The GC buses also sit at stops when a little early, which is not too often and not for very long.
However where could trams stop on, for example, Route 19? There is a safety zone at Coburg, one at the top of Royal Pde, and that is about all.
Glenferrie Rd is even more impossible.
There simply needs to be a bit more allowance for inadvertent early running.. In earlier times, running times were often so tight that rarely could you run early even if you wanted to.
Rail operators and train drivers have it so much easier.
> On 20 Apr 2017, at 4:13 pm, Matthew Geiermatthew@... [TramsDownUnder] TramsDownUnder@...> wrote:
> On 20/04/17 15:08, Richard Youltressteleg@... [TramsDownUnder]
> > Overall, too much emphasis in is placed on precise running times,
> > something impossible to achieve by any vehicle running on streets with
> > other road users. Passengers often can tell whether you are running fast
> > or dragging the road, and it is ridiculous to have to run very slow just
> > because this time all the traffic lights are green and fewer than usual
> > cars blocking the way. You can't stop a tram just anywhere to wait for
> > the clock to catch up.
> My local buses run slow and sometimes just sit at stops - particularly
> on holidays when the traffic is light, due to running ahead of table.
> The drivers sit at the stop till the clock clicks over.
> Now with all buses GPS tracked by the Opal equipment, running early and
> late is all recorded. Will even show up on my phone when a driver
> accidentally takes a wrong turn - the little pin shows where the bus
> really is, not where it's supposed to be.
> Trams could just wait at certain stops where they are clear of other
> road traffic.
> Of course this sort of thing rather ticks off the passengers. :-)