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by Rick R
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: State Transit / Transit Systems Ansair Orana Retirement
Replies: 202
Views: 74991

Re: State Transit / Transit Systems Ansair Orana Retirement

The Scania L113CRBs are starting to be withdrawn. 3 buses from Ryde withdrawn, 3462, 3472 and 3474. They're in worse shape than the last four Mercedes O4O5 '516 buses at Ryde?? Surely their days are numbered. 3530-3 were built in 1998. The equivalent bus by age in the STA fleet is Volvo B10BLE 3886...
by Rick R
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - July to December 2018
Replies: 514
Views: 138641

Re: STA Observations - July to December 2018

I imagine B-Line has been a victim of its own success and that this is a ploy to spread the load a bit. I gather Opal data has highlighted that B-Line is packed yet the Exx services are relatively under-utilised. Without any large marketing campaigns, the L90 developed a kind of cult following over...
by Rick R
Mon May 28, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Busways changes from 3rd June 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 3716

Re: Busways changes from 3rd June 2018

It's always sad to see the end of a Shopper Hopper :wink:
by Rick R
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New South Wales Train stations upgrade
Replies: 124
Views: 56462

Re: Sydney Trains stations upgrade

There are stockpiles of materials built up on the approaches to Kings Cross & Edgecliff Stations, I guess the ESR stations are about to loose their individual identities.
by Rick R
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: TV plates
Replies: 149
Views: 66316

Re: TV plates

Saw a Hire Car recently with an Uber sign in the back window. Having a bet both ways?
by Rick R
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations - January to June 2018
Replies: 709
Views: 154116

Re: NSW Railway Observations - January to June 2018

The Sunday Telegraph has a strong editorial today: Typical populist 'me me me' attitude. Our society is made up of everyone, not just you Mr Editor and online trolls. We pay enough taxes in this country with full fares only paying for 20% of the cost. Fare free day is nothing more than robbing Pete...
by Rick R
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - December 2017
Replies: 161
Views: 29841

Re: STA Observations - December 2017

There's a lot of over-simplification going on here. Just because some routes share parts of their paths doesn't mean that they are the same services and can be directly compared. ALL routes which operate along or cross the B1's path can be considered feeders services to it, but they also carry a lar...
by Rick R
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Bus Fleet Changes
Topic: Busways Fleet changes
Replies: 1214
Views: 216538

Re: Busways Fleet changes

Several others including 1258 & 1259 are at Custom Bus. The orange is an excellent idea considering the highway environment these buses operate in, no using the 'I didn't see the bus' argument with these ones.
by Rick R
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - October 2017
Replies: 104
Views: 29069

Re: STA Observations - October 2017

That's probably old hat now, all expenses rolled into the contract payments like everyone else.
by Rick R
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

This thread is about the Northern Beaches, can you please try to keep it on-topic? Start another thread if you want to compare the performance of the two governments.
by Rick R
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

A yellow framed waiting seat has appeared under the awning at the current bus stop at Collaroy Shops. Large yellow inverted L shaped brackets are appearing at locations including Neutral Bay Jn outbound. That former ALP government simply cut services to the bone in 2004-7 in terms of trains and buse...
by Rick R
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

2848 & 2851 delivered to F about 30 mins ago, via a stop at V.
by Rick R
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

There's no point diverting via the Newport Loop if the route doesn't stop at any of the stops.
by Rick R
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - September 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 26832

Re: STA Observations - September 2017

The 170's are additional services laid over the top of the current timetable, demand for travel between Wynyard and Manly was recognised so these services have been put on. They were introduced this year and as no paper TT's were printed for the Oct 2016 review, none have been printed. Although load...
by Rick R
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

Nice to see the focus on the big picture issues here :roll: :roll:
by Rick R
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

This morning there was a B-Line MAN decker parked in the Spit Reserve carpark surrounded by lots of people in suits. No rego plates or fleet numbers afixed.
by Rick R
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Photos - Sydney/NSW
Topic: MAN A95 / Gemilangs
Replies: 20
Views: 14561

Re: MAN A95 / Gemilangs

This morning there was one parked in the Spit Reserve carpark surrounded by lots of people in suits. No rego plates or fleet numbers afixed.
by Rick R
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - August 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 22295

Re: STA Observations - August 2017

Are you certain of that? Traditionally, the allnighter driver has always picked up a standard bus either at Big Bear or Watson St and operated the first half doing 247s or other local N routes. At around 2450, he does a 151 from QVB to Mona, arriving at around 2615, has a 30 minute crib, then takes...
by Rick R
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Observations - July 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 13320

Re: Private Observations - July 2017

I had a flick through it on the weekend, mainly at the pictures. A typicaly excelent piece of work from John Birchmeier, I strongly reccomend it to you all.
by Rick R
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

That would be route 17 with the small green dots for a peak only service. They must ave forgotten to add the word 'Manly', just like for routes 3, 15 & 16.
by Rick R
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 243257

Re: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beach

It's normally caused by traffic elsewhere in the city clogging up York & Margaret Sts. When traffic is quiet (lake the last three weeks) you can get a lot of buses coming in at the same time, which causes a bank up. Wynyard generally doesn't suffer the horriffic bus tailbacks onto the Bridge since t...
by Rick R
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: 2017 Train & Bus timetable changes
Replies: 714
Views: 176777

Re: 2017 Train & Bus timetable changes

That would depend on the scope of the train TT changes and how they will affect connections with the current bus TT's. If there is no or marginal change to connection times there is no need to link the implementation dates of the TT's, but if the train changes affect connections the implemantations ...
by Rick R
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - July 2017
Replies: 66
Views: 17219

Re: STA Observations - July 2017

Good pick up pgt, it's currently at V.
by Rick R
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations - July 2017
Replies: 66
Views: 17219

Re: STA Observations - July 2017

Stu wrote:4835 was recently transferred from Newcastle to Sydney, I thought that it went to Brookvale, however this bus is operating in service at Tempe today.
There has been some kind of mini-reshuffle with the returns from Novacastria, hopefully the dust will settle soon.
by Rick R
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Newcastle light rail, renewal & integrated transport
Replies: 1138
Views: 294845

Re: Newcastle light rail, renewal & integrated transport

The definition of 'Region' is obvious to most of us here, but to the punters calling something 'Newcastle Region' or 'Lake Macquarie Region' is something quite different. It would be the equivilent of having a 'Sydney Region' bus map and leaving regions 1 & 15 off. What if CDC put out an equivilent ...

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