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SA lockdown

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Read somewhere that Sydney has gone to a Sunday timetable during their lockdown. Why doesn't Adelaide do the same as running near empty buses cannot make any sense.
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It's not really as simple as just running a Sunday timetable. It's a major disruption to the workforce and is problematic when drivers are guaranteed a specific number of hours each week; there are headaches surrounding rostering, how to share the limited work and so on. These issues SHOULD have been resolved in the national 'lockdown' last year but perhaps haven't.

For a snap lockdown it's a lot of work to make the alterations. In a prolonged lockdown, yes, it should happen.
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Near empty buses is exactly what you want in a lockdown. Social distancing.
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In Adelaide Sunday timetables kick in not long before 8am on most routes. Not much good for the people who are still going to work, like the essential workers. Sydney’s Sunday timetables are far more comprehensive than Adelaide’s. I did one early route this morning that had 6 people on, all staff who got off at QEH. You’d need to run a modified weekday timetable (like between Christmas and New Year) not a Sunday one.
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All City Connector runs and After Midnight services have been cancelled already, as was the case on the last lockdown.
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It seems strange that we have mostly empty buses and trams running to full timetables with few if any passengers.
Iwould have thought that maybe a Saturday timetable with a few weekday routes added would be suffice?
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That may seem simple, but in reality is difficult to implement at short notice. It took Sydney 4 weeks to move to a Sunday timetable and even then there are adjustments having to be made to service industrial areas that don't have a weekend service etc. It's not impossible but perhaps not worth it for a week. Anecdotally, some of the busier services seem to be those before weekend timetables would kick in, and most schools are technically still open. Lots of school services link onto regular weekday timetabled trips, or frequencies drop right off past schools on weekend frequencies.
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2MSJ wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:27 am..not impossible but perhaps not worth it for a week
It'll be more than one week I reckon.
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