The private operator buses would not have their Opal machinesprogrammed for STA runs, so riders could not be charged. ----- Original Message -----From:TramsDownUnder@...To:"TramsDownUnder@yahoogroups.com"
Sent:Fri, 19 May 2017 12:29:13 +1000Subject:[TramsDownUnder] IWLR during the bus strike [6 Attachments]
I went over to the Taverners Hill tram stop yesterday afternoon tosee if enormous hordes had flocked to the IWLR during the bus strike -apparently not. I was on the inbound platform between about 5:00pm to5:45, and took these pics. Despite mention in traffic and transportreports there was extra services running I saw little different fromthe usual operation with the normal wide variation in headway -longest 12 minutes, shortest 5. I was concentrating on outboundservices to see if there was a noticeable increase in passengernumbers. Trams were well filled but not more than usual, and alightingpassengers at Taverners Hill were about the usual numbers.I - 2115 inbound and 2116 outbound at Taverners Hill departing theirrespective platforms, just after 5pm. Six passengers alighted from2016, two boarded 2015.2 - 2114 at 5:10 with the passengers who’d just got off.3 - Two of the hired buses substituting for STA service on ParramattaRd, viewed from the Taverners Hill stop looking west, returning emptyto the city. They carried passengers inbound in the morning, outboundin the evening, but didn’t display destinations, only route numberson cards or stickers. I don’t know if fares were taken.4 - 2122 heading for Dulwich Hill, around 5:20. As it got darker youcould see through the AOA that onboard loads were high, but trams areusually well filled anyway around this time.5 - By 5:35 it was getting dark. This pic confirms what I thought Ispotted the other day - formerly ad-less 2123, inbound, now hasexternal advertising on three body sections.6 - Last pic - 2118 at 5:45. Two got off, one got on, car well filledwith most seats occupied and several standees.Tony G