Media Reports on CityRail

 
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Concession rort crackdown:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9k9iKdvLSU&feature=youtu.be

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  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Attack dogs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF6C3R9HGZ0&feature=youtu.be
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Riding the back of a train


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ3nQRjuJ2w&feature=youtu.be
  T88 Junior Train Controller

Location: Banned
The students complaining about long tickets queues do have the option of purchasing a weekly or periodical ticket.
But I only go to uni 2-3 days a week?

Well the opal card is being rolled out as we speak. With a 10% spike in revenue overnight just goes to show that a small percentage of Sydney people are thieves.
  T88 Junior Train Controller

Location: Banned
Forgot to add to the equation another 10% for passengers that don't have tickets at all. Proof of that is with the 90% SEGS requirements.
Then add another 5% for passengers that buy tickets from news agents and 7/11 etc. They double up on gates or use the wide gate without ever validating tickets. My Multi and pension tickets account for the majority of the abuse.
When I worked on the stations I even came across a few counterfeit season tickets. Generally they were hot listed by passengers claiming they lost the original.
  mboi84 Junior Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Forgot to add to the equation another 10% for passengers that don't have tickets at all. Proof of that is with the 90% SEGS requirements.
Then add another 5% for passengers that buy tickets from news agents and 7/11 etc. They double up on gates or use the wide gate without ever validating tickets. My Multi and pension tickets account for the majority of the abuse.
When I worked on the stations I even came across a few counterfeit season tickets. Generally they were hot listed by passengers claiming they lost the original.
T88
The problem is that the people who do the wrong thing are making it worse for the people like me who do the right thing and buy a ticket all the time!

I am a valid concession card holder (as I work part-time and get part pension) and I see at blacktown a heck of a lot of people just go through the gates without buying tickets, namely school students who have lost their train pass (typical) and bogans who just don't care.

The main problem is stations along the western line (in order from west to city): Emu Plains, Kingswood, Werrington, Rooty Hill, Dooonside, Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Pendle Hill, Wentworthville, Harris Park, Clyde etc don't have barriers so fare evasion is still going to be quite high unless barriers (and I say people/body barriers like in London) would be more effective in clamping down. This is namely why fare evasion is still quite high. No barriers = high fare evasion!! No brainer!!

The Government/Sydney Trains/NSW TrainLink should also introduce the concession and student Opal cards as part of the trial to see how it would go instead of just the one current adult card. Would make much more sense to have all three in the trial than not!!

Of course this is just my opinion and suggestion!
  viaprojects Chief Train Controller



The main problem is stations along the western line (in order from west to city): Emu Plains, Kingswood, Werrington, Rooty Hill, Dooonside, Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Pendle Hill, Wentworthville, Harris Park, Clyde etc don't have barriers so fare evasion is still going to be quite high unless barriers (and I say people/body barriers like in London) would be more effective in clamping down. This is namely why fare evasion is still quite high. No barriers = high fare evasion!! No brainer!!
mboi84
as with past post the stations listed will have to be rebuilt for gate's except 2 which just need upgades. it's the same with the rest of the network. but the cops know the customers that don't have tickets and will pull them up for a fine if they don't have a ticket including the school kids.
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

OLD TRAINS TO STAY IN SERVICE FOR YEARS TO COME.


Retirement postponed: The S Sets replaced the red rattlers. Photo: Michel Bunn
They are the veteran soldiers of Sydney's train fleet, silvery and weathered and a bit rickety, and they will be kept on the commuter frontline for years because the government does not want to retire them.

Documents obtained by Fairfax Media show the life of the oldest trains on suburban runs in Sydney will be extended well into the decade, leaving passengers to face more years of train journeys without airconditioning.

The trains, known as S Sets, are the silver ones.


Carriage interior in the 1970s with Beclawat windows which were replaced when the cars were refurbished in the 1990s. Photo: State Records Authority of New South Wales
They started in Sydney in 1974, and it was planned to get rid of them over the next couple of years as the new Waratah trains were delivered.

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However, a budget memo written by Transport for NSW director-general Les Wielinga to the former chief executive of RailCorp Rob Mason shows they will be kept on for years.

''The recurrent maintenance is to include maintenance of the 192 S Set cars to extend their service life to 2016-17,'' says the memo, dated December 19, 2012, which breaks down a total of $13.1 billion of recurrent and capital maintenance over the next decade.


Illustration: Cathy Wilcox
The S Sets are the only trains in Sydney without airconditioning. At Redfern Station on Monday, commuters lamented the lack of it in the old cars.

''It depends what mood I'm in,'' said Melissa Edwards, 21, who travels daily from Mortdale to Westmead.

''If you get the older train and it is packed and you are already tired and you can't get a seat, then it is more of a problem.''

Keith Xhang, 27, said the S Sets were more an inconvenience in the summer.

''It can be really hot,'' Mr Xhang said. ''During peak hours you can't breathe.''

A spokeswoman for Transport for NSW confirmed 24 S Set trains would be retained, in part to deliver more services in a new timetable and when the south-west rail link opens.

The trains would also act as spares for major events and when others were being repaired.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said in the ''near future'' she would need to consider buying extra double-deck trains.

Her opposition counterpart Penny Sharpe said: ''With no orders for any new trains, commuters will be left wondering why, after all the promises, they are still freezing or sweltering when trying to travel on Sydney trains."

The S Sets, however, are not universally unpopular.

''It doesn't really bother me that they don't have air-conditioning,'' said Katherine Williamson, 19.

''They do have windows.''



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/old-trains-will-stay-in-service-for-long-after-chooseby-date-20130715-2q07k.html#ixzz2Z9t4xn3t
  darcyj Chief Train Controller

Nitpick:  The S sets did not replace the red rattlers.  That place of honour belongs to Tangaras.
  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
The S set cars replaced the Bradfield's and the earliest Red Rattlers. The first Red Rattler retirement (non accident damaged) took place in 1975, with cars C3106-C3137 and other unknown cars, and the first scrapping of these cars was at Sims Metal St Marys in 1976. That same year, car C3101 was withdrawn with C3263.

Anyway, back on topic, I've seen multiple fare evasions before. I've seen people who looked to be around 30-35 years jump the barriers at Mt Druitt, then get pinned down. I had one guy tell me I'm a 'pussy' for buying a ticket at Mt Druitt. He was around 19-20 years. I replied with heavy coarse language (I know, not a good thing to do), but it needed to be said.

Anyway that's my story.
  darcyj Chief Train Controller

Swearing at the locals at Mount Druitt???

Anyway that's my story.
sydnytrains


Glad you're alive to tell it.
  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
Swearing at the locals at Mount Druitt???



Glad you're alive to tell it.
"darcyj"


Well I lived in Mt Druitt for 10 years before moving across the country. And considering my size (192cm tall and about 96kg), I don't think anyone would've tried to kill me. He was a small guy anyway, I could've (but I didn't) taken him out one punch to the head.
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
More dicing with death


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhlEqPOLVWY&feature=youtu.be
  bjwh86 Chief Train Controller

Smaller Stations Miss Out In New Timetable
(No new weekend trains)

There will be few if any extra train services in Sydney at weekends when a new timetable is introduced in October, despite the city's rapidly worsening weekend road traffic.
An internal Transport for NSW analysis of the October timetable, which has not yet been released, shows there will be a slight increase in the number of trains through Sydney on weekdays and a small increase in the average speed of trains as more express services are introduced.
But commuters at some smaller stations in the Blue Mountains, Hunter and south coast will miss out in the October timetable, when their stations get skipped by more trains. And the level of weekend service will remain the same across the city, even though Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has claimed the new timetable had been rewritten ''from scratch''.

''By and large, the weekend timetable is generally the same as for the current 2010 timetable,'' says an internal Transport for NSW document obtained by Fairfax Media called Operational Review and dated July 2013.
The document shows that when the new timetable is introduced in October there will be a 5.1 per cent increase in train coverage in Sydney compared with the present timetable. This is largely because of some increased service frequencies during peak hour or just before or after the peak.
Trains will also travel a little faster. The average speed of trains through Sydney will increase from 42.2 km/h to 43.3 km/h.
But the faster services will come at the expense of commuters at some stations. People travelling to Rockdale and Kogarah will miss out as longer distance services from Waterfall and Cronulla skip those stations. They will have to change at Hurstville.
In May the Herald published a draft of the October timetable. The July Operational Review is an internal departmental document testing if that timetable works.
Among other changes listed in the review, peak hour Blue Mountains services will start skipping Blacktown, Westmead and Granville, and express trains from the Blue Mountains will not stop at Lidcombe between 7am and 8am.
Also in the mountains, services from Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Linden, Bullaburra, Lawson, Woodford, Faulconbridge, Valley Heights and Warrimoo stations will be cut to two an hour in the peak.
For south coast commuters, some slow trains to Sydney are replaced with more local shuttle trains. In the off-peak, the journey between Kiama and Sydney will be about 10 minutes faster.
Return services between Newcastle and Morriset are withdrawn, but Sydney to Wyong services are extended to Newcastle.
A Transport for NSW spokesman said the timetable would deliver better outcomes for the ''overwhelming majority of customers''.
''The timetable is still a draft and further changes are likely between now and when the timetable is finalised,'' he said. ''The final timetable will be publicly released well in advance of the October 20 start date.''

More at http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/smaller-stations-are-biggest-losers-in-new-rail-timetable-20130723-2qhco.html
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Misbehaviour caught on camera:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfTXtXDBLAU&feature=youtu.be
  T88 Junior Train Controller

Location: Banned
That's it. I'm going back to my car.
  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
That's it. I'm going back to my car.
"T88"


That shouldn't deter you from PT. Stay away from these motherf*ckers and don't get involved. If one does approach you, just leave and move away. Saves hassle and drama. If it were up to me, I'd choose both though (since I'm getting my license in 4-5 months).

Back on topic ....
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Sexism inside Sydney Trains:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFXsG6rpPU&feature=youtu.be
  thefatcontroller Assistant Commissioner
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Snail train:
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/it8217s-just-way-too-slow-by-train/story-fni0cx12-1226697399692

Since the 1960s, we've landed on the moon, flown supersonic jets and smashed the land speed record - but for suffering commuters it's even slower by train

TRAVELLING by train between Sydney's boom town of Parramatta and Central station is slower today than it was 50 years ago, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

In the time it has taken mankind to land on the moon, invent supersonic flight and set the land speed record in a jet car at more than 1200km/h, our train network has trundled along at a snail's pace.

Analysis of timetables dating back to 1929 shows the commute from the city's second CBD to Central has improved by just two minutes, falling marginally from 32 minutes to 30 minutes.

The comparison of the same journey 51 years ago is even more damning. In 1962 the trip, including four stops, took 28 minutes, the same as Sydney Trains' advertised journey time last year. But when The Daily Telegraph trialled the route at 4.35pm yesterday, also stopping four times, it took 30 minutes - two minutes longer.

The only way for passengers to get from Parramatta to the CBD in less time is to catch a train on the Blue Mountains line, which stops just once, at Strathfield, and can take as little as 23 minutes - roughly a one-minute improvement per decade on the Western Express since 1929.

The damning statistics make grim reading for Sydney's rail passengers, with trains averaging just 36.4km/h as they trundle around the suburban network.

While signalling, safety and performance may have improved dramatically over the better part of the last century, rail operators are constrained by the huge increase in passenger numbers and the number of trains required to get them to their destinations.

In 1929 there were roughly five steam trains an hour leaving Parramatta for Central. Today there are up to 20 in peak periods, while Sydney's population has swelled from 1.2 million 84 years ago to 4.67 million in 2011.

The latest figures from Sydney Trains show more than 18,000 people travel on the Western Line towards the city in the morning peak, with up to one third having to stand.

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins has pledged to speed up the network but has warned it will take time and significant investment.

He's not the first to try and fix our slow trains. In one of the last throws of the dice by the former government, then-premier Kristina Keneally announced plans for a $4.5 billion Western Express line that would have cut journey times between the CBD and Parramatta by six minutes.

Last year Infrastructure NSW's 20 year strategy recommended the government implement turn-up-and-go express services between Parramatta and CBD throughout the day.

Committee for Sydney CEO Tim Williams said if Parramatta is to thrive as Sydney's second CBD, transport links between the two business hubs must be improved.

"There needs to be a focus on ensuring there are enough express trains between the CBD and Parramatta so people don't have to think about it,'' he said.

"Parramatta is not that far way, but is seems far away because of the transport issues.''

The NSW Government is set to implement a new timetable in early October, which is expected to standardise stopping patterns and reduce travel times from outer suburban areas.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the government had already boosted services on the Western Line.

"This government has already added 30 extra weekly services on the Western Line in the 2011 and 2012 timetable changes, including an extra six services every weekday, and a new express service from Penrith to Central at 7.22am every morning," she said.
  smithagain Junior Train Controller

Public transport merchandising for Sydney visitors, locals and collectors

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said Opal card holders for mobile phones, and other merchandising opportunities are being considered as part of a new way of raising revenue to improve customer service.
"It is time Sydney caught up with the rest of the world when it comes to taking pride in our world famous public transport system," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Most customers will have an Opal card in the future, so there is a great opportunity to sell useful and practical merchandise and raise revenue to put back into the system.
"Major public transport systems around the world have a large range of merchandise designed around the unique, fun and memorable aspects of their system.
"The London Underground, Metro in Paris and the New York subway all have fantastic merchandise available for tourists, locals, and passionate collectors.
"We are looking at ensuring the 2.5 million visitors to NSW can take a piece of their journey home as a memory of their trip around Sydney. The revenue we raise will then go back into improving public transport."
Ms Berejiklian said two years after Transport for NSW was set up, it is now ideally positioned to find new sources of revenue to continue improving customer service.
The NSW Government has released a Request for Proposals for companies interested in a commercial partnership to develop the public transport branded merchandise.
"The train, bus, ferry and light rail operators are busy focusing on delivering world class services for their customers, and Transport for NSW is now looking at opportunities across the whole of the public transport system," she said.
"The Sydney public transport network has many iconic features including our world famous ferries, double deck trains and buses, and landmarks like the Sydney Harbour.
Ms Berejiklian said the merchandise range could include Opal card holders for mobile phones, souvenir maps, model Sydney Ferries vessels, branded toys and key rings. Going to market will generate similar and even better ideas, she said.
"Examples from around the world, including Transport for London, show merchandise presents an opportunity to bring Sydney’s transport brand to life," Ms Berejiklian said.
Expressions of interest can be submitted online via the NSW Government eTendering website.
14 August 2013

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/public-transport-merchandising-sydney-visitors-locals-and-collectors



Anyone have their own suggestions for merchandise?
  darcyj Chief Train Controller

Public transport merchandising for Sydney visitors, locals and collectors

(snip)

Anyone have their own suggestions for merchandise?
smithagain

How about a desktop caddie modelled in the form of the weekend locked gates at the Bathurst Street entrance to Museum Station?  That's a wonderful memento for tourists.

JPD
  Kurmudgeon Junior Train Controller

Anyone have their own suggestions for merchandise?
smithagain

Yes, what Gladys is on.
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
Transit Police in danger


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzoMkF6j6oI&feature=youtu.be
  Blackadder Chief Commissioner

Location: Not the ECRL


Anyone have their own suggestions for merchandise?
smithagain
Nothing that can be printed.

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