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by Mr OC Benz
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore
Replies: 174
Views: 14226

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

Wow, these Northern Beaches bus changes have really culled the use of bendy buses in this region, for what was once bendy bus heartland. Unless that was the purpose of these changes. On a weekday during the peak hour, there’s now only a very small handful to be seen on a few X routes, and on the we...
by Mr OC Benz
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2021
Replies: 34
Views: 3988

Re: STA Observations 2021

On anytrip, I notice a couple of artics on 114. Is this new route to Balmoral getting very popular? Balmoral Beach gets pretty busy during summer. Bus services were chronically overcrowded at times, particularly given that the 245 and 257 were not always evenly spaced, so wait times could blow out ...
by Mr OC Benz
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7
Replies: 198
Views: 12773

Re: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7

https://transportnsw.info/news/2021/additional-bus-services-service-changes#homepage ...and Bondi Junction to City only during the peaks?!? This does not appear to be correct. The data in the trip planner shows trips from North Bondi and Bondi Beach through to Circular Quay and Martin Place in the ...
by Mr OC Benz
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: $90 million upgrade for Stirling bus bridge
Replies: 25
Views: 1962

Re: $90 million upgrade for Stirling bus bridge

Moderator note: Could we please refrain from taking this thread further off-topic? A number of recent posts made in this thread as well as in other threads do not contribute anything meaningful to the topics being discussed. Please consider whether your contributions are beneficial to the topic bei...
by Mr OC Benz
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7
Replies: 198
Views: 12773

Re: Jan 2021 bus changes - STA region 7

It really is quite disappointing to see such pointless routes the 515 and 518 have become and what the 517 will be. Similar to what's happened recently to the 177 between Dee Why and Warringah Mall for example, the routes are just too short and a waste of resources to run them. I’m not quite sure w...
by Mr OC Benz
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: From another thread off-topic
Replies: 20
Views: 1373

Re: From another thread off-topic

So while the combo design has drawbacks in terms of dwell time and ease of movement for mobility-impaired passengers, it is very clear they offer benefits when large numbers of passengers are travelling a greater distance. The Canberra combos, which have no centre door and a double-leaf rear door (...
by Mr OC Benz
Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 27094

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Route 448 was originally proposed to operate hourly but feedback from consultation resulted in weekday off-peak operating a 30 min frequency instead. Clearly the PTA have been waiting for sufficient time to see whether the 30 min freq could be justified or not. Clearly not.
by Mr OC Benz
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania/Custom Deliveries
Replies: 63
Views: 3516

Re: Scania/Custom Deliveries

This media release includes the reference to a minimum of 29 rigids (built locally by Precision Buses) and 5 artics being delivered per year. https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/medi ... ction-line
by Mr OC Benz
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 597
Views: 60701

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

Bridgetown would be under the purview of Trans Manjimup wouldn't it? It's planned to be a separate contract. Currently services are run by orange school buses as they recently transitioned to operating scheduled town services with bus stops installed and a public transport boundary established (for...
by Mr OC Benz
Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 597
Views: 60701

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

So Kalgoorlie NHs are due to retire too? All NH's are due for retirement. There's not many left at all now. Mainly just the regional ones. According to tender documents from a couple of months ago, 1204 and 1231 are earmarked for transfer from Kalgoorlie to Bridgetown for the commencement of a new ...
by Mr OC Benz
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: List of Perth Bus Routes by Contractor
Replies: 31
Views: 2729

Re: List of Perth Bus Routes by Contractor

Yes can we please keep this thread on topic. Any further off-topic posts in this thread in breach of board guidelines will be removed.
by Mr OC Benz
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: List of Perth Bus Routes by Contractor
Replies: 31
Views: 2729

Re: List of Perth Bus Routes by Contractor

522 and 583 are two others that no longer exist, but that's all I could find other than what's already been mentioned. Whilst researching for my timetable project, I noticed that Route 522 silently dropped off Bus Timetable 120 on 13/9/20. . There appears to have been no mention of this on the web ...
by Mr OC Benz
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 597
Views: 60701

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

Route 950 is contractually mandated to operate articulated buses on selected trips. As far as I'm aware, this currently extends to the majority of full length trips on weekdays. All other routes (and non-mandated artic 950 trips) that articulated buses appear on is up to the operator's discretion. T...
by Mr OC Benz
Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: List of Perth Bus Routes by Contractor
Replies: 31
Views: 2729

Re: List of Perth Bus Routes by Contractor

I doubt busdriver12 has the updated list that shows the current operator for Joondalup. Is that really a necessary contribution to this discussion? I have, however, compiled my own current list using one of busdriver12 's older versions of the route/contract index as a base, which can be viewed her...
by Mr OC Benz
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 597
Views: 60701

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

From the look of things, it would appear that Midis will no longer be in production. Even SR stopped accepting Midis after losing 3 of them in accidents. Standard length buses also took over CAT operations in Joondalup and Midland. That would purely be speculation. As Squiddy mentions, the current ...
by Mr OC Benz
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Bus Routes - What would you do if you were in charge?
Replies: 609
Views: 109077

Re: Bus Routes - What would you do if you were in charge?

With the project nearing completion in the second half of next year, I'd expect community consultation to begin on the proposed network very soon. There are already some elements of the network that are almost a given and have been published in small snippets across a range of planning documents (na...
by Mr OC Benz
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Full Low Floor vs. Low entrance buses
Replies: 20
Views: 3076

Re: Full Low Floor vs. Low entrance buses

Full low floor buses are mechanically more complicated then the commonly used (in Australia, at least) low entrance buses - they are also more expensive to purchase and maintain, with some of their expensive parts quite close to the ground. Full low floor buses would not be able to operate in some ...
by Mr OC Benz
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020
Replies: 597
Views: 60701

Re: PTA / Transperth & Private Observations - 2020

The B8RLEA is legally licensed, as per most other artics like the B12BLEA, to hold max 110 pax. Of course physically, they can hold more, but in terms of safe operation, that's the cap. And that 'safe' limit of 110 pax is determined not just by physical space itself but also by how it is calculated...
by Mr OC Benz
Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 27094

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

The Red CAT hasn't been permanently axed, only temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 situation, so it wouldn't make a lot of sense to spend money on re-branding if the service was to be reinstated in the near future. It could well come back depending on whether the factors that have justified it...
by Mr OC Benz
Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Timetable and Route Changes, 23/8/2020
Replies: 29
Views: 4789

Re: Timetable and Route Changes, 23/8/2020

Re: Route 194/194X: Service frequency increased to 30 mins during off peak, evenings and weekends Currently the 194 seems to operate every 15 min during the weekday off peak, and the new TT has a 30 min off peak frequency. That's NOT a service frequency increase for weekday off peak.[/img] The curr...
by Mr OC Benz
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021
Replies: 29
Views: 4471

Re: VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUSES IN AUSTRALIA DUE MID-2021

There's very limited turnaround time on the Joondalup CAT. In fact looking at the latest timetable, looks like they've increased the run time, so now there is basically only one minute between trips. No time for opportunity charging! Drivers/buses change over during the day even with diesel buses as...
by Mr OC Benz
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: [SMH] Public transport growth surges past NSW government....
Replies: 20
Views: 3498

Re: [SMH] Public transport growth surges past NSW government

The patronage claims for Region 6 has since been corrected. It was actually a 9.5 per cent increase... Correction: An earlier version of this story said that trips on inner west bus routes more than doubled last year. Those figures were only for trips taken after the privatisation of Bus Contract 6 ...
by Mr OC Benz
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 27094

Re: PTA / Transperth Service Changes - 2020

Wanneroo Road and Mirrabooka bus changes commence from 8 March 2020. Northern Suburbs Service Changes Sun 08 Mar From Sunday 8 March 2020, there will be changes to services in the northern suburbs, including those running along Wanneroo Rd and services in the Mirrabooka area. These changes include s...
by Mr OC Benz
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions
Replies: 133
Views: 70315

Re: WA Transport General Discussion & Questions

Yes just to clarify with 1440, it was originally delivered with the half-Perspex screen (back when the cages were not quite mandatory on everything yet). It then trialled a full Perspex screen which I might have photos of... Following the trial it was removed and I can’t remember whether it ended up...
by Mr OC Benz
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Perth / WA
Topic: Transport In Review 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 6183

Re: Transport In Review 2019

PaxInfo wrote:Another thing that appeared to have happened in late 2019 was that the metropolitan pdf network maps (the ones with 10 sheets) were removed from the Transperth website.
Network maps are still available here.

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