Re: Re: Sydney Metro
  Richard Youl

Some people prefer to stand rather then sit next to a stranger, especially if they are travelling with friends and adjacent seats are not available.

Nevertheless I would expect that at busy times many who want to sit must stand.


On 11 Jun 2019, at 8:31 pm, Brian bblunt@...> wrote:

One of the biggest pre-complaints about the metro has been that would be "nowhere to sit, everyone will have to stand for 37 minutes".

So I went for a ride on it on Sunday. Not crowded by any means. But more than half the passengers chose to stand the whole way, while there still plenty of seats available.

They are already claiming 1,000, 000 pax in the first two weeks.


----- Original Message -----
From: tramsdownunder@...


Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:11:56 +1000
RE: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Sydney Metro

I don't know if it qualifies as a "Metro" but I have ridden the elevated railway in Bangkok and it works as I'd expect a Metro would.

Four doors per side
A single row of seats between the doors, backs to the windows.
Lots of standing room and lots of grab holds
Full "walk through" between carriages
Turn up and go
Only some platforms with platform screens (but with each trip back this is increasing)

Every platform had markings on the ground showing people where to stand to line up and to allow people off first and trains lining the markings up perfectly with every door opening automatically. Air conditioning set to refrigeration levels.
As far as I could tell the driver was actually driving and controlling the doors.
It all worked very well but I must say it was probably primarily because the people were used to it and knew how to use it. The foreigners on the other hand...

William - will be back there soon enough

-----Original Message-----
From:tramsdownunder@... [] On Behalf Of Paul Nicholson
Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 5:55 PM
Subject: RE: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Sydney Metro

From reading the various postings on here and other groups, it would appear the Sydney Metro doesn't enjoy the support or approval of enthusiasts?

I will be seeing for myself next Tuesday. I have ridden automated metros in several places such as Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. My impressions have been good but I am not a technical person.

Last week, I experienced the Canberra light rail and was impressed, particularly with the cleanliness of the vehicles. Spotless vehicles seem to be an important feature of modern systems. And the speed of the Canberra "trams"!

It's a disappointment to see the general condition of trams in Melbourne but one has to make allowance that people (i.e. tram "customers") are generally grubbier and smellier than elsewhere. The E class are pretty good, however.

Paul in Melbourne

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