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Photo of the Month / Re: July 2022 - voting open
Last post by Barry Drive - June 28, 2022, 01:26:09 PM
Voting has opened - will close on 1 July, winner revealed Sat 2 July.

With 8 photos there are up to 3 votes each.
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Photo of the Month / Re: July 2022
Last post by Snorzac - June 28, 2022, 11:41:17 AM

505 by Zac Mathes, on Flickr
BUS 505 is seen at Woden


441 by Zac Mathes, on Flickr
BUS441 is seen at Calwell Shops


628 by Zac Mathes, on Flickr
BUS628 is seen at Canberra Airport
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Photo of the Month / Re: July 2022
Last post by Barry Drive - June 28, 2022, 11:33:31 AM

Bus 452 on Alinga Street


Bus 558 travelling down Cohen Street

We need six photos for voting to commence. So still time for more photos.
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Photo of the Month / Re: July 2022
Last post by narc855 - June 27, 2022, 04:47:36 PM
Bus 384 by Qichuan Xia, on Flickr
384 was seen at National Arboretum doing the reconciliation day shuttle service.

Bus 442 by Qichuan Xia, on Flickr
442 was seen layovering at City Interchange

Bus 929 by Qichuan Xia, on Flickr
929 was seen layovering at City West
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Photo of the Month / July 2022 - voting open
Last post by Barry Drive - June 25, 2022, 12:19:22 PM

Photo of the Month rules –

● two* photographs may be submitted by each member, provided they have not been submitted before

  ◦ * This month we are seeking photos of Buses with repeated fleet numbers[1]. If you submit a photo meeting this criterion, you may post up to three photos but you may only submit a maximum of 2 photos of the same bus.

● 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, and we encourage Covid-safe practices

● 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)

and/or

  ◦ a bus, tram or support vehicle 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)

● 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 by replying to this forum topic and attaching the image; to ensure consistency, photos must be displayed with a width of 640 (or height of 640 if a "portrait" aspect) - photos larger 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].

To submit photos from Instagram, you must post a reply with a caption and paste the URL of the Instagram image. Photos not publicly visible cannot be submitted. We will not accept unhosted photos - they must be stored on a photo hosting site (such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook).

Submissions close midday 28 June, Australian Eastern standard time, unless fewer than 6 photos have been submitted. Voting will commence soon afterwards and will close 1/2 July.

The winning photo will be loaded to the actbus.net website and posted to ACT Bus on Facebook and Instagram. 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 and Instagram pages.

Note:
1 - repeated fleet numbers - so any bus with two or more of the same number. For example, 331 404 100 711 or 666
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The Playground / Re: What PT did you get today?...
Last post by Sylvan Loves Buses - June 16, 2022, 11:14:39 PM
Think most thursdays will look like this for now on. 12-18 buses a week with around half being Renault's for the next 6 months still, what a joy.

972 (72N)
978 (60S)
970 (73S)
969 (72N)
648 (R4N)
397 (R2S)
703 (R2S)
525 (R2N)
971 (R5S)
463 (R4S)
932 (71N)
932 (R6E)

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Fleet / Re: Bus procurement after 2020
Last post by narc855 - June 15, 2022, 09:55:14 AM
If you look at New South Wales, their bus operators keep getting new buses recently, both in electric and diesel, the reason is - they have election coming up next year. Meanwhile, we don't have election until 2024.
That being said, given that I will leave Canberra in 3 months, I still hope to see new generation (electric) buses down here.
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Fleet / Re: Bus procurement after 2020
Last post by triumph - June 14, 2022, 10:07:23 PM
Quote from: Barry Drive on June 14, 2022, 05:11:44 PMIt's now June. Six months until all non-(wheelchair) accessible buses are legally required to be withdrawn.

Still no contract has been published for any of the 38 leased buses expected this year. We're already past the one new bus per week timeframe.
Barry (and the implications of the comment) is spot on.

BTW, are we sure of numbers? At some stage, I seem to recall, there were indications of only a few electric and quite a few interim diesels.

However there are a few external, and at least one internal, factors which might be seriously affecting the programme.

Firstly, there is wide spread disruption from the continuing Covid consequences. This may well effect the ability of Transport Canberra to prepare, issue, and administer contracts. Likewise it might be affecting industry ability to answer a tender and meet the proposed contract requirements.

Secondly, apart from Covid, the world wide shortage of electronic chips, and thus component assemblies, might be making the supply (and subsequent maintenance) of new electric and, for that matter, diesel buses problematic for new orders. The same issue is reported to be affecting supply and maintenance of light electric vehicle recharge  points, with even damaged/failed public recharge points sometimes taking a very long time (months) to repair.

Thirdly, there is a reported shortage of trades and construction resources, which would probably affect the ability of the supplier to arrange a temporary depot, and of ACTEW/Evoenergy to beef up, as may be necessary, the recharge power supplies.

Lastly, there is the present world economic instabilities and cost/pricing implications.

Taking all this into account, it would be a brave bus supplier to quote a fixed sum against a fixed deadline and promise availability in service; and just as brave of the customer to simply rely on a signed contract to solve a delivery deadline issue, and subsequent consistent availability in service.

Thus the probability is that both Transport Canberra and potential suppliers realistically have recognised, due to a combination of adverse circumstances beyond their control, that the intended programme of new buses cannot be achieved as intended.

In turn, the retirement of non disability compliance buses may have to be deferred. For the reasons set out above, the availability of an interim second hand compliant supply may also be quite problematical. The perverse alternative would be to reduce services to match compliant fleet availability. Presumably there is some way of obtaining deadline relief citing 'force majeure'.

 
 
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Fleet / Re: Bus procurement after 2020
Last post by Barry Drive - June 14, 2022, 05:11:44 PM
It's now June. Six months until all non-(wheelchair) accessible buses are legally required to be withdrawn.

Still no contract has been published for any of the 38 leased buses expected this year. We're already past the one new bus per week timeframe.
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Fleet / Re: Yutong E12 trial (490)
Last post by Bus 400 - June 13, 2022, 01:59:08 PM
Former Bus 490 recently spotted as a campaign bus for Federal Government Independent Member Zali Steggal.

Presumably no bus service provider has used this bus since Canberra.

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