Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail

 
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
For a pedestrian to collide with a tram in Melbourne h/she has to cross the motor vehicle lane(s) first, except in Bourke St. Mall and perhaps in Royal Park.  In Sydney whenever they add a modern tram line to a road they remove general motor traffic and effectively convert it to the Bourke St. Mall style, so I suppose there is a higher likelihood that pedestrians neglect the presence of an approaching tram causing conflicting movement.
route14
Moral to the story, to help keep trams safe from those who do not fear these silent bone crushing beasts, ensure the trams are well protected by busy traffic either side to help clean up any strays leaving the safety of the foot path.

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  Matthew Train Controller

They seem like during the latest tests, everything is set up. A 10 News Report a few days ago says that it will be open by December. They also talked about being safe near tramways, as soon they could cause deaths....
Mobile phone zombies.

Also, patrons of the pubs and clubs on George Street (and to a lesser extent Devonshire) spill out onto the road totally sloshed, particularly on Friday and Saturday.
Should be no worse than when there were cars
RTT_Rules
The road traffic ran more frequently so tended to keep the way clear, and also the tram platforms apparently provide a nice seat, a driver reported coming down George Street to find a dozen or so sitting on the platform edge. While (ex) patrons were apparently completely oblivious to the tram, the bouncers were not, and they came out and cleared them off the tracks.

This is filed by the tram drivers under 'route knowledge'. It's more than speeds, points and signals. It's learning when all the pubs and clubs close so they can look out for strays.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
The road traffic ran more frequently so tended to keep the way clear, and also the tram platforms apparently provide a nice seat, a driver reported coming down George Street to find a dozen or so sitting on the platform edge. While (ex) patrons were apparently completely oblivious to the tram, the bouncers were not, and they came out and cleared them off the tracks.

This is filed by the tram drivers under 'route knowledge'. It's more than speeds, points and signals. It's learning when all the pubs and clubs close so they can look out for strays.
Matthew
Once the trams operation is regular with people using them and become common knowledge in public domain, things will no doubt change.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

It reminds me of the advertisement taken in Bourke St. Mall with someone in a rubbish bin waving to a tram: "Go around!  Go around!"
  gunzel42 Locomotive Fireman

Melbourne has coped for 150 years mingling pedestrians and trams.

Sydney will be fine, hopefully the darwin awards are limited.
John.Z
Good Tram Drivers are observant enough to realise which pedestrians are aware of their presence and which aren't.
  Matthew Train Controller

Good Tram Drivers are observant enough to realise which pedestrians are aware of their presence and which aren't.
gunzel42

Last night on George Street I heard a driver use the horn to attract the attention of a suicidal phone-zombie.

Where the pubs and clubs are and their closing times are part of route-knowledge Smile
(And not so the driver knows where to go for a stiff drink off shift either.)
  AheadMatthewawsome Locomotive Driver

Location: Opening Train Lines
I am not usually very critical about the government, but let's do this with no bias to the Liberals:

After 4 years of construction, 1 year late, spending an extra 500 million dollars, destroying the local streets, having a dumb contract company, crumbling houses, confusion and delay, and lots more. Today, there is now a confirmed date of the L2 Line between Circular Quay and Randwick. The date is December 14th 2019, and the L3 to Juniors Kingsford will open in March 2020.

The pain and suffering from construction is over, the threat of no trams is over, everything is over. And the streets will now be THRIVING! Our long, tramaphobic nightmare, is over.

What do you think about the Light Rail finally being opened? What could be happening during the opening? And, what's next for Light Rail?
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Perhaps I have missed something here but from a picture in a press release there seems to be a ground power section which is believed to be the main reason for budget blow-out and project delay.  It would be a custom feature for trams and infrastructure which means more tax-payers money spent.  On what?  To make the thing look better without overhead?  What  expensive "cosmetics"!  At least Melbourne's controversial adoption of low floor trams early this century benefits once-in-a-while wheel-chair bound passengers, whom does the absence of overhead benefit?
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Perhaps I have missed something here but from a picture in a press release there seems to be a ground power section which is believed to be the main reason for budget blow-out and project delay.  It would be a custom feature for trams and infrastructure which means more tax-payers money spent.  On what?  To make the thing look better without overhead?  What  expensive "cosmetics"!  At least Melbourne's controversial adoption of low floor trams early this century benefits once-in-a-while wheel-chair bound passengers, whom does the absence of overhead benefit?
route14
The ground based system is in regular daily use across the whole 13km route of the Dubai tram and it works.

Did Sydney need overhead less tram, no! The technology has likely been surpassed by battery technology and simply removing short sections of O/H where for what ever reason its deemed not suitable.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
I am not usually very critical about the government, but let's do this with no bias to the Liberals:

After 4 years of construction, 1 year late, spending an extra 500 million dollars, destroying the local streets, having a dumb contract company, crumbling houses, confusion and delay, and lots more. Today, there is now a confirmed date of the L2 Line between Circular Quay and Randwick. The date is December 14th 2019, and the L3 to Juniors Kingsford will open in March 2020.

The pain and suffering from construction is over, the threat of no trams is over, everything is over. And the streets will now be THRIVING! Our long, tramaphobic nightmare, is over.

What do you think about the Light Rail finally being opened? What could be happening during the opening? And, what's next for Light Rail?
AheadMatthewawsome
Its here, like GC and pain the pain of construction will soon be forgotten by most.
  Matthew Train Controller

Perhaps I have missed something here but from a picture in a press release there seems to be a ground power section which is believed to be the main reason for budget blow-out and project delay.  
route14
While the APS did add a lot of arguably unnecessary cost, it wasn't the sole source of 'cost overruns'. Quite a lot of the rest of the route suffered from poor initial project scoping which lead to cost increases too.

The cost difference between APS and the original battery solution was known quite early and given the combination of grades and Sydney climate airconditioning loads, was probably the right call. (Wire-free was a condition of the Sydney City Council being onboard with the project.)
  AheadMatthewawsome Locomotive Driver

Location: Opening Train Lines
Google seems a bit too excited about Light Rail. They have finished adding in the station, and now have put in the line saying that it is open. It is pretty irrelevant, but I want to show you anyways.
  Matthew Train Controller

Ready for the opening festivities tomorrow. An 'original' George Street electric tram.
  AheadMatthewawsome Locomotive Driver

Location: Opening Train Lines
Ready for the opening festivities tomorrow. An 'original' George Street electric tram.
Matthew
I will be coming to the opening tomorrow, what will be there tomorrow?
  AheadMatthewawsome Locomotive Driver

Location: Opening Train Lines
Ready for the opening festivities tomorrow. An 'original' George Street electric tram.
I will be coming to the opening tomorrow, what will be there tomorrow?
  TomBTR Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
Nice that they remembered that this is not the first tram line in this part of the city.

Pity that the tram is not parked at the end of the spare platform track.

I'll be there tomorrow of course.
  Matthew Train Controller

Nice that they remembered that this is not the first tram line in this part of the city.

Pity that the tram is not parked at the end of the spare platform track.

I'll be there tomorrow of course.
TomBTR
There is no spare platform track, they use all 3 in rotation. (Presumably to ensure that all aspects of the equipment get regularly used/tested.

Putting the heritage tram on the actual track connected to the operating LR system would be all sorts of pain paperwork and regulation wise. Too much work for too little (short term) gain.

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