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by Dennis Dart
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ventura Group News 2019
Replies: 46
Views: 28339

Re: Ventura Group News 2019

And just increase the complexity of running their businesses immeasurably when the old systems worked just fine. The latest Road Runner magazine from Ventura mentions that Lilydale's allocation of buses has been reduced from 92 to 46. Clearly in terms of dead running, the former allocation of route...
by Dennis Dart
Thu May 24, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne News 2018
Replies: 126
Views: 69984

Re: Transdev Melbourne News 2018

From the Manningham Leader 21 May 2018 Bus driver morale ‘very low’ Transdev employee slams commitment Andrew Rogers A TRANSDEV bus driver says the operator’s ongoing commitment to provide rail replacement services is leading to cranky customers and stressed out drivers. Transdev insists it has enou...
by Dennis Dart
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Doncaster Busway Proposal
Replies: 22
Views: 11387

Re: Transdev Doncaster Busway Proposal

One benefit of this rejection is that Transdev won't be locked into an extension of its contract which was probably the main reason they put forward this proposal. Regards, Dennis http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/red-light-for-transdevs-rapid-busway-between-doncaster-and-cbd-20170929-gyrds6.html Re...
by Dennis Dart
Mon May 08, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ownership of Melbourne Bus fleets
Replies: 8
Views: 3625

Re: Ownership of Melbourne Bus fleets

Buses operated by the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise (i.e. Transdev) are owned by the state. Actually the buses are owned by Transdev. Section 3.8 of the Expression of Interest states Fleet • Buses will be transferred from the Current Operators to the Franchisee at the beginning of the Franch...
by Dennis Dart
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations July - December 2016
Replies: 88
Views: 21377

Re: Metro bustitution, inadequate provision

To clarify, the closures up to the end of August will total 66 days - 37 days for the main closure plus 11 shorter periods totaling 29 days.

Details can be seen at:
http://www.danielbowen.com/2016/08/12/not-just-37-days/

Regards,

Dennis
by Dennis Dart
Sat May 14, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ansett female driver in 1939
Replies: 1
Views: 1577

Re: Ansett female driver in 1939

The history of Ansett's Hamilton operation is detailed in The People Movers by John Maddox. The Company employed four women drivers during the war years. They drove the smaller vehicles in the fleet.

Regards,

Dennis
by Dennis Dart
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news January - June 2016
Replies: 164
Views: 41288

Re: Transdev Melbourne news January - June 2016

Transdev #542 has joined the ever-growing list of trucks/buses to hit the Montgue Street Bridge. This is the 7th occurrence in just the last month and a half to hit the bridge Photos from The Age http://i1279.photobucket.com/albums/y535/Dennis_Dart1/transdev542_zpsvu3ytegl.jpg http://i1279.photobuc...
by Dennis Dart
Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Secret Proposal Leaked To Construct Elevated Rail Line!!!
Replies: 143
Views: 67162

Re: Secret Proposal Leaked To Construct Elevated Rail Line!!

Well, it's now (pretty much) official: $1.6 billion elevated rail project to replace level crossings on Dandenong line The elevated railway line will also free up an extra 225 square kilometres - equivalent to 11 MCGs - of public open space. The reference to an extra 225 square kilometres was remov...
by Dennis Dart
Sat May 30, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ventura donation: shower for homeless
Replies: 4
Views: 1406

Re: Ventura donation: shower for homeless

Wouldn't it be better to build proper amenities blocks in these places? A bus is going to have limited facilities on board - water, heating, drainage come to mind as isssues. One Voice has a web page with further details about the service see http://onevoice.org.au/mobile-shower-service/ The bus co...
by Dennis Dart
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: busways ready for singapore
Replies: 26
Views: 5942

Re: busways ready for singapore

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/8-firms-shortlist-bus-contract-4998303.html Eight bidders have been shortlisted for an inaugural government bus contract, according to information on the Land Transport Authority (LTA) website. The companies are bidding for the right to opera...
by Dennis Dart
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news January - July 2015
Replies: 200
Views: 31967

Re: Transdev Melbourne news January - June 2015

The Transdev contract would have specified the numbers of new buses to be purchased each year The Franchise Agreement is on line at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/assets/PTV/PTV%20docs/Partnership-Agreements-New/Transdev-Melbourne-Franchise-Agreement.pdf . Section 14.1 on page 59 of the Agreement refers to ...
by Dennis Dart
Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: CCTV in public transport vehicles
Replies: 8
Views: 1956

Re: CCTV in public transport vehicles

You will find that CCTV is common, if not compulsory, on all route service buses. In Sydney, at least, it has helped identify suspects in on board incidents, and close by external events. There was an incident at Dandenong in December 2014 where CCTV footage caught two passengers attacking a driver...
by Dennis Dart
Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Former South Melbourne Tram Depot Artwork
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Re: Former South Melbourne Tram Depot Artwork

Croc wrote: Can anyone tell me anything about the picture or refer me to any posts about it on the web?

Thanks,

C
http://tdu.to/4567.msg?sid=180855&p=4

http://tdu.to/4571.msg?sid=180855&p=4

http://tdu.to/4575.msg?sid=180855&p=4

http://tdu.to/4615.msg?sid=180855&p=4

Regards,

Dennis
by Dennis Dart
Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: 2014 State Election Transport Promises
Replies: 86
Views: 15849

Re: 2014 State Election Transport Promises

Simonl the bcr leaked to the media and commented on by the new government was an early draft which did not include the later promised commonwealth funding. Sources of funding are a separate issue to the costs and benefits quantified in the development of a business case. The proposed commonwealth f...
by Dennis Dart
Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Greenfield changes
Replies: 133
Views: 23962

Re: Transdev Greenfield changes

Melbourne was promised a first class bus network that would be the envy of anywhere in the world. When did this promise happen? PTV's announcement in August 1912 of the five shortlisted operators for the bus franchise refers to the international transport market. http://ptv.vic.gov.au/about-ptv/med...
by Dennis Dart
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: Melbourne-Brighton Bus Lines
Replies: 14
Views: 6206

Re: Melbourne-Brighton Bus Lines

Aha I knew I'd traveled on "one" of their Panthers Or this one (91) if they only had one??? MMBL had four Panthers, nos 89 - 92. Two were re-configured with additional seating and were then mainly used for charter work. MMBL retained the higher floor level like their earlier Leopards as illustrated...
by Dennis Dart
Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: Melbourne-Brighton Bus Lines
Replies: 14
Views: 6206

Re: Melbourne-Brighton Bus Lines

I can remember reading in the records about No 88 being fully auto to begin with, but I can't actually remember what it was like. I know that the AEC MKVI buses for the MMTB were fully auto to begin with and were later modified to semi auto. They seemed to have the same CAV pneumoelectric (monocont...
by Dennis Dart
Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: Melbourne-Brighton Bus Lines
Replies: 14
Views: 6206

Melbourne-Brighton Bus Lines

MMBL was formed in 1954 to operate two routes from Swanston Street to Gardenvale and to Middle Brighton. Both of these routes had previously been multiple-owner operations. In 1958, MMBL took over the St. Kilda-Middle Brighton service from St. Kilda-Brighton Bus Lines, a subsidiary of Eastern Suburn...
by Dennis Dart
Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Melbourne Rail Link - worst idea ever?
Replies: 37
Views: 6735

Re: Melbourne Rail Link - worst idea ever?

If you look back through earlier postings on the Melbourne Rail Link, the following quote appeared in The Age. The State Government prepared no thorough business case before committing to a revamped route for Melbourne's city rail tunnel, instead relying on "common sense". It looks like "common sens...
by Dennis Dart
Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014
Replies: 283
Views: 42711

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014

The story of Veolia and Transdev is a complex one, from an ownership point of view. My understanding is that Transdev's parent company, Veolia Transdev is currently 50% owned by the French Government, and 50% owned by a large French banking alliance. Hence, all revenues and profits earned by Transd...
by Dennis Dart
Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014
Replies: 283
Views: 42711

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014

In that respect what is the fare arrangement in Melbourne? In Sydney now all fares go to the Government who then pays the operator for operating the service. In such circumstances fare evasion would have less impact on the operator. Same in Melbourne. There may be some factoring in of relative fare...
by Dennis Dart
Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014
Replies: 283
Views: 42711

Re: Transdev Melbourne news July - December 2014

A Channel 7 report of the same incident can be seen at
https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/2536808 ... ay/?cmp=fb.

The report includes a computer simulation of the runaway bus as it crossed the Maroondah Highway.

Regards,

Dennis
by Dennis Dart
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: "SuitJet" - New Private Melbourne Bus Service for Toffs
Replies: 40
Views: 7645

Re: "SuitJet" - New Private Melbourne Bus Service for Toffs

From the Diamond Valley Leader 15 October A NEW bus service marketed as an “express businessclass commuter experience” will be available in Eltham from October 20. SuitJet aims to revolutionise commuting by offering customers a serene and productive trip to work as a luxury alternative to traditiona...
by Dennis Dart
Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: may be a return of the 303 bus
Replies: 12
Views: 2669

Re: may be a return of the 303 bus

Route 303 timetables are now on-line at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/8396

There are four AM and PM trips, the same as the previous timetable. Presumably Transdev will be acquiring additional vehicles, particularly as some MkIIs have being scrapped.

Regards,

Dennis
by Dennis Dart
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: may be a return of the 303 bus
Replies: 12
Views: 2669

Re: may be a return of the 303 bus

Should have a look at the media release from the government, Ventura rates a mention The media release has since been edited, and there is now no mention of Ventura. As I understand it, it was Transdev who apparently did the public consultation Have a look at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/cent...

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