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News / Re: ACT Government money to support SSM Yes campaign
« Last post by Bus 400 on Today at 05:15:36 PM »
Besides the fact a yes vote directly works in favor of atleast 2 ACT Labour Ministers. I'd prefer to see a ban on ads from both sides.

But as people are passionate about their views, whats to stop seeing buses in service sprayed over with graffiti?

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News / Re: ACT Government money to support SSM Yes campaign
« Last post by triumph on Today at 04:11:38 PM »
It is not only ssm.

There are buses with a political advert from a group opposed to live animal exports. I complained about this on the basis that accepting such adverts for the Government's bus fleet implied endorsement of the sentiment expressed in the advert, and asked if the Government was officially opposed to live exports? The reply, in effect, was that it was a 3rd party ad which met standards for accepting an ad. Not said was the inference that withdrawing the ad might create a counter-productive response from the proponents and therefore best not rock the boat.

My view is that the only controversial ads by the Government should be for matters endorsed by the Assembly. Straight out political ads should not be accepted (including the live animal export issue), and if, perchance, are, then should be paid for at the ordinary rates applicable by the parties concerned and not from the public purse.

That said, I express no opinion here on SSM.
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News / ACT Government money to support SSM Yes campaign
« Last post by Barry Drive on Today at 02:45:14 PM »
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-17/same-sex-marriage-canberra-andrew-barr/8816478?pfmredir=sm

"Mr Barr said he wanted buses and flagpoles in Canberra to be turned into symbols of support for same-sex marriage."

My only objection to this is the question of political advertising on buses. Sure, it won't be party-political, since it originates from the Legislative Assembly, but even so is this setting a dangerous precedent?

Discuss.

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Fleet / Re: Alternative / Electric bus trial
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on August 14, 2017, 09:03:04 PM »
A little more background here, though much of it is now reflected in the fleetwiki. It seems there have only ever been at most 2 Volvo hybrids with a Bustech Body
http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=84838
http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=79659

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Canberra Region / Re: Bus 621
« Last post by Busnerd on August 14, 2017, 07:50:07 AM »
Ok, once again I want a roof shot. Whoever gets me one first will win a cookie.


Looking from the inside the other day, I can see this time the hatches are not a single flat panel as they are on the others and there's a bunch of other bits and bops on top of the second carriage I'm intrigued to see properly.

Second Carriage? do you mean the trailer?
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Fleet / Re: Alternative / Electric bus trial
« Last post by Busnerd on August 14, 2017, 07:49:10 AM »
With NSW Waratah? They haven't used that for ages, they use "the hop" now. The Waratah hasn't been used for a few years now.
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Canberra Region / Bus 621 - Photo needed
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on August 13, 2017, 10:13:51 PM »
Ok, once again I want a roof shot. Whoever gets me one first will win a cookie.


Looking from the inside the other day, I can see this time the hatches are not a single flat panel as they are on the others and there's a bunch of other bits and bops on top of the second carriage I'm intrigued to see properly.
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Fleet / Re: Alternative / Electric bus trial
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on August 12, 2017, 11:22:24 PM »
The following is from the today's sighting thread:

There is a TFNSW liveried Bustech bodied standard sized bus with the NSW Waratah insignia parked near the workshop in Tuggeranong Bus Station, glimpsed when we drove past today. Does anyone know what it's doing there. I'm guessing it is a new arrival given it hasn't been mentioned here.
It was first sighted at Tuggeranong Depot last Friday.

Further discussion concerning it I'd suggest take place here (http://actbus.net/forum/index.php?topic=4236.0), as I'm fairly sure your sighting and this topic are concerning one the same thing.


The Friday mentioned is 30 June, so the arrival date, depot, bus body, and used all match up to this contract, supporting KoB's hunch).
I agree with triumph about the contract referring to a specific bus, though it seems it has been here for the past month and a half.
There is nothing in the contract to suggest the will be more than one bus, so unless they put out an additional tender it could be just be the one bus. I guess it is cheaper that way in the short term...
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Fleet / Re: Alternative / Electric bus trial
« Last post by triumph on August 12, 2017, 10:25:34 PM »
The detail released about the contract in Schedule 2, Item 1  states The Bus: Volvo B5RELH Euro 5 chassis Bustech VST USED with less than 25,000km of service.

Furthermore delivery date quoted in the schedule is 1st July 2017 at 5pm.
That is very specific and precedes the agreement date of 17thy July.

It seems that a specific existing bus is contemplated and is probably a company demonstrator already available. On that basis it might reasonably expected to be delivered and in service within a few weeks.
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