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by grog
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Station Link Observations
Replies: 326
Views: 104207

Re: Station Link Observations

A couple of spot checks for traffic on Google Maps this morning seemed to show things going ok. Good idea to start during school holidays to allow 2 weeks of lighter traffic for things to bed down.
by grog
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Station Link Observations
Replies: 326
Views: 104207

Re: Station Link Observations

I think the government and ch7 have fallen out lately, there was a shift a few months back from puffy PR pieces to a critical tone on transport issues. Ch9 seems to be more positive these days.
by grog
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: M7 bus lanes
Replies: 42
Views: 9895

Re: M7 bus lanes

You get better throughput at 100km/h than 110km/h. It also reduces the disparity between heavy and light vehicles.
by grog
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 860862

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Recent commentary in the media suggested that the CBD moved to 90 second light cycles in Jan, and the report mentions that many of the intersections will run on a double cycle, bringing this down to 45 seconds. This is a good start, but doesn’t apply to enough intersections (none of the major ones) ...
by grog
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 860862

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Thanks for the heads up. The report is located here: https://sydneylightrailactiongroup.file ... eleted.pdf
by grog
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 860862

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

The mentioned travel times were still 34 minutes for the Randwick branch and 38 for Kingsford - not particularly quick I would think? On the early BCR, the NWRL had a BCR of 0.9, and if this was really 0.8 it just goes to show that in the early days of any new government we will come to expect that ...
by grog
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Bondi corridor study
Replies: 109
Views: 24796

Re: Bondi corridor study

Absolutely, but thinking about the political impact of removing parking on Bondi Rd on the weekends vs putting a surcharge on ‘visitors’ to reduce car traffic, a surcharge seems like a more politically possible second best option.
by grog
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Bondi corridor study
Replies: 109
Views: 24796

Re: Bondi corridor study

In this corridor, I see there being 2 main issues to solve: 1. Peak travel 2. Summer beach travel For the first, there aren't many options to reduce the demand from cars in the area (you'll see what this means in a second) so road space reallocation is probably the best bet. Even a T2 or T3 lane wou...
by grog
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Inner West Light Rail observations
Replies: 1056
Views: 244911

Re: Inner West Light Rail observations

Per the leaked document that forms part of the SMH article - not under the current contract, and we all know how much private operators love variations https://www.scribd.com/document/386931640/Capacity-Constraint-Strategies?clicksource=inartcilelink The interesting thing is that they don’t seem to...
by grog
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 772000

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

I guess it depends what this means: Double the number of express services operating to and from the Sydney CBD via Strathfield during peak times, with an express train every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. Customers will still have the option to catch direct trains to and from Sydney CBD via...
by grog
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 772000

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

I’m pretty sure they are unrelated. My reading of the situation (no inside knowledge) is that the ongoing IT problems have been with corporate IT systems based on SAP, used for planning and the like. The weekend problem was an issue with an operational system, and operational systems are completely ...
by grog
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 772000

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

I mean... it was even in the official brochure when StationLink was announced!
by grog
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: 2017 Train & Bus timetable changes
Replies: 714
Views: 171161

Re: 2017 Train & Bus timetable changes

It does seem odd though that the all stations Epping starters skip Burwood and the semi-express services from Hornsby, including CCN Intercity, will stop there instead. Surely it would be better to have a single operating pattern on both the Main and Suburban tracks from Strathfield to Central, alt...
by grog
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5562
Views: 860862

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

TfNSW did not learn a lesson from the graffiti incident involving a metro train in storage at Rouse Hill last year. It isn’t a TfNSW problem - keeping the fleet graffiti free is one of the key KPIs for the PPP, so they have an incentive to get it right. They are probably only penalised if a tram ca...
by grog
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Northern Beaches BRT: B-Line to transform Northern Beaches
Replies: 941
Views: 236825

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

I’m not as sure about that with the tolls they are charging on all of these new roads, and the 4% annual escalation rate... surely there is a breaking point where the tolls act as a defacto congestion charge.
by grog
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Beaches Link/WHT: Warringah Fwy Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 4718

Re: Beaches Link/WHT: Warringah Fwy Upgrade

Looking closer at the Falcon St interchange, are we getting a ‘Diverging Diamond’ such as shown here? The bus lane is what seems to give it away. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diverging_diamond_interchange https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Diverging_diamond_redone.svg/1280p...
by grog
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Beaches Link/WHT: Warringah Fwy Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 4718

Re: Beaches Link/WHT: Warringah Fwy Upgrade

The Beaches Link update mentioned (on page 5): Direct access to North Sydney for interchange with the new Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains Looking at the proposal in the WHT document, I’m trying to figure out where that would take place. Would southbound buses merge into general traffic and exit at Al...
by grog
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Beaches Link/WHT: Warringah Fwy Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 4718

Re: Beaches Link/WHT: Warringah Fwy Upgrade

Keep raising the tolls until it flows... all of the recent contracts having a minimum 4% toll increase rate for the first 20 years should go part of the way to ensuring that!
by grog
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: S Set Retirement
Replies: 95
Views: 24268

Re: S Set Retirement

The B set contract allows an option of an additional 48 sets - I’m sure there will be a lot of fleet planning going on in the lead up to those option dates.
by grog
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 772000

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

I’d also hope that they can implement selective door opening in case of failure, i.e. the PSD and train door could be programmed to not open in case of gap filler failure to prevent the whole stop needing to be skipped.
by grog
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Privatisation / Franchising
Replies: 1398
Views: 324371

Re: STA Privatisation / Franchising

That is an interesting one - it is listed as Canada Bay to Mascot/Rosebery. Presumably picking people up in either zone, then ducking into Westconnex, and dropping off at the other end. That would make most sense post-Westconnex stage 3. How long is the contract?
by grog
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Privatisation / Franchising
Replies: 1398
Views: 324371

Re: STA Privatisation / Franchising

This is to do the the routes that they replace - I wouldn’t mind betting that they end up operating on pretty much a fixed route with variable frequency.
by grog
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4466
Views: 772000

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

I’m guessing that is bad reporting. It doesn’t say that but is worded in a way that implies it.
by grog
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: B2 bus route coming? Homebush to Central.
Replies: 16
Views: 4946

Re: B2 bus route coming? Homebush to Central.

I assume this is artistic license.
by grog
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: TFNSW Cadet/Scholar/Grad
Replies: 19
Views: 5302

Re: TFNSW Cadet/Scholar/Grad

No, it is completely uncalled for to make a comment like "Educated people are some of the dumbest."

Anti-elitist bulls*t.

How's that medicine you take when you get sick? And the bridges and tunnels you travel on without collapsing?

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