The City Glider is a typical high-frequency, limited stop service such as
you find in most Australian cities. The stops are specifically identifed
and electronic wayfinding information/ announcements are provided on the
buses, so it would be a pretty obtuse passenger who would expect it to stop
at every normal bus stop. Most city bus users in Australian would be very
familiar with this type of service. The Blue City Glider runs every 5
minutes in peak and both routes otherwise have a 10-15 minute headway and
24 hour operation Friday and Saturday and I believe carries over 2 million
passengers per year. The main issue is that such services obviously don't
have the capacity of a tram service, but this one is not a bad effort at
all and the capacity may be adequate for the time-being. These busy bus
routes also help identify where future tram routes might go.
The CityGlider attracts my interest because the RTBU has no problem with
its all-door loading, whereas in Sydney the RTBU is militantly against
all-door loading. Go figure.
On Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:23:37 UTC+11, Richard Youl wrote:
> ISTR that the blue City Glider buses were his answer to a proposed
> tramline along a similar route. What really endears them to the casual
> passenger is that they skip a number of stops used by all other buses along
> the way so you’ve got no idea where the rotten things are going to let you
> off. With all-over colouring, you can’t even see if anybody is riding
> unless you get on.