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Old May 12th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #41
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Did I hear correctly that Wayne Swan will fund an extension while watching his budget speech tonight?
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Old May 14th, 2009, 05:03 PM   #42
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Did I hear correctly that Wayne Swan will fund an extension while watching his budget speech tonight?
Yes, but it won't be the concrete tracks that a lot of people imagine. Instead, it will continue under an on-road busway separated from regular traffic. Closer to the city, the details are more sketchy about how the busway will be implemented.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #43
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The O-bahn has nothing to with LRT/heavy rail. It's a guided bus, and nothing more.
It all depends upon how you look at it. The operation of the Adelaide O-Bahn is very light rail like, in that it is dedicated track away from normal roads. The benifit of course is at the end of the track the buses can then go on the normal road and do the suburban feeder service. LRT cannot do that.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 05:44 PM   #44
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ADELAIDE | Public Transport

This thread is for public transport in Adelaide, South Australia. The network is operated under the 'Adelaide Metro' brand and consists of commuter rail, a single light rail line and buses.

The rail network is broad gauge and consists of five lines and 81 stations, totalling 125.9 km. The network is the last in Australia to use diesel trains and is currently being electrified. At present the Seaford and Tonsley lines are electrified.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...RailwayMap.svg


Seaford Railway Line Opening by baytram366, on Flickr


4005 crossing the Onkaparinga River Bridge by Robbie Mathieson Photography, on Flickr


Class 4000 testing on the Onkaparinga Valley Bridge by mollyschase, on Flickr


Adelaide's A-City Train & Metro Tram at Goodwood Station. by Australian Trains, on Flickr


Adelaide Metro commuter passenger train, Blackwood, Australia by Mark S Horne, on Flickr


180112 016 by Alco961, on Flickr



Australian Bus and Coach Show ~ Scania Custom Coaches Adelaide Metro Red Bendy Bus by Alana Art, on Flickr
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 07:00 PM   #45
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Old November 24th, 2014, 01:41 AM   #46
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wow, is this the first thread on Adelaide PT.

Anyway just a slight correction, the Belair line is not electrified and there are no plans to do it either.

Just for everyones interest, a slightly quirky corridor to the north eastern suburbs is the O'bahn busway, which is about 12 km long and terminates at a large suburban shopping centre, and has a total of 3 stations. Its a guided bus, and the buses can reach speeds of 100km in some sections although a lot of sections have been reduced to 80km. Once buses leave the track they then run on normal roads to their suburban destinations. 90% of the route is sort of scenic as it runs through a river park. Here are some pics









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Old November 25th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #47
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Anyway just a slight correction, the Belair line is not electrified and there are no plans to do it either.
I gather that the whole corridor from the City to Goodwood is electrified including the Belair tracks (for flexibility for Seaford and Tonsley trains). I had seen some commentary that the Belair "line" was partially electrified so I presume that is all that means given there are definitely no wires after the Goodwood dive under the ARTC line.
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I gather that the whole corridor from the City to Goodwood is electrified including the Belair tracks (for flexibility for Seaford and Tonsley trains). I had seen some commentary that the Belair "line" was partially electrified so I presume that is all that means given there are definitely no wires after the Goodwood dive under the ARTC line.
correct, they electrified all 4 tracks from the city to Goodwood (gets down to 3 tracks just after Anzac Hwy bridge) just in case the Seaford trains need to switch tracks. After Goodwood there are no electric wires for the Belair line.


Still waiting for our state govt to release any patronage levels whatsoever for our PT system in over a year and a half. Some other Aust and NZ cities get monthly stats, we get nothing
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atleast once a year, some silly old idiot somehow manages to miss the huge warning/no entry except for buses signs at the city entrance to the o'bahn and gets stuck. The buses have little guider wheels on the side of the bus, so there is no steering involved. But it doesn't quite work for a car, usually the car just falls into the middle of the track, this car looks like it tried to turn around

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Old November 26th, 2014, 02:29 PM   #50
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these trains are about to be phased out. Introduced in the early 1980s, they're nicknamed 'Jumbos' because of the raised driving cab. Completely unsuited to a metropolitan train system, (especially ours with short distances between stations) because they are gas guzzling diesels that take off in a cloud of diesel smoke and have terribly slow acceleration if they are in a 3-car format. Ok for express services to the outer suburbs

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Such a juxtaposition from the first pictures to the last pic. At least Adelaide is finally heading in the right direction with its heavy rail.
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Welcome MW123 and all in Adelaide, good to see another thread, Manchester says hello.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 08:34 PM   #53
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Similar incident to yours on our newest Metrolink Tram line to Manchester Airport...

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Police didn't even turn up. It was the general public that moved her.. and 2 Wythenshawe Community Housing Group Litter pickers that were passing. So god knows why it said "Police Incident" on the status page



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That electric busway looks cool.
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It's not electric and it certainly isn't cool. It's funny how everything started going wrong for Adelaide the minute they built that stupid O-Bahn. Prior to that Adelaide was regarded as third most important city in Australia.
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^ Thanks for the clarification regarding the electric issue. How did the O-bahn busway make "everything started going wrong for Adelaide"?
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^ Thanks for the clarification regarding the electric issue. How did the O-bahn busway make "everything started going wrong for Adelaide"?
it didn't, he's just full of shit, as we Australian's say to other Australians
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End nigh for paper multitrip tickets

Adelaide | Paper multitrip public transport tickets will become invalid on buses, trains and trams from December 31.

This morning Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said the successful introduction of the Metrocard had made the old multitrip tickets redundant.

“Less than half of one per cent of the travelling public still use a multitrip ticket instead of the new metrocard and they are now to be retired from service,” Mullighan said.

The use of the smartcard has grown to 86 per cent of all validations on public transport since its introduction. Adelaide Metro stopped selling multitrip tickets in June last year.

Mullighan said mulitrip ticketholders could transfer remaining trips or money to their metrocard, or exchange the remaining trips for single trip tickets.

Customers can make the exchange until February 28 next year.

Visit an Adelaide Metro InfoCentre for more information.

http://indaily.com.au/news/2014/12/02/e ... p-tickets/

I can't believe its taken this long to get rid of paper multi-trips. I thought they were phased out 6 months after the Metrocard was introduced.
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The latest news on the proposed new O-Bahn road into the Adelaide city centre and also how future tram lines would be integrated into that proposal.

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Bus tunnel for Adelaide CBD would cut commute times, SA Government promises
More detail has been given on a plan to build a $160 million bus tunnel between Hackney Road and the Adelaide CBD.

Promised by Labor ahead of last year's South Australian election, the 500-metre tunnel is proposed between Hackney and Rundle roads, with the South Australian Government promising it would cut up to seven minutes off travel times for commuters.

A previous plan to extend O-Bahn bus services was scrapped when the Federal Government withdrew funding in 2011.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said about 450 jobs would be created during the tunnel's construction.

He said the O-Bahn already was used by more than 31,000 commuters on weekdays.

Premier Jay Weatherill said a planned closure of the existing Rundle Road and realigning it further south would improve the east parklands, an area heavily used for events including the current Fringe festival.

"By closing Rundle Road we are able to return more than 3,000 square metres of land to Rundle Park," he said.

Mr Mullighan said about 150 car parking spaces in Rundle Road could go.




They're talking about a seven-minute saving for the average daily commute. If that's worded carefully, it's probably three-and-a-half minutes per trip.

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"What we're looking at doing is returning about half of that along the East Terrace roadways," he said.

"There is some parallel parking on the eastern side of East Terrace next to the parklands, but there is very little, if any, car parking on the western side close to the businesses.

"What we're able to do with this scheme is return some of those car parks."

But the State Opposition has questioned how the Government will pay for its revised plans.

Opposition spokeswoman Vickie Chapman said she doubted the Government would be able to deliver the project within its $160 million budget.

"These figures are now more rubbery than a tyre, we need to have some accurate assessment of about what the costing of this project is, particularly as today's announcement confirms it as a much different project," she said.

"We've gone from a tunnel, to a tunnel plus a new road, plus the rehabilitation of and removal of an old road, so how does that stack up?"



http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-2...evised/6260782

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Adelaide tram line: New plan for North and East terraces

NEW tram line could be built along North and East terraces before connecting to the eastern suburbs, under a plan being considered by the State Government.

The new tram route would be an alternative to the State Government’s original $160 million O-Bahn proposal, announced last month, which included room for a future public transport corridor between the eastern suburbs and Grenfell St, along a realigned Rundle Rd.

Under the new proposal being considered by the State Government, trams would travel along North Tce through to East Tce before connecting up with the realigned Rundle Rd, instead of using Grenfell St.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan yesterday confirmed the location of the future tram line was under review.


Existing tram lines along North Tce. Picture: Mike Burton

“In my ongoing discussions with the Adelaide City Council and other stakeholders, I have given an undertaking to find the best possible solution for future tram routes through the city to arrive at the corridor provided in the O-Bahn project, in particular reviewing future alignment of trams along Grenfell St and looking at North Tce,” he said.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese had previously called on the State Government to consider putting the tram along North Tce and said it would reduce traffic gridlock in the city.

“The major concern for me was putting trams, along with an increased number of buses and also vehicle traffic on Grenfell St would lead to major congestion,” he said.



The original O-Bahn route proposal, as it connects with Grenfell St and East Tce.

“And (a tram route) could become a catalyst for further economic development along North Tce including future-proofing the current Royal Adelaide Hospital site, which will be redeveloped in some capacity in future years.”

Mr Mullighan said the review of the O-Bahn proposal was undertaken due to concerns about the impacts of putting trams on Grenfell St.

“We want to retain Grenfell St as a public transport hub for the East-West bus movements and there has been a strong desire by the council and East End traders to consider where the tram would provide uplift and activation benefits to the North Tce and East Tce precincts,” he said.

“The revised O-Bahn proposal allows for a future EastLink tram corridor on the newly realigned Rundle Rd and this will not change.”

The proposed O-Bahn upgrade includes a building a bus tunnel from Hackney Rd through to the realigned Rundle Rd, which would cut across Rymill Park before connecting with Grenfell St.

A community campaign from East End residents has been pushing for the O-Bahn project to be significantly altered and the plan to realign Rundle Rd through Rymill Park to be scrapped.

More than 100 residents packed an upstairs function room of the Belgian Beer Cafe on Monday night, to voice their concerns about the future of Rymill Park directly to Mr Mullighan.

East End resident and city businessman Andrew Robertson said the local community strongly opposed the State Government’s O-Bahn proposal.

“There was not one person who spoke in support of (the O-Bahn) proposal,” he said.
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Adelaide public transport boarding figures released and there is lots of good news.
The newly electrified Seaford has had an increase of 78% (in the previous survey the line was only open for 4 months) whilst other train lines showed small increases.
Good signs for future vibrancy of the city (and in a city where the car is king!)
http://premier.sa.gov.au/images/news.../patronage.pdf
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