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by rubberman
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

A rumour circulating during the week suggests that Adelaide will likely go ahead and bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games. As the host city will be decided in September this year by the committee, and Adelaide is the preferred candidate already, we have to assume there is now a real chance of being ...
by rubberman
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

So in June 2016, the federal government promised money. "A year later" (June 2017?) , the "State’s Transport Department" (DPTI?) said planning would start soon to be finished by early 2018. Koutsantonis got voted out of government in March 2018, and now it's the Liberals' fault that the plan isn't ...
by rubberman
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

With the more exact wheel tracks used by guided buses, you'd expect that to be much worse unless the road was concrete, like the O-Bahn track. And there goes the biggest part of the cost advantage. Biggest cost advantage? Are you saying laying down concrete on the road is the major cost of a tram s...
by rubberman
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

Trackless tram aren't really trackless, they still have a track, it's just that magnetic material painted on the road. Which sounds fine in theory, but how long after the track is painted on do you think SA Water will swing past and dig sections of it up for repairs and maintenance they haven't coo...
by rubberman
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

The problem is, I don't think the trams are popular amongst liberal OR labor voters. The general population outside of those that use the CBD really don't get it and see the teams as a wasteful folly. the other issue is, as has been noted - the DPTI is woeful at costing and implemtation of the most...
by rubberman
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

I guess it depends on whether the state libs will cooperate - Fed Labor can hardly promise a project the Libs won't build. But if that's the case I hope Labor still tosses some money to PT in SA, maybe by promising contributions to electrifying Outer Harbor line or upgrading Grenfell/Currie to a tr...
by rubberman
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

If they put a tram to infrastructure australia they would have funding pretty quickly you would think. Because it's not economic, I doubt Infrastructure Australia would support it, unless there was a political directive. The whole idea of IA is to sift out the uneconomic schemes. The North Terrace ...
by rubberman
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure
Replies: 512
Views: 76289

Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

So this is a plantation yes? i.e. it was planted with the intention of one day harvesting the crop? In which case I would say there is an element of caveat emptor applies here - don't buy a house next to trees which were always intended to be cut down at some point and then complain when the trees ...
by rubberman
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure
Replies: 512
Views: 76289

Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

I think that what is being overlooked here is that this is a residential area and a designated water reserve. If it was an industrial area, sure, the residents shouldn't complain. However, pulling down trees in a water reserve next to a residential area and putting up what is essentially an industri...
by rubberman
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

Which side of the tram will the platform/boarding area be for the new/reconfigured stops? Which side of the intersection? Does trying to do everything result in a car driving on the tram tracks to turn right, with the platform on its left? Have I missed something obvious? My belief is that the coun...
by rubberman
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

So, if I'm reading Rubberman's post correctly, if two trams approach an intersection at the same time then the right turn arrows will be activated in order to clear cars already waiting to turn right from the tram tracks. But, at some point the arrows will need to become red again to prevent turnin...
by rubberman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

Not really. If you had a right turn arrow cycle that was tram activated, the right arrow would turn green and any cars in front of the tram would clear off out of the way. This is pretty easy to program into traffic light controllers these days. And if there's trams approaching from either directio...
by rubberman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

Yeah, but how hard are right turn arrows? Plus repair of the concrete round the rails instead of speed restrictions. Cheap, quick and effective. I mean they could do right turn arrows within a week or so if they wanted to. Concrete repairs over the next weekend. It's not rocket science. Presumably ...
by rubberman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4107
Views: 504558

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

Is it really necessary to ban 6 right hand turns to allow for 'disability access and replace the tracks in the southern half of the street'? Anything that helps improve the sometimes diabolical tram speed between South Terrace and Rundle Mall is fine by me :) Yeah, but how hard are right turn arrow...