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by Linto63
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: 25/10/2020 Bus service changes - Inner West
Replies: 96
Views: 7299

Re: 25/10/2020 Bus service changes - Inner West

Why do so many buses still travel into the CBD proper beyond Railway Square/Belmore Park? It just astounds me why they feel the need to have bus services run into the congested CBD core, when changing to a train or light rail is quicker (in most cases) It's hardly a proper interchange with a fair w...
by Linto63
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 64223

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Most likely by operating another Penrith to Penrith service via the Olympic loop, although there are other ways such as operating via the City Circle or different arms of the Lidcombe or Granville triangles.
by Linto63
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening
Replies: 241
Views: 29597

Re: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening

We're talking here about the history in NSW. What parties of the right and left did in other jurisdictions is irrelevant to this topic. The point is that by abolishing its trams, NSW did the same thing as all other Australian cities bar Melbourne in that era. In the meantime, they tenanciously foug...
by Linto63
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening
Replies: 241
Views: 29597

Re: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening

The Inner West Light Rail extensions from Wentworth Park to Lilyfield and Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill both commenced under Labor administrations, although the government had changed by the time the latter opened.
by Linto63
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening
Replies: 241
Views: 29597

Re: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening

The landscape in the 1950s was that with the advent of the car, public transport had gone from being a break-even or even profitable business to one that was requiring ever increasing subsidies so righty government was looking at how it could cut costs. We can all look at the world through parochial...
by Linto63
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening
Replies: 241
Views: 29597

Re: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening

The legacy tram network would probably have gone regardless of who was in power, not as if NSW bucked the trend, many cities around the world did away with their trams at the same time. And we are talking about a decision made 70 years ago, long before any of today's decision makers were even born. ...
by Linto63
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening
Replies: 241
Views: 29597

Re: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening

A predictable non-event, didn't tell us anything we didn't already know, and the government will proceed as planned.
by Linto63
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4442
Views: 756077

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

There's also often no need to transfer once you reach any point in the CBD, people just walk. The improvement of the surface pedestrian environment will make that an even better experience. While many people's journey concludes in the CBD, there are plenty that merely pass through it on the way fro...
by Linto63
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4442
Views: 756077

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

Victoria Cross station will not be linked to North Sydney station. The two North Sydney stations are several hundred metres apart, so an underground link is not really needed, although during daylight hours they will largely be connected via the underground Greenwood Plaza. However, I don't think i...
by Linto63
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore
Replies: 60
Views: 3594

Re: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

Either way, clearly TSA clearly doesn't feel artics are best suited to region 6, being laid up in numbers during the peak bears testament to that. Not as if they have been parked up in favour of newer buses either, as much older Scania L113s, Mercedes O405NHs and Volvo B12BLEs are frequently used on...
by Linto63
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore
Replies: 60
Views: 3594

Re: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

Seeing the conversation regarding Transit System's artics is way off topic suggest it be continued at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=85735. Can an admin please copy the relevant posts?
by Linto63
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Double Deckers vs Bendies vs Rigids
Replies: 15
Views: 5652

Re: Double Deckers vs Bendies vs Rigids

Continuing from https://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1069231#p1069231 DId they want them or were they forced on them? The fleet was prescribed, bidders didn't get to cherry pick which buses they wanted. I remember a discussion here some time back that operators had to have prior writte...
by Linto63
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore
Replies: 60
Views: 3594

Re: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

It’s no secret TSA hates their artics and wants to get rid of them - this is the perfect opportunity! Noticed last weekend with large crowds predicted at beaches, State Transit was doing the right thing by rostering artics on its services that served beaches, but Transit Systems persisted with its ...
by Linto63
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed
Replies: 494
Views: 121163

Re: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed

"Downer said the company had investigated", would suggest it did more than just accept "CRRC denied".
by Linto63
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed
Replies: 494
Views: 121163

Re: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed

tonyp wrote: One Chinese company investigates another. Good one.
Except Downer isn't a Chinese company, but an Australian company listed on the ASX with none of its substantial shareholders bring Chinese either.
by Linto63
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed
Replies: 494
Views: 121163

Re: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed

When mentioning Queensland, I wasn't just thinking of Bustech, Volgren too, which had a facility in NSW but it was let go for lack of orders. Do Volgren still have a Queensland facility, saw some vehicles being completed for Brisbane Transportat the Dandenong factory a few years ago? IIRC, the NSW ...
by Linto63
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed
Replies: 494
Views: 121163

Re: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed

The current policy seems to be total abandonment of local sourcing. It perplexes me for example that they're so willing to buy large numbers of buses from Queensland, probably more than Queensland buys itself! No, the contracts to build buses are let via a competitive tendering system, with Bustech...
by Linto63
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed
Replies: 494
Views: 121163

Re: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed

Wait till the media works out that John Holland is a China-owned company. I'm sure the major outlets are well aware of it, having reported its sale back in 2015 and its various contract wins since. Is seemingly getting some press because some knuckle-draggers at Sky News have cottoned on as part of...
by Linto63
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 134
Views: 8738

Re: WS Airport Metro

Looking at some CityRail timetables from 2012, the T1 between Blacktown and Penrith, T8 between Revesby and Macarthur and T9 between Strathfield and Epping all had 30 minute frequencies (at least partially) during the weekday off-peak.
by Linto63
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Bus Fleet Changes
Topic: Murrays fleet and services notes:
Replies: 181
Views: 75993

Re: Murrays fleet and services notes:

Noticed a number of unregistered Murrays coaches parked up at the John Holland depot adjacent to the North-West Transitway in Seven Hills, Sydney. Can even be seen on Google maps. https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-33.7703967,150.9593307,3a,15y,256.57h,85.88t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1stncYRpPzsOMDEE00SIyk1Q...
by Linto63
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 64223

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

I understand that Fire & Rescue NSW has obtained a couple of "carriages" for use at their new Training Academy at Orchard Hills. I wonder what they will get? V set power cars probably, there are a couple of DCMs at Maintrain that have been used as parts sources and I believe 2 power cars from the A...
by Linto63
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 134
Views: 8738

Re: WS Airport Metro

tonyp wrote: It's almost exactly like the Perth system, a rapid transit system - high average speed, with high frequency and an all-stopping pattern.
Perth is hardly high frequency, 10 minutes peak and 30 minute off-peak frequency on some lines, and multiple stopping patterns with stations skipped.
by Linto63
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 43
Views: 8445

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

Notably even though the Bustech XDI became the chassis of choice for the Calabro's Sunbus and Surfside operations, it wasn't for their Busabout operation that continued purchasing Bustech bodied Mercedes and Volvos. Presumably Bustech chassis made it onto the TfNSW approved list as Busways have 3 on...
by Linto63
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Electric Bus Plan
Replies: 43
Views: 8445

Re: NSW Electric Bus Plan

This government likes to do things on the cheep when it comes to price so if European electric buses are cheep then they will get electric buses from Europe Yup, all those heavy-duty chassis from MAN, Mercedes, Scania and Volvo that they keep on buying must be cheap. More mindless dribble, does any...

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