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by goroundandround
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: News Article: Patronage at Lowest in Six Years
Replies: 24
Views: 15500

Re: News Article: Patronage at Lowest in Six Years

The operating costs covered by fares is a ridiculously small value at about 5%. That's a bit low, it's at least 15% (depending on what you include in the PTA costs), at about $210k That said, it also costs money to collect that money, with lots of ticket inspectors and equipment as well as the time...
by goroundandround
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Sep/Oct 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 29039

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Sep/Oct 2017

Saw a very lost CAT bus yesterday. 2680 (I'm fairly sure) was on Welshpool Rd, heading up the hill past Lesmurdie!

It was being driven by someone in hi-vis overalls, so presumably this was a diagnostic run rather than a wrong turn at St. Georges Tce.
by goroundandround
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Sep/Oct 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 29039

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Sep/Oct 2017

2721 has died and gone to Heaven. Well, transferred to Kalamunda, which is the next best thing...
by goroundandround
Tue May 30, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Limited stops bus routes in Perth
Replies: 26
Views: 11238

Re: Limited stops bus routes in Perth

Commuters at Kalamunda Bus Station routinely watch a 283 and a 296 leave empty while waiting 5-10 minutes for the limited-stops 295. And, generally, they get to the city sooner.
by goroundandround
Thu May 25, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Limited stops bus routes in Perth
Replies: 26
Views: 11238

Re: Limited stops bus routes in Perth

The 295 to/from Kalamunda replaced the 799 which ran without stops between the Tonkin Hwy bridge and the Transfer Station. It had stops added along the way because of middling patronage and the perceived frustration of passengers watching a half-empty bus bypassing them. This change was a pain at th...
by goroundandround
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Mill St exit layout at Esplanade Busport
Replies: 11
Views: 4933

Re: Mill St exit layout at Esplanade Busport

With this change, does that mean that they have potentially reduced one to two phases of the traffic lights cycle? Do the road dimensions actually allow for buses turning to/from Mill St to be in the same phase? Could be just the perception, but it doesn't look like there's enough room for buses tu...
by goroundandround
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Mill St exit layout at Esplanade Busport
Replies: 11
Views: 4933

Re: Mill St exit layout at Esplanade Busport

The previous arrangement used to work fine _if_ everyone did the right thing (Mill St buses kept left, everyone stopped to allow Mill St entries to get it, etc.) There's not really any way to avoid that cross-over point (short of traffic lights, maybe) as any bus going to any other exit (or just to ...
by goroundandround
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions - 2017
Replies: 66
Views: 41763

Re: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions - 2017

did you think PTa should use saturday timetable on that two days or at least have more additonal service (100 extend to cannington). I know there's a bit of chicken-and-egg with restricted timetables and patronage, but I've almost never driven a crowded bus on a Sunday or a public holiday. In summe...
by goroundandround
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Perth Causeway citybound exit for buses
Replies: 26
Views: 17077

Re: Perth Causeway citybound exit for buses

I don't remember the names, but one of the old timer drivers was telling me about the history and politics of the VPTS placement. Emphasis on the politics. It really can't be any further east, as buses need to go from there to Great Eastern and Canning Highways and using the turn onto Albany Hwy tha...
by goroundandround
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Forrestfield-Airport Link Project
Replies: 59
Views: 43020

Re: Forrestfield-Airport Link Project

I do hope they put up a bigger sign warning cars to turn onto Dunreath from Fauntleroy, otherwise the bus+Uber lane's going to get disrupted by private vehicles loading and unloading.

Edit: They have!
by goroundandround
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Transperth Service Changes - 2016
Replies: 298
Views: 70498

Re: Transperth Service Changes - 2016

With high frequency services using Mill St to enter the EQBS, the taxis that routinely double-park and park right at the corner to the Tce are going to have to change their ways! They're a problem now, but only for buses running empty at the moment (935s finishing at Westralia Sq, etc.); in-service ...
by goroundandround
Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Jul/Aug 2016
Replies: 154
Views: 23774

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Jul/Aug 2016

That happened back in 2010 along Welshpool Rd in Wattle Grove Incorrect. Please check your facts before posting. Personally, I have had enough of the speculation and provision of incorrect information on here. It was 2010 (6MAY), but it was at the corner of Crystal Brook and Kelvin Roads, not Welsh...
by goroundandround
Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Perth city link project
Replies: 206
Views: 77589

Re: Perth city link project

I had to smile when I heard an announcement on Monday night that buses using the new Busport should go to the stands marked on their running sheets rather than waiting for stand allocation.

Seems the new system _almost_ made it through the first weekday...
by goroundandround
Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Armadale Line shutdowns
Replies: 45
Views: 13297

Re: 9 day shutdown to occur in july

A couple of observations from the week: I've been in and out of Cannington Station every night and I reckon I've seen a greater variety of bus models than you'd find in most transport museums! Must've been a bit of a shock for passengers to see a bus older than them (or, indeed, their parents) turn ...
by goroundandround
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions - 2016
Replies: 161
Views: 40328

Re: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions - 2016

Shoudy Chen wrote:But I have seen a few buses nowadays with 'Special 000' destos appearing.
Yeah, there's a few drivers for whom the designation "Special" is entirely appropriate... :roll:
by goroundandround
Tue May 03, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - May/Jun 2016
Replies: 117
Views: 22337

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - May/Jun 2016

I saw 2380 (Airport T1/T2 livery) doing a 40 today, followed 20 minutes later by 2347 (ordinary livery) doing a 380. A change-off at some point, probably. I saw 2380 back to its accustomed 380 a couple of hours later. Same story today, so it must be a scheduling decision rather than an emergency fix.
by goroundandround
Mon May 02, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - May/Jun 2016
Replies: 117
Views: 22337

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - May/Jun 2016

I saw 2380 (Airport T1/T2 livery) doing a 40 today, followed 20 minutes later by 2347 (ordinary livery) doing a 380.
A change-off at some point, probably.

I saw 2380 back to its accustomed 380 a couple of hours later.
by goroundandround
Sun May 01, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions - 2016
Replies: 161
Views: 40328

Re: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions - 2016

Seemed like an obvious facility with the new ETIMs having data communications (except when they don't, which is often enough to be a concern...) and an NFC reader.

I guess the compromise position is allowing SmartRider purchase and top-up via PayPass or similar in the bus.
by goroundandround
Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Mar/Apr 2016
Replies: 117
Views: 24312

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - Mar/Apr 2016

Merc & Renault Bus_1 wrote:2398 & 2399 are registered, which now completes the 23xx series
Both at Welshpool.
by goroundandround
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Perth CBD and surrounds: Public Transport Discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 15272

Re: Perth CBD and surrounds: Public Transport Discussion

All drivers I've spoken to are very happy NOT to be travelling between Betty Jetty and The Dungeon (Elizabeth Quay and the underground Wellington St) and experiencing the highly variable delays that it entails. Terminating the commuting-period buses that used to extend to WSBS on Row A, near the 950...
by goroundandround
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Who Remembers?-Renault's Driven With A Open Doors
Replies: 16
Views: 3636

Re: Who Remembers?-Renault's Driven With A Open Doors

The rules for drivers used to have a longish list of conditions for driving with the front door open, then it got simplified to, basically, "Don't!" It's still allowed when the bus isn't in service and has no passengers.
by goroundandround
Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Transperth Service Changes - 2016
Replies: 298
Views: 70498

Re: Transperth service changes - 2016

Wishful thinking - I would introduce a new CAT to purely run between EQBS and WSUBS. Trouble is that passengers just don't like transferring between services. The first time the 30, 31 and 34 services were stopped at Esplanade (while the temporary WSBS was being built), patronage dropped and never ...
by goroundandround
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA Transperth Observations - December 2015
Replies: 78
Views: 17895

Re: PTA Transperth Observations - December 2015

Shoudy Chen wrote:Yesterday saw 2481 with no display running from Manning Rd. I presume it must be Not In Service atm.
Sounds like the driver entered the wrong code (probably "000") causing the blank display used by engineering instead of the code for "000 Not in Service"

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