You think it’s packed on game days, you should see the place for Dożynki.
The Currie Street InfoCentre will permanently close at 5pm, 13 September 2019The Adelaide Metro InfoCentre on Currie Street will permanently close from 5pm Friday 13 September 2019.Obviously this is because the Government wants less FTEs (Full Time Equivalents) on the books. Let's face it a vending machine doesn't cost WAGES. Pay an arm and a leg for a rental machine but don't pay wages.
Due to plans to redevelop the site, the lease on the Currie Street InfoCentre site cannot be extended.
Customers can continue to access services online or by phone, with a metroCARD agent, or at one of our vending machines.
Alternatively, customers can undertake all transactions at the Adelaide Railway Station Info Centre (500m away on North Terrace).
I'm guessing there are no empty buildings in Rundle Mall or Currie/Grenfell st's where they could open a new information centre.
Meanwhile in the Hills, i caught a Belair train the other day to look for geo-caches in Eden Hills, and i noticed that all houses and buildings behind Torrens Park railway station have been demolished. Maybe Adelaide Metro is going to finally upgrade that patchwork quilt of a station into something more sustainable for the local area.It's not exactly the Taj Mahal of stations*, but it does seem more than adequate for the low patronage it receives. People get on trains, people get off trains, job done.
"Oh noes, we bought an apartment next to a railway line and now we have to listen to trains. Make the trains stop! We can't be bothered getting double-glazing..."No, the land there is just for regular sale to whom ever is dumb enough to buy it.Or to nimby's that will buy a property there and then complain about the noise the trains make.
Meanwhile a fight erupted on a train at Kilburn Station on the Gawler line last night due to a young out of control bogan refusing to validate his ticket after being confronted by the PSA who was only doing his job. Two Security men quickly intervened and removed this violent passenger from the rail-car.Par for the course on a Gawler train these days at certain times. Why they have to go ape when caught though gets me I have seen one do it at Woodville who got caught in a snap ticket check biltz on the line. No need for it really do the crime then do the time or in this case pay the fine anyway. Glad to see he was removed though and hopefully he will now get slugged a lot more that if he had bought and validated a ticket again you cannot work them out. Sure the tickets etc are not cheap, but they are cheaper than any 3 figure fine though before you get to the cents.
Also, how does a paper ticket get its time and date printed on the back.Inside the validators on buses and those built into ticket vending machines, there is a magnetic information read/write head below the slot where the ticket goes in, and a small printer above it.
If the stripe is on the back when validated, how does the machine know what ticket it is?!The validator reads the information from the magnetic strip on the back, which is essentially a very low capacity floppy disk.
Don't make me photograph the stupid thing?Wikipedia has some old photos - interestingly they were contributed by Caleb Bond before he shot to fame as the teenaged shining wit with his own Advertiser column.
The Adelaide train system only carries 14.5 m passengers per year, so it is defintely not ready for 6-car EMUs. They have made a wise choice of running short trains at high frequency (like Perth) rather than long trains at low frequency (like Brisbane or Melbourne). The system serves 4 main marketsI am well aware of the limitations of this system, it is basically a south to north east demographric system, I have been to Adelaide several times and running two car choochoos is laughable, minimum, of three car trains is required thus encouraging more use. I acknowledge that Adelaide is eay to drive around but the Adelaide Metro is under utilised and needs better management.
- peak hour commuting to jobs in the CBD (but the CBD is not a strong employment focus in Adelaide)
- secondary students going to school
- passengers on concession fares (on Adelaide's train, bus and tram system only 21m of 75m ticket sales were regular fares, the remainder were various concessions)
- events at the Adelaide Oval
Apart from peak hour Adelaide is easy to drive around, which means its train system has peaky demand. For CBD commuters the system has a high peak frequency of 15 minutes or better on nearly all lines, but outside of the peaks it's only every 30 minutes except for the Seaford Line and major stations on the Gawler Line, where it's a 15 minute interpeak frequency. We can't expect much increase in patronage without an increase in CBD employment.
To their credit the South Australian government has upgraded all the suburban lines (to make up for years of deferred maintenance). The foundations have been rebuilt with new or reworked ballast, and geotextile to keep water out of the track foundation. The trains ride more smoothly than in Melbourne, but not as smoothly as in Tokyo. Most of the stations have also been rebuilt with level boarding, which is a rarity in Melbourne. Their planners also place a higher priority on inter-peak frequency than in Melbourne on their two highest-patronage lines. They are doing what they can in a hostile environment.