What Australian transport authorities are saying about COVID-19

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 19 May 2020 14:21
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

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  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I was on a suburban train in Melb yesterday.  It's not very pleasant when there's someone nearby with a face mask, sweat pouring off his forehead, and he's taking short breaths....
Would you prefer that he wasn't wearing a mask?
Gman_86
If he has any sort of flu-like symptoms at all then I'd prefer that he self-isolate as per the guidelines

Of course the symptoms may be unrelated, if so I would prefer that he wore a sign confirming as much Smile

Catching PT is horrible ATM with many people not giving 2 hoots about social distancing. Same with the supermarket on Saturday.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

bevans
Refuel it, replenish supplies, send it on its way escorted by a RAN frigate.

No need to charge for the service, we should proudly provide such supplies needed as a signatory to the international treaties establishing the obligation to render assistance.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The cancellation starting to add up into Melbourne from abroad.

https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/Passengers/Flights/Arrivals

  bevans Site Admin
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Booking have now stopped for XPT services between Sydney and Brisbane.  No bookings available.  You can continue to book intrastate rail services on the Northern line to Casino.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Will modifying billy be suspended due to the virus ?
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Will modifying billy be suspended due to the virus ?
freightgate
No.

Only use an unmodified billy to make your tea.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Now Metro Trains is after cash.  

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/deal-to-help-public-transport-operators-as-they-lose-millions-due-to-reduced-travel

Why is it the responsibility of the government to prop this enterprise up?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Most VLine trains around Northern Vic have very few passengers on board.  Patronage is a tiny fraction of what it was.

Maybe Metro trains could relinquish its contract and it ends up in PTV hands?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Most VLine trains around Northern Vic have very few passengers on board.  Patronage is a tiny fraction of what it was.

Maybe Metro trains could relinquish its contract and it ends up in PTV hands?
Carnot

This would be a very satisfactory outcome for the people of Melbourne as a result of this pandemic for the network to be handed back to the state for operation saving the state a lot of money.  Clearly privatisation has not worked.

Will be interesting to see if is does what the likes of the libs will do if elected.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Most VLine trains around Northern Vic have very few passengers on board.  Patronage is a tiny fraction of what it was.

Maybe Metro trains could relinquish its contract and it ends up in PTV hands?

This would be a very satisfactory outcome for the people of Melbourne as a result of this pandemic for the network to be handed back to the state for operation saving the state a lot of money.  Clearly privatisation has not worked.

Will be interesting to see if is does what the likes of the libs will do if elected.
bevans
Um no.

Commonsense needs to come into play, not stupidity.

They are still running a weekday timetable despite that fact there is a major reduction in demand. Regardless whether Melbourne Metro was in private or govt control, the impact to the taxpayer is the same. Cut the timetable to stop pi$$ing money against the wall running empty trains, buses and trams. Also enables those crewed not required to stay home.

As for who runs the rail system longer-term. Both sides of govt have made their position clear, so why restart flogging that dead horse.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Update from Dubai/UAE

Govt has issued notice to all private organisations that they cannot have more than 20% of their workforce at work at any one time, unless they are in a nominated essential service, ie supermarket, certain manufacturing that cannot shut down (ie my company and myself as I continue to enjoy driving on empty roads to work), pharmacy etc.

As of tonight 8pm, everyone must be home unless in a nominated essential service for 60h until Sunday 6am while the whole country is disinfected. All PT ie trains, trams, buses taxi's etc will be stopped. The airports have been closed for 24h and will remain so for two weeks. Read we have a soft curfew in place from 8pm, although this word has not been used. Everything else including hair dressers, malls etc etc is closed. Only home delivery available.

60 people who were previously confirmed they are infected have been charged and arrested for breaking quarantine. Notice issued on radio and media this morning people will be heavily fined and jailed going forward for breaking quarantine.

The sky over UAE, normally very congested is very quiet, just freighters.

I drove past Dubai's 2nd airport yesterday, its completely full of Emirates airlines planes, double parked, triple parked, quadruple parked, they only operate 777 and 380's so a sight to be hold to see over 150 very expensive pieces of hardware doing nothing parked neatly in lines.

In some areas people in the streets have been told to go home by the police.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

When I arrived in Australia 21 years ago and rode a tram for the first time, I leaned sideways to remove my backpack and got too close to the passenger in the adjacent seat.  My relative told me that this was not acceptable in Australia even if I didn't physically touch him / her.  I have been avoiding doing the same ever since whichever country I'm in.  I'm surprised to learn that people nowadays are not observing social distance with or without epidemic.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Great example on how companies build a marketing campaign for a bail out.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/crisis-talks-as-melbournes-train-tram-passenger-numbers-slump-by-90
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Doesn't the government hold the revenue for the trains and trams?

If so, there's no need for a bailout as the government just needs to keep on making their contracted payments to the operators and the operators need to keep on running the services they are contracted to run. Nothing else to negotiate.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
No information coming out of Beyond Rail about resumption of services but now with the WA border to remained closed https://t.co/ye14yEgNdX it does look like the Indian Pacific might be parked in Adelaide for a while longer.  Beyond Rail may just need some much needed cash from the Government to stay afloat.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Latest POM report performance can be found here https://www.portofmelbourne.com/wp-content/uploads/Port-of-Melbourne-Response-to-COVID-19-Update-6.pdf sees trade almost down almost 10%.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

No information coming out of Beyond Rail about resumption of services but now with the WA border to remained closed https://t.co/ye14yEgNdX it does look like the Indian Pacific might be parked in Adelaide for a while longer.  Beyond Rail may just need some much needed cash from the Government to stay afloat.
bevans
Journey Beyond (not 'Beyond Rail') has a fairly robust business model which will be able to go into 'hibernation' for a while before resuming more or less unharmed. They are probably able to access JobKeeper for their permanent staff.

Lots of their contractors and suppliers may need more help though.

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