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ACTION network changes for 2012

By johnboy 22 March 2012 43

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Our bus network has announced their tweaks to the system for this year.

The new bus network is expected to commence on Monday 28 May 2012. All timetables will change as a result of the new network. Timetables are currently being updated and will be available two weeks prior to the commencement of the new network from the ACTION website, MyWay Centres, Woden and Tuggeranong Bus Stations and Canberra Connect Shopfronts.

The new network, Network 12, is the first step along the way to delivering the improvements outlined in the Transport for Canberra Strategy. This round of changes will improve the current network and further planning is underway for a more extensive review.

The Greens have expressed some pleasure with the direction this is going.

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Bramina 9:11 pm 26 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

Bussie said :

Bramina said :

A 50 passenger seat bus can load about a passenger every five or six seconds – about one 50 passenger load every five minutes.

A tram can load 300 people in just five minutes.

So the capacity of a bus network is constrained at around a sixth of the capacity of a tram network.

A bus that seats 50 can stand around 20. An articulated bus can take 110. Less than trams sure but not as much less as you claim.

Good grief.

The point is: the extra 20 bus passengers will take an additional 2 minutes to load. (Even longer if some passengers get on and hang around the entrance, thus constricting the ingress of further passengers. Fnidiots.) The 110-seat bus will take a total of 10-11 minutes to load 1/3rd the number of passengers a tram can take on in 5 minutes.

What’s more, the idiots who implemented Myway have introduced further delays in the form of requiring that people swipe off, thus drastically slowing down the off-loading of passengers. I’d love to see a video of the meeting where that particular bit of genius was devised…

Yeah, my point was about route capacity – as in the number of people you can push through a transport route per hour. It wasn’t about the seating capacity of a single vehicle.

Busses might have the capacity to carry 5-600 people per hour along a route because of loading.

A lane of cars, travelling with a two second gap can carry 1800 cars per hour. However obstructions like traffic lights reduce this considerably.

A tram line can carry at most perhaps 4000-4500 people per hour.

But not only do trams add more capacity, they can add large amounts of capacity at a lower cost than any other form of transport.

The GDE for example has two lanes. At most it can carry 3600 cars per hour (is that optimistic? does it flow well in peak hour?). And it cost well in excess of $300 million.

The government could have built a tramline to Gungahlin for perhaps $250-300 million in total including the trams. The tramway could have carried 4000-4500 people per hour.

They could also build tramlines to Belconnen, Woden, and Tuggeranong for around $200 million each, with each line having a capacity once again of 4,000-4,500 people per hour.

Darkfalz 3:43 pm 25 Mar 12

Well, this puts the nail in the coffin for the idea of me purchasing a new house in Crace. So they’ve just tacked Crace onto the arse (Belconnen) end of a long ride through all the further out (from Civic) Gungahlin suburbs, negating the location being “10 minutes from the CBD”. You’d be better off catching one of the buses that go through North Lyneham, but that’d mean crossing Barton highway first. It’s a shame they can’t just stick some stops along Barton highway.

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