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General Discussion / Re: Nextthere - Bus Tracking Application
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on Yesterday at 11:04:11 PM »
Not only that, but the NXTBUS screens haven't been working properly recently, a real pain for those who don't even have access to that tech.
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Fleet / Re: Minor Maintenance/Repairs Thread
« Last post by Barry Drive on Yesterday at 11:09:30 AM »


Another incident today on Adelaide avenue.
Anyone know the bus involved
https://the-riotact.com/car-and-bus-collision-causes-gridlock-on-city-bound-roads/240760
Based on the photo, the bus was 484.

Having seen this bus since, there is no obvious sign of repairs, so perhaps it wasn't a "collision" as reported, but rather a heavy braking to avoid a collision.
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Infrastructure / Re: Gungahlin Interchange
« Last post by Bus 503 on April 25, 2018, 11:04:00 AM »
The pedestrian crossing 'walk' sign in Hibberson St across Gungahlin Place does not give enough time to legally cross in one go. Worse the buttons on the intermediate median are located out of reach behind the works fencing. So if in the middle, one has to wait for someone at either end to press their button. I timed a legal crossing at 1min 20 sec. The result, already, is widespread flouting of the 'don't walk'. This is potential chaos and aggravation when people wish to cross to between platform 4 and the light rail terminus. Worse, there is the major conflict of buses coming and going (plus ordinary Gungahlin Pl. traffic), all needing to intersect with the pedestrian flow, which will severely inhibit available 'walk' periods. 

They installed traffic lights where passengers are supposed to cross at Dickson Interchange for light rail on Northbourne Avenue too. The traffic lights are an inconvenience for both motorists who have to stop at even more traffic lights and transferring passengers who have to wait for their cycle which will lead to missed buses/trams. A pedestrian bridge should have been built so passengers could cross faster and more efficiently (and obviously more safely).
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General Discussion / Re: Nextthere - Bus Tracking Application
« Last post by Bus 503 on April 25, 2018, 10:50:08 AM »
Slightly off topic, but this has just reminded me - It seems tripmate Canberra and its family of apps (arrivo, beta mystops) has been removed from the play store. Very unfortunate, was a great series of apps. Wish I'd gotten mystops while I could as that one covered all the regions.

On that topic, I was thinking about trying out TransitTimes (another tracking app with fleet numbers) but that also looks to have gone off the Apple AppStore. There aren't many reliable tracking apps on the AppStore apart from Nextthere and there seems to be even more limited choice now.
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Infrastructure / Re: Gungahlin Interchange
« Last post by Barry Drive on April 25, 2018, 09:59:29 AM »
I wonder if the Gozzard entry (closed for same reason) will now be re-opened and this one be closed?
The Gozzard St entry and exit was re-opened as soon as the buses were moved. Despite this, cars are still using Ernest Cavanagh to enter the carpark.

I agree totally with everything you said. Once the new traffic lights on Gozzard St were turned on, the temporary bus platforms became unworkable, so perhaps that contributed to the early opening. I can't think of any other reason.

One would also have to wonder why even bother with traffic lights at Hibberson St & Gungahlin Pl.
The lights will also allow right turns into Hibberson St once it re-opens. But they should be recalibrated to give pedestrians priority over traffic - including longer Green "Man" lanterns.

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Infrastructure / Re: Gungahlin Interchange
« Last post by Bus 400 on April 25, 2018, 07:36:23 AM »
One would also have to wonder why even bother with traffic lights at Hibberson St & Gungahlin Pl. Since Hiberson St is blocked off the Coles end & no traffic is leaving from the Woolworths end. Surely a pedestrian crossing would be good enough?  The only time you're going to get heavy pedestrian numbers is when a tram terminates & they're all heading for the buses anyway.

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Infrastructure / Re: Gungahlin Interchange
« Last post by triumph on April 24, 2018, 11:36:51 PM »
Had a look yesterday at the newly opened Bus Station in Gungahlin.

What was the rush? The area is still a substantial works site and rather congested. Platform 4 was only partially available to use. I think the opening is premature.

Buses from Belconnen and the North now approach via Gozzard and Ernest Cavanagh Sts. Immediately after turning into Ernest Cavanagh there is an entry to a substantial car park on the right with lots of short term users. It is already apparent that right turners into the car park are causing bus delays. I wonder if the Gozzard entry (closed for same reason) will now be re-opened and this one be closed?

The pedestrian crossing 'walk' sign in Hibberson St across Gungahlin Place does not give enough time to legally cross in one go. Worse the buttons on the intermediate median are located out of reach behind the works fencing. So if in the middle, one has to wait for someone at either end to press their button. I timed a legal crossing at 1min 20 sec. The result, already, is widespread flouting of the 'don't walk'. This is potential chaos and aggravation when people wish to cross to between platform 4 and the light rail terminus. Worse, there is the major conflict of buses coming and going (plus ordinary Gungahlin Pl. traffic), all needing to intersect with the pedestrian flow, which will severely inhibit available 'walk' periods.

The bus platforms have architecturally good looking canopies which appear to style match the light rail stations. But, the canopies are quite high and angled up. I wonder at the effectiveness of weather protection and summer shade. Also there appears to be no sheltered walking route planned between the bus and light rail stations. One has to wonder how much thought (neligible?) went into the actual convenience of users.

 Overall, I am not impressed. 
 


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General Discussion / Re: Nextthere - Bus Tracking Application
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on April 24, 2018, 09:45:31 PM »
Slightly off topic, but this has just reminded me - It seems tripmate Canberra and its family of apps (arrivo, beta mystops) has been removed from the play store. Very unfortunate, was a great series of apps. Wish I'd gotten mystops while I could as that one covered all the regions.
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General Discussion / Nextthere - Bus Tracking Application
« Last post by Bus 503 on April 24, 2018, 08:36:17 PM »
Buses 572-581 have not showed on NEXTTHERE. You can still track them but when you press the info button, they don't show the bus type or fleet number. Is there any reason for this and are other people using TRANSIT TIMES having the same issue?

We're working with NextThere to rectify this (and the issue with bus images not displaying)

This same problem with new buses not displaying properly on Nextthere still exists two years later. I have contacted the developer at least three times and the only substantial response was that something would be done in July 2016, though the problem wasn't fixed. The buses affected are Bus 571 all the way to Bus 641, as well as the electric buses.
I let the developer know where he could get bus information and photos (this website) too.
If anyone has had any success talking to the developer, finding out what the problem is or what is being done about it, it would be great to hear!

I would post some screenshots of the fleet number issue, but coincidentally the Canberra region of Nextthere has gone down and no bus fleet numbers are being displayed when selected and multiple shifts that a selected service is supposed to do before/after is also appearing (how odd) - normally only one part of the shift would appear, not all of it.
I've attached a screenshot of that issue if anyone is interested, where a route 58 gets into Gungahlin and changes into a route 51 to Belconnen nine minutes later.
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Photo of the Month / Re: Photo of the Month - May 2018
« Last post by Busfanatic101 on April 23, 2018, 02:37:27 PM »

Bus 900, currently the oldest Renault PR2 in the fleet, prepares to operate a route 62 from Woden Bus Station (Feb, 2018)


QCity Pie Cart 1796 operates school run 66 on Binowee Dr, Googong (March 2017)


Bus 639 with a black-handled DL2 operates school run 554 on Bugden Ave Fadden (Apr 2018)
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