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Fleet / Re: Renault PR100.3 operated services
« Last post by Bus 503 on September 16, 2018, 07:09:43 AM »
Some more:
- the 16:16 31 from Cohen
- the 17:27 792
Canberra Metro / Re: Light Rail Stage 1 Construction
« Last post by Northside on September 16, 2018, 02:56:50 AM »
I had a look at the contracts or designs online recently after a quick google, it seems quite a few of the stops have a provision for platform extensions if required in the future and that the room to do so has been left although it didn't appear by much, maybe one extra module or section of the tram seemed to be all that was catered for. I suppose  without extending the vehicles the other option could just be an increased off peak frequency if required as it doesn't appear a peak frequency could be improved without ordering more vehicles.

Also the metro website update mentioned today that the dickson testing should start this month.

You've answered your own question. The easiest way to increase capacity is to order more vehicles. The capacity the6 would be talking about is during peak where crush loads of passengers already fill the roughly every 3-5 min frequency on the red rapid. I'm thinking that 6 min frequency in peak is going to result in some very full trams!
Canberra Metro / Re: Light Rail Stage 1 Construction
« Last post by Barry Drive on September 15, 2018, 01:37:39 PM »
Bus 400 sent me a link to an NCA document with intersection designs for Murdoch/Morphett, but also the publicly available contract (link here), Schedule 7 ("Scope and Performance Requirements") answers the others questions I have. Note that the NCA version seems to be more up to date.

Murdoch/Morphett St - will be a coordinated set of lights. The right turn into Morphett will have an extended slip lane but the location is unchanged; a traffic light stop line will be within the slip lane. The bike/pedestrian crossing will be moved slightly south and the Murdoch St right turn will be replaced with a signalised U turn bay which crosses south of the current location. The bike crossing will be located between the two road crossings. The rail line will have a single stop line in each direction.

Now that I know what is being constructed, I have seen the start of the U turn slip lane being built, but no traffic signals have gone in.

Rudd / Bunda St crossing - unlike every other Northbourne intersection, no work has commenced here. The plan is for a new right turn lane northbound allowing turns into Bunda St, but there will be no right turn from Northbourne into Rudd. (So will this be where the first collision will occur?)

Appendix 16 (page 468) describes the requirements for the "Light Rail Vehicles". Without specifying the actual tram make and model, it does state width as "2.65 m nominal".

There is a requirement for a Stop Request signal from the wheelchair bays (in line with the DDA requirements).

Appendix 28 (page 655) outlines the Service Level (i.e. timetable) requirements.
2.1  General Requirements
(a)  All Services must run over the complete route except for scheduled journeys from and to the Depot for LRVs to enter and leave service. These journeys must be available for use by Customers from the first Stop after the Depot and to the last Stop before the Depot, except for:
(i)  Services prior to First Service that may be required to undertake safety checks. For the purposes of the Payment Schedule, these Services are not Passenger Services; and 
(ii)  Special Event Services as advised by the Territory under section 2.5 (c) that may not run over the complete route.

(b)  An LRV which is in service must stop at all Stops on the Timetable and the doors must be enabled to offer Customers the opportunity to board and alight. 

So as previously mentioned, City to Dickson services are not part of the requirements but terminating services may run from City to Phillip Ave (or EPIC) and Gungahlin to Well Station Dr when the LRV/Tram is being taken out of service and vice versa when a Tram is entering service. Which also means that the turnback tracks are only for emergency use, other than the cross overs at the terminating ends.

Requirement (b) suggests they won't use stop request buttons but will have to halt at every stop regardless of passenger desires.
Fleet / Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Last post by Barry Drive on September 15, 2018, 12:28:03 PM »
By Monday, all 20 of the Volgren rigids should be in service. And all at Belconnen Depot.

The first 2 artics are at Belconnen Depot for fitout work. Not sure if they'll be in service by the end of this month, but might not be too long afterwards. Anyone's guess which depot they'll be going to.
Photo of the Month / October 2018
« Last post by Barry Drive on September 15, 2018, 12:19:54 PM »
Submissions are open for Photo of the Month (October). And here's the rules:

The winning photo will be loaded to the website and posted to ACT Bus on Facebook. The winner and runner(s)-up will also be included in the Photo of the Year vote. By submitting a photo, you are giving permission for it to be loaded onto the ACT Bus Gallery and Facebook page.

  • two* photographs may be submitted by any one person, provided they have not been submitted before
  • photos must be "owned" by the person submitting it (if not, you must have the permission of the photographer to submit the photo - and identify the photographer)
  • photos must be have taken legally - ACT Bus does not encourage or condone trespassing
  • submitted photographs must prominently feature:
    • public transport infrastructure (such as bus stop, bus station, bus depot, Light Rail line, tram depot) within the ACT / Queanbeyan region (location must be specified)
    • a bus or tram from the ACT or Queanbeyan (taken within the region or a former ACT/Queanbeyan bus) where -
      • the vehicle is in focus
      • the fleet or registration number is identifiable (or supplied by photographer if not visible in photograph)
      [li]photos narrower than 640 pixels will not be accepted

    If possible, please supply date or month of photo.

    Refer here for full ACT Bus photo submission conditions.

    Photos can be submitted four ways: (1) by posting to this forum topic (2) by posting on ACT Bus Facebook page (and mentioning POTM) (3) by tweeting to @actbus or @actbusspotter (4) by contacting ACT Bus (submit a "contact us" form, send a message to our Facebook page or send me a Private Message) - and we'll send you an email address.

    Unhosted photos may be uploaded into the ACT Bus Gallery which will apply a watermark. Requests to remove the watermark will not be considered.

    * To update our Wiki images, this month we are seeking photos of
    • Irisbus Agora Line (near-side image)
    • Scania L94UB (off-side image)
    • MAN 18.310 CNG (near-side image)
    • MAN 18.320 (off-side image)
    • 301 303 or 319 in current AOA wrap
    If you submit a photo (or two) meeting any of these criteria#, you may post up to three photos but you may only submit a maximum of 2 photos of the same bus.

    To ensure consistency, photos must be displayed with a width of 640 (or height if 640 if a "portrait" aspect) - photos wider than 640 are required to use the option width=640 or height=640 in the image tag. For example: [img width=640] instead of [img].

    Submissions close midnight 26 September, Australian Eastern standard Time.

    Voting will commence on 27 September. Voting will close on 1 October.

    # additional requirements: photo must be from 2018, for Irisbus Agora Lines desto must be Hanover LED; excludes buses in AOA livery
Fleet / Re: Retrofit Destination Displays
« Last post by Barry Drive on September 15, 2018, 11:46:01 AM »
For those who haven't noticed, Bus 309 had Hanover LED installed recently. That now means all Irisbuses have been changed over from Mobitec.

The only flipdots left at Belconnen Depot are on the Darts.
Fleet / Re: Renault PR100.3 operated services
« Last post by Toyota Camry on September 15, 2018, 08:45:43 AM »
Two seen yesterday afternoon, both on regular PR100.3 trips; I was not paying attention to numbers, but one was BUS116.

(10) 17:12 Majura Park to City Bus Station
(40) 17:36 City Bus Station to Cohen Street Station
Fleet / Re: Renault PR100.3 operated services
« Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses on September 15, 2018, 04:28:27 AM »
Eh, can't be bothered anymore. Since the removal of the 5-6 3's recently, most of the routes that were regularly serviced by them have been altered to 2's, blues or greens...

One of the 5pm 171s and 163s south are still serviced with 3s, but that's about it from my list.
Fleet / Re: Renault PR100.3 operated services
« Last post by triumph on September 15, 2018, 12:05:21 AM »
705 today (4.30 from Cohen St) was BUS587.
Fleet / Re: Renault PR100.3 operated services
« Last post by triumph on September 14, 2018, 01:48:58 PM »
I had forgotten to post in the previous message that there are two other services that have recently operated with PR100.3s on multiple days; I will attempt to verify if this is still occurring.

(705) 1630 Cohen Street Bus Station to Tuggeranong Bus Station

Sept 6th it was reported to be PR100.2, BUS957.

Now it is worse. Yesterday the service was not operated by a PR at all. BUS390 appeared.

Perhaps an omen of things to/have come?
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