A few comments/observations on a number of Tony P's recent posts:
"Sorry, but I see the privates working very well indeed both in Illawarra and in Perth. The other thing is that the great bulk of drivers working for new contractors in the STA regions will be taken up from the STA so they will be the same drivers (unfortunate imho as they are a surly, rude, rough-driving mob). "
I don't know which 'mob' you are referring to but as someone who uses STA most week days and some weekends in the Eastern Region I must say that the vast majority of our bus drivers are courteous, friendly and approachable. It is commonplace to hear passengers thanking the drivers as the passengers alight the vehicle.
"It's really up to TfNSW to enforce matters like policy on doors. It's an example of their weakness that they don't universally."
Correct and it is also TfNSW who specify and purchase the buses (both STA and private) and they continue to allow the privates to order buses without or with minuscle back doors and most privates in Sydney direct their drivers to not open rear doors in service, so the privates are a long way behind STA. Bus life 25 years so there is a long way to go before operations become effective in terms of physically possible entry by the back door in privately operated regions, at least all new STA artics are opening all three doors.
"The buck stops at the top. Perth has a very good top, Sydney doesn't."
Agreed and the top in this case in NSW is TfNSW.
"The Sydney trams are running under an operating contract."
I would hardly call that an example of a well run and operating system.
"TfNSW has advised that they are running extra trams on the line today. Presumably there is provision for this if it is a well-prepared operating contract. "
Do you really believe that that happened? It was a typical TfNSW press handout with little reference to reality, TfNSW can't even get the IWLR to run a reasonable (as opposed to a good) service. It doesn't matter how good the operating contract is if it is not enforced. What was the penalty or rather was a penalty even applied when operational incompetence required all variotrams wheels to be replaced with a two week shut down of the IWLR (I suggest it was swept under the carpet).