State Transit 85th Anniversary

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Christmas Day 2017 marked 85 years of operation by Sydney’s Government bus operator, the State Transit Authority.

To mark this occasion, State Transit, Transit Graphics, APN Advertising and Townsend Signs have come together to wrap 12 buses in special liveries recalling bygone liveries and historic events over the years.

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Offical Light Rail Stop Names Revealed

In some positive news for the much beleaguered CBD and South East Light Rail project, the Geographical Names Board has officially approved the final stop names for all 19 stops along the route.

Mid last year the NSW government submitted names to the Geographical Names Board, who undertook  community consultation on the Government’s proposed names and received extensive feedback.

The intention of the chosen names is to ensure major destinations including Moore Park, the university, hospitals and the racecourse were recognised, alongside the most major geographical features near the stops.

The official light rail stop names are:

  • Circular Quay
  • Bridge Street
  • Wynyard
  • QVB
  • Town Hall
  • Chinatown
  • Haymarket
  • Central Chalmers Street
  • Surry Hills
  • Moore Park
  • Royal Randwick
  • Wansey Road
  • UNSW High Street
  • Randwick
  • ES Marks
  • Kensington
  • UNSW Anzac Parade
  • Kingsford
  • Nine Ways

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Tallawong Station

It is been announced that the northwest terminus of the new Sydney Metro Northwest line will be Tallawong.

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The station has been known as Cudgegong Road Station during the construction phase. Following community feedback, the station has been named Tallawong, a word with local historical significance that’s derived from the Dharug word ‘dalawang’ for the apple gum tree.

Tallawong Station will serve The Ponds, Rouse Hill and surrounding areas. The station is located between Tallawong and Cudgegong roads. It will be serviced by a new metro train every four minutes in the peak and will have:

  • 1,000 commuter car parking spaces;
  • Four bus bays;
  • 15 kiss-and-ride spaces; and
  • Parking and storage for 55 bicycles

Real Time Train Loadings

From today a number of real time apps such as AnyTrip, NextThere, TripView and others  have been showing real time train loadings for selected services.

This allows customers to see how crowded each indivual carriage on a service is and how that is likely to affect loadings at other stops based on historical data. This will help to allow customers to choose a carriage that is less crowded. You can see the approximate number of seats available or if the carriage is standing room only.

This is currently only available for services run by “Waratah” A set and selected “Millennium” M set trains. The system works by using weight sensors installed in the train to make an estimate of the number of customers in the carriages at any one time.

Where Can You Fly? – Qantas International

As requested, this week we will be looking at all the places you can fly Qantas internationally from their main hub here in Sydney.

Qantas has been flying internationally from Sydney since the late 1930s, with flights to Singapore via Darwin and to Auckland. Over time it expanded, contracted and then again expanded its network of international destinations. Round the world flights from Sydney operated through the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Today, Qantas flies to 24 international destinations across all the inhabited continents from Sydney. These flights vary in their frequency from 3 weekly during peak season only to more than 5 daily flights.

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The destinations and aircraft that fly there are listed below.

  • Auckland – A330, 737
  • Bangkok – A330
  • Beijing – A330
  • Christchurch – 737
  • Dallas-Fort Worth – A380
  • Denpasar – 737
  • Hong Kong – A330, A380, 747
  • Honolulu – A330
  • Jakarta – A330
  • Johannesburg – 747
  • London (via Singapore) – A380
  • Los Angeles – A380, 747
  • Manila – A330
  • New York JFK (via Los Angeles) – 747
  • Noumea – 737
  • Osaka – A330
  • Queenstown – 737
  • San Francisco – 747
  • Santiago – 747
  • Shanghai Pudong – A330
  • Singapore – A330, A380
  • Tokyo Haneda – 747
  • Vancouver – 747
  • Wellington – 737

Farewell Region 6 – What Routes Are Being Privatised Anyway?

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Transport for NSW and State Transit have this week finally revealed what routes are actually counted as Region 6 and therefore will be handed over to Transit Systems on July 1.

Due to the highly interconnected nature of the STA network, where many routes operated across multiple regions using buses from both regions, this was a complex task. All the routes assigned to either the remaining STA regions or TSA had to be able to be completed with the buses and staff already in that region. This has meant that some cross regional routes, reaching into areas outside of R6 will also be sold off, whilst other routes with large stretches inside R6 will be kept in STA hands.

The following list of routes will be operated by Transit Systems Australia (TSA) from July 1 2018

305, 308, 348 & 389.
401, 406, 407, 408, 412, 413, 415, 418, 422, 423, 425, 426, 428, 431, 433, 436, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 444, 445, 460, 461, 464, 466, 470, 473, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 483, 487, 490, 491, 492 & 493.
502, 504, 508, 526 & 530.
L23, L28, L37, L38 & L39.
X04, X25 & X26.
M10, M30, M41 & M50.

The following routes currently operated by State Transit (STA) Region 6 have been reallocated to other STA regions and will continue to be operated by STA .

301, 303, 309, 343, 352, 355 & 370.
400, 410 & 458.
501, 506, 510 & 525.

Featured Bus Route – May 2018

This month we will be featuring State Transit Route 415. It is one of the routes that will be handed over to Transit Systems on July 1 as part of the Region 6 Privatisation.

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Route 415 currently operates between Campsie and Chiswick via Belmore, Strathfield, Burwood and Five Dock.

Route 415 has been operated by STA since the 1940s. It initially operated between Belmore Station and Burwood Station, serviced by Burwood depot. When Kingsgrove depot opened in 1948, they took responsibility for the operation of the route, which they continue to have to this day. The route has since been extended from Belmore Station to Campsie Station. In the 2010 Inner West Bus network review, Route 415 was further extended from Burwood to Chiswick via Five Dock as a replacement for the discontinued route 409.

The 415 operates daily between 5am and 8pm. It has a frequency of every 30 minutes throughout the day, with extra services operating between Strathfield and Campsie during peak hours and some trips starting from Kingsgrove depot before 7am.

Bus Timetable Changes – May 6

There are some major timetable changes for bus services occurring on May 6. These changes affect services in the Inner West and Northern Suburbs areas serviced by State Transit. Changes will also occur for some Busways Central Coast services and Busabout Camden Services. Some minor minor scheduling changes for a limited number of services across Sydney will also happen at this time to better reflect current travel times.

Transport for NSW claims that these changes will provide greater travel options and more frequent services across a variety of routes, listed below.

Inner West Changes

  • Increased services for routes 444, 464, 466, 504, L38 and L39
  • Minor timetable adjustments for routes 303, 423, 426 and 428
  • Route 422 will be changed to run between Kogarah and City Central only. The route will also run via Parramatta Road and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Missenden Road).
  • Routes 462 and 463 will be withdrawn. Services will instead be provided by routes 464 and 466 which will be changed to no longer go via Strathfield station.
  • Route X03 will be withdrawn. Services will instead be provided by route 303.

Northern Suburbs Changes

  • Increased services for routes 501, 506, 507, 518, 521, 546, 549, M52 and M54.
  • Minor timetable adjustments for routes 500, 510, 513, 515, X15, X18, 521, 525, 540, 541, 543, 544, 552 and 553.
  • Route 545 will be changed to run between Parramatta and Macquarie Park only. The route will also run along Waterloo Road direct, with services in Fontenoy Road provided by new route 259.
  • New route 259 will be introduced to connect Macquarie Centre to Chatswood via Macquarie Park and North Ryde, replacing the section of route 545 between Macquarie Centre and Chatswood.
  • Routes 547 and 550 will be withdrawn. Services will instead be provided by route 545 which will be changed to now go via Macarthur Street.

Central Coast Changes

  • Increased services for routes 37 and 38
  • Minor timetable adjustments for routes 36 and 64
  • Routes 378 and 387 will be withdrawn. Services will instead be provided by routes 37 and 38

Camden Changes

  • Route 896 will be changed to run between Oran Park and Campbelltown direct. The route will no longer go via Gregory Hills, or divert via Smeaton Grange during peak hours. Services will instead be provided by Routes 841, 850 and 897 
  • New route 897 will run between Campbelltown and Smeaton Grange during weekday morning and afternoon peak times. replacing the section of route 896 in Smeaton Grange

Qantas 747 Retirement Date Set, 787s coming to Sydney

Qantas has today announced that they will be ordering a further six Boeing 787-9 aircraft, to be delivered in 2019-2020. These new 787 orders are in addition to the four currently on order and will take the size of the 787 fleet to 14.

As part of this, Qantas plans to accelerate the retirement of their remaining 10 Boeing 747-400 aircraft, with all aircraft leaving the fleet by November 2020. VH-OEB, the oldest of the 747s at 25 years old will be retired in July, whilst the ER variants built in 2003 – 2004 will be the last to leave the fleet.

This decision marks the end of an era for Qantas, who has operated the “Queen of the Sky” since 1971. They have operated multiple variants including dozens of individual aircraft and a stint being the worlds only 747 exclusive operator. It will mean that in 2020, for the first time in 49 years that there will be no more 747s in the Qantas fleet.

As most the 747s are based in Sydney, this will see some  787s based in Sydney. Currently no Qantas 787s fly into Sydney on a regular basis as they based in Brisbane and Melbourne. The aircraft will be used on routes to destinations such as Johannesburg, Santiago and San Francisco.

Much of the scheduling is still to be worked out, but here at Transport NSW blog, we don’t believe that all 747s will be replaced by 787s. We are tipping A380s for Hong Kong and A330s for Tokyo as these aircraft are more suited to the shorter higher demand nature of these routes. For these same reasons, we think that Hong Kong and Tokyo will be the last Qantas 747 routes. Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed, but we love to speculate.

What are your opinions on retirement of the Queen of the Sky? Will you be sad to see the 747 go, or welcome the arrival of the high tech modern 787s? Let us know in the comments

Farewell Region 6 – Tempe Depot

Tempe Bus Depot is one of the four bus depots currently operated by STA in Region 6 that will be handed over to TSA on July 1st.

The site opened as a tram depot on 15 September 1912 . In 1954, the site was converted into a bus depot to service government bus services in the Southern Suburbs of Sydney. The new depot was needed to take pressure off Kingsgrove depot which was struggling with the large amount tram replacement work during the closure of the Sydney Tram Network.

After 38 years of service, the original Tempe bus depot closed in 1992 and services were reallocated to Kingsgrove and Port Botany Depots.  The site then became the Sydney Bus Museum until 2010, when the museum relocated to Leichhardt Tramsheds.

The bus depot reopened in late 2010 as a depot dedicated to operating articulated buses for the new Metrobus network. The use of Tempe depot as a dedicated Metrobus depot was later deemed to be inefficiency. This was because most of the Metrobus routes (with the expection of the southern terminus of routes M20 and M30) had their terminus tens of kilometres away from Tempe depot These inefficiencies led to the relocation of some Metrobus services to other depots including Leichhardt, North Sydney and Randwick in 2013. As part of this optimisation of services, some regular STA services commenced out of Tempe depot for the first time in over 20 years late in 2013.

The depot currently is home to 85 buses, a mixture between 18 metre articulated buses for Metrobus services and 12.5 rigid buses for regular STA services. They service the southern most routes in the STA network, with a major hub in Rockdale.

Where Can You Fly? – South East Asia

Today we are looking at Where You Can Fly in South East Asia.

There are 10 different destinations across 7 different countries that you can fly to in South East Asia from Sydney. 15 different airlines service flights including AirAsia X, Air Niugini, British Airways, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Jetstar, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Virgin Australia.

The airlines all use a variety of planes on the routes. Narrowbody 737 aircraft make a showing on selected flights to Denpasar, however mostly all flights are on widebody aircraft. Notable models include Emirates A380s to Bangkok, Malaysia Airlines A380s to Kuala Lumpur, Qantas A380s to Singapore, Singapore Airlines A380s to Singapore and Thai Airways 747s to Bangkok. Other flights are typically operated by either a 777, 787 or A330.

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Destinations include;

  • Bangkok – Emirates, Qantas, Thai Airways
  • Denpasar – Garuda Indonesia, Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
  • Hanoi – Vietnam Airlines
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Jetstar, Vietnam Airlines
  • Jakarta – Garuda Indonesia, Qantas
  • Kuala Lumpur – AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines
  • Manila – Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Qantas
  • Phuket – Jetstar
  • Port Moresby – Air Niugini
  • Singapore – British Airways,  Qantas, Scoot, Singapore Airlines