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by rubberman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: O-Bahn
Replies: 1514
Views: 268720

Re: News & Discussion: O-Bahn

Trolley buses are used in so many locations in the world it is impossible to believe we could not build them here. The tech is old, cheap and reliable. Yes, but not many places are building more trolleybus routes. Meanwhile, lots of places are buying battery electric buses. For example, Wellington ...
by rubberman
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: O-Bahn
Replies: 1514
Views: 268720

Re: News & Discussion: O-Bahn

Here is an idea: ground level power supply https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground-level_power_supply like the new trams in Sydney. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/George_Street_near_the_Dymocks_building_December_2017.jpg Trams use the rails as one part of the electrical circuit, w...
by rubberman
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: O-Bahn
Replies: 1514
Views: 268720

Re: News & Discussion: O-Bahn

The O Bahn buses spend a lot of their time on normal roads. Why would travelling on "normal roads" prevent them either using wires..as is the case in many cities worldwide-or as stated above using emerging tech eg hydrogen, or even as is used in some scandanavian countries...at stop charging, if wi...
by rubberman
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: O-Bahn
Replies: 1514
Views: 268720

Re: News & Discussion: O-Bahn

The O-Bahn tunnel was quite cheap at $160 million. The thing is, there are no bus stops inside the tunnel. When you put bus stops in a tunnel, the cost shoots up because the tunnel will be wider where the stops are, plus you need ramps for the pedestrians. It's looking at the problem the wrong way....
by rubberman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: O-Bahn
Replies: 1514
Views: 268720

Re: News & Discussion: O-Bahn

Join up all the basements of buildings along Rundle Mall, and run an O-bahn tunnel with electric buses (to avoid diesel fumes) through them. The shops and arcades already provide natural bridges over the tracks. I don't think that's how tunnelling works. It is actually if you use the "cut and cover...
by rubberman
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4527
Views: 748394

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

Some of the light poles along North Terrace will be replaced over the coming few weeks. Are there any that are still crooked film the original extension works? A 2-year old project and the street lights are already crooked? What happened?? They were crooked from day 1. There were a few posts on thi...
by rubberman
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses
Replies: 1025
Views: 203069

Re: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses

Why can't the buses use the tram track to overtake? It's just another lane. Trams stop in the tram lane, which prevents buses from overtaking. A potential solution might be to have an overtaking lane for trams and buses, but move the tram stop to a side lane too. Trams would get out of the overtaki...
by rubberman
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses
Replies: 1025
Views: 203069

Re: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses

Maybe in the longer term a bus-only tunnel underneath Currie and Greenfell streets would work. I think there is a similar concept in Seattle. Here it could link up with the Obahn tunnel that emerges near East Terrace, and carry people across the CBD with stops near Rundle Street, KWS for tram conne...
by rubberman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses
Replies: 1025
Views: 203069

Re: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses

It need have no more impact to Gawler Place than to any of the other cross streets (Pultney, Frome etc), but it's worth noting Gawler Place is already a cul de sac -- it (rightly) stops dead at the mall. Also, I doubt there's need to worry about trams. If there's ever a tram from Henley, it would m...
by rubberman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses
Replies: 1025
Views: 203069

Re: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses

It need have no more impact to Gawler Place than to any of the other cross streets (Pultney, Frome etc), but it's worth noting Gawler Place is already a cul de sac -- it (rightly) stops dead at the mall. Also, I doubt there's need to worry about trams. If there's ever a tram from Henley, it would m...
by rubberman
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses
Replies: 1025
Views: 203069

Re: News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses

ginzahikari wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:25 pm
I know this sounds far-fetched, but surely they need to leave space for trams to go through under the Adelink tram project.
Buses and trams could use the same lane. There's no reason for separate tram and bus lanes.
by rubberman
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Regional Transport
Replies: 683
Views: 166227

Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

For Kimberley-Clark to get the full benefit, the line needs to be reinstated from their factory all the way through to avoid double handling. For the SA government, it has the problem that this proposal might increase economic activity for export from the Limestone Coast region, but if it does, it'...
by rubberman
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Trams
Replies: 4527
Views: 748394

Re: News & Discussion: Trams

It's quite stupid that they have a separate validator that doesn't work for normal Metrocards... Yes, but it's a lot cheaper. Most people use metro cards. So, this is just for a small mumber of people, maybe. The present trial only has to use a variation of the card reader used in every shop round ...
by rubberman
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Infrastructure/Transport Development
Topic: News & Discussion: Public Transport Contracts, Service & Policy
Replies: 1923
Views: 356518

Re: News & Discussion: Public Transport Contracts, Service & Policy

Or spend far less for necessary education - e.g. addressing the lack of light rail knowledge in SA. Yes. However, for education to happen, you need to have someone with appropriate knowledge doing the educating. With something like light rail vehicle selection, who do we have? Sure, Yarra trams has...