best, but still nice. . Depends on how well they're running really. I think the OP has already left the board. It's interesting someone would drop a...
by Merc1107
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: Political discussion
Replies: 157
Views: 11613

Re: Political discussion

Or a prankster has bought the domain name and redirected it to his campaign website... Very easy thing to do really.
by Merc1107
Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Full Low Floor vs. Low entrance buses
Replies: 20
Views: 1146

Re: Full Low Floor vs. Low entrance buses

1. Additional cost and maintenance. Do they actually cost more for the manufacturer to produce, or are low-floors still seen as the 'premium' city bus offering? Along these lines, how many bus types are in Australia that were bodied as low-entry when the final product was intended to be low-floor? ...
by Merc1107
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Full Low Floor vs. Low entrance buses
Replies: 20
Views: 1146

Re: Full Low Floor vs. Low entrance buses

Full low floor buses would not be able to operate in some town-urban areas due to the road profile/topography. As a simple example when I had Murtons, we had a lot of trouble keeping some parts of our buses away from the roads in Broken Hill - in fact the 4 underneath skids at the front and rear of...
by Merc1107
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 550
Views: 83018

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

The same old gong being beaten and beaten to death. It is no wonder people have packed up and left this forum in droves. We've addressed that in the thread dealing with monthly post statistics. Forums everywhere are dying because of the prevalence of Facebook, and other mediums, that allow people t...
by Merc1107
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Toyota Sora - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus
Replies: 1
Views: 753

Re: Toyota Sora - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

Well there was this that came up the other day - not directly related to your post but at least along the lines of hydrogen buses. HYDROGEN MINING BUSES MID-2021: WEST OZ FUEL-CELL DEAL By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Hyzon Date: 17.08.2020 BREAKING: As part of a major Western Australia ...
by Merc1107
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Discussion - Other States (NT & TAS)
Topic: Darwin Route Changes
Replies: 3
Views: 10517

Re: Darwin Route Changes

Posting this little update here predominantly because of the bus priority included - a Facebook post by the NT DIPL reports this will give buses a head-start at the intersection by about 6 seconds. Bus Stop 70 Darwin City – returning to Cavenagh Street The bus stop was temporarily moved to Smith Str...
by Merc1107
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 373
Views: 41682

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

Hope the dress rims stay. I thought Brisbane Transport's fleet looked a bit unsightly without them... Of course it doesn't help they don't seem to wash the wheels (or roofs!) of their buses often.
by Merc1107
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Discussion - Brisbane / QLD
Topic: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2020
Replies: 243
Views: 37584

Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2020

Whoops :oops:
I meant what was the rate of delivery for rigids prior to the artics?
by Merc1107
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Discussion - Brisbane / QLD
Topic: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2020
Replies: 243
Views: 37584

Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2020

What's the rate of delivery of these B8s at present?
by Merc1107
Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 17796

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Saw Fremantle's 2651 doing a 548F this afternoon.
by Merc1107
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 17796

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

That just transfers the burden of payment from the local residents who might actually use the service to all WA taxpayers, most of who won't. Not sure how that's a good thing. Is that really the case, though, when regular route buses are already operating? As the CAT is a jointly-funded operation (...
by Merc1107
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8479
Views: 620447

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

You can't expect a country of almost 1.5 billion people to turn off with coal one day and wake up running on solar and hydro. It takes time. I don't expect it to change overnight, but then that wasn't quite what I was getting at. The question I raise is in terms of resources that go into making goo...
by Merc1107
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What gives you the S&#T's!?
Replies: 8479
Views: 620447

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

The emergence of the middle class means that more skilled labour is being undertaken, meaning a move away from lower skilled labour undertaken in factories. As the largest proportion of the population moves into this middle class, they will be working in more white collar jobs. This probably means ...
by Merc1107
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 17796

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

The present situation perhaps gives us a chance to consider how the CAT will operate (if at all) in the future. Given the large number of feeder and mainline services already operating in and out of Fremantle, which seem to over-service Wray Avenue and Hampton Road, could we see a Free Transit Zone ...
by Merc1107
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 373
Views: 41682

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

And as much as I would like to see double deckers (spent quite a few hours on them in Sydney back in February), the fact that Perth Busport was not built with deckers in mind shows that it's also not on the radar for the PTA. Plus, there would only be a few select routes that they could work on (su...
by Merc1107
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 373
Views: 41682

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

Prior to the B12s and the oddballs entering service, there were 58 high-floor artics (21 VöV-I O305Gs, 19 VöV-II O305Gs, 18 PR180.2s). After delivery of the next 30 artics (which, to me, comes as a surprise), the artic fleet will total 133 representing around 8% of the total fleet. Certainly intere...
by Merc1107
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Other States (NT & TAS)
Topic: TerritoryTransit Scania Artics
Replies: 49
Views: 18354

Re: TerritoryTransit Scania Artics

Darwin bus lover wrote: Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:58 am Bus 089R has entered service today, august the 8th 2020. On shift 2100
Thanks for the update. Has this resulted in another bus heading to Wagait Beach, or replaced something in Darwin?
by Merc1107
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 17796

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

FLOREAT 90 wrote: Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:41 pm You could also consider extending Route 512 from Beale Park to Coogee.
Absolutely, I imagine one day that's their ultimate goal with the 512 (or could it even end up traveling to Fremantle via Coogee?).
by Merc1107
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 17796

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Two years ago, residents in the City of Cockburn (around Coogee, specifically) took part in a survey to determine the need for a Sunday bus service down Cockburn Road during the Summer months in particular. Apparently, the conclusion was there is 'strong support' for an improved bus service into thi...
by Merc1107
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 373
Views: 41682

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

I understand 1271 was responsible for running the last ever 150F from Terrace Rd on Friday. Not sure which bus did the last 160F from Terrace Rd
by Merc1107
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: The Lunch Room
Topic: What makes you happy today?
Replies: 3080
Views: 375396

Re: What makes you happy today?

That's a magnificent looking vehicle, Big Engine Mechanic. How many kilometres has she done?

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