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    • Originally posted by Gus.chong:

      It sounds as if the ADL DDs are using underfloor aircon....

      Sounds like it, indeed!

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    • Originally posted by lemon1974:

      So which feeder bus services have sloppy frequencies during PM? What is your ideal frequency for feeder during AM/PM peak? 3 mins one bus and must deploy DD for each bus?

      it is a pity that you did not work at the LTA Bus planning dept.. You should go and get a job there... We will be grateful for all the med to long haul routes that you will introduce if you are working in LTA.

      this job is good for you.. but maybe pay too low for you.

      Assistant/Deputy Manager, Bus Service Development

      Eh link cannot see!teeth.png

      Me interested. See see ^^v

      Edited by SBS2601D 15 Oct `14, 6:27PM
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    • Originally posted by Rtay548:

      Did you know...that fare distances displayed on SBS Transit buses could be wrong at boarding? The values are usually less than what they should be, that is, on SVC9, instead of 17.5km opposite Airline House, it shows as 16.9km.

      The bus driver is been shown two locations on his ticketing console, one showing the current location and the other one the next loc ation. When the VLS is slow to update the location of the bus, he would not know the differences as both plac es are shown.

      When the VLS is not working properly, the bus driver would have to manually control the fare distances and this usually shown up as less than the actual value, resulting a longer distance travelled and more fares charged to the Ezlink card at alighting.

      Singaporeans do not like to know much abfout the ticketing system as they deemed it too technical for them to know. This nonchalant mentality allows the bus companies to overcharge without the need to refund them as nobody actually seek for any refunds.

      The VLS works by GPS, which to compensate for inherent inaccuracies, registers the fare stages by detections of the bus arriving within certain radius to the bus-stop.

      If for some reason, the GPS is totally useless, the bus will use the odometer for dead reckoning.

      Systems that use GPS and dead-reckoning will never be 100% accurate. This is particularly true for buses that pass bus-stops without stopping as it may not give enough time for the VLS to figure out where it is, especially in densely built up areas like CBD, and underground areas like many interchanges now.

      If you want the most accurate way out, you use locationing beacons and plant them at every single bus-stop. But will you want to fork out that $$$?

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    • Originally posted by TPS Timothy Mok:

       

      Loyang Depot will be the next followed by Ang Mo Kio, the only depot who had height restrictions.

      Waaaa.

      Your friend at LTA tell you this ah?

      I can imagine this sort of info is very sensitive you know.

      But its ok la. 

      There are a lot of people who dont mind getting into trouble from time to time!

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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      Bukit Batok is the first to receive many of the new initatives by SMRT Buses, including:

      - New generation of service guides
      - New bus information panel and interactive board
      - New side panel on buses, near the entrance door
      - New livery OC and Citaro

      As Bukit Batok is to become part of the first tender under the new competitive tendering model, it is clear SMRT is trying its best to retain this territory and perhaps even go on the offensive.

      On this basis I would not be surprised if the MAN DD ends up on route 106.

      Possible!

      We shall see in the coming months.

      The tender for that package should be out quite soon I think.

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    • Originally posted by wsy1234:

      can check to spec from LTA about this man dd?

      You want to get template answer again?

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    • Yeah well.

      Birds of the same flock.

      Sheeps of the same herd.

      Lamb to the slaughter.

      Whatever.

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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      There are lobbyists who know how to kick their "feedback" higher than the rest. More people are learning their tactics to make themselves "heard" or to sell their "solutions".

      The rest would simply be compiled into pie charts, only worth looking into if there is enough numbers to look significant. As we already know the normal channels usually end up going nowhere simply due to the sheer volume, as you have just mentioned.

       

      Its not that hard.

      I have heard of people writing to every MP possible. PM Lee included!

      Many would even go as far as to say that the govt owes them a living.

      That sort of statement is difficult to bat away, and still produces sub-optimal results.

       

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    • Originally posted by wsy1234:

      I think also transport minister keeping changing and LTA now try to create great wall of toll charges between JB and woodands 

      Charge also no use. All the LTA monies all end up at MOF. COE la. ARF la. etc etc

      Few people realise that.

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    •  

      It feels sooooo like above: Strategic incompetence!icon_mrgreen.gif

      In any case:

      Anybody reads Dilbert?

      I like it, and have been reading it daily for quite a while. 

       

       

       

      Edited by SBS2601D 14 Sep `14, 11:03PM
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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      There is an economical case for hybrid buses - Reduced fuel consumption that translates to reduced running costs.

      The costs of diesel is not going to stay where it is now for the next 15 years.

      A bit hard to say.

      The mainteinance cost of the hybrid bus and the high CAPEX might still not make it feasible.

      Not sure about reliability of hybrid buses, but the SBST China-made ones were certainly not quite there judging from the down-times they had.

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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      But I would see this as a more solid attempt to hire more drivers locally. Even the usual import sources are starting to dry up, so operators need new and very different ways to get drivers.

      I think it wouldn't be any more complex than what a taxi driver is currently doing, but I do agree that it will be hard for some to pick up the knowledge. It may sound like a surprise to you but in different parts of the world where I have experienced, it is very common to hear drivers making a wrong turn or struggling to set the fare device because it is their first week or even day at work.

      Agreed to first para!

      But I think it does suggest our fundamental mindset towards driving a bus (low value skilled job). Or in fact, towards many jobs in SG, where we value plenty of arguably unproductive (as comparison to) activities such as property speculation, sales, finance, etc etc.

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    • I personally think this move suggests that SMRT has no idea where the bus industry is heading towards......either that or they dont care. Or they think that the bus pax flow is too peakish to handle with current pool of full-time drivers.

      Personally, I can't imagine a part-timer bothering to learn everything about how to use the complicated new systems like the IBMS, the fare systems etc etc. Industry insiders might wish to correct me at this point however if they disagree.

       

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    • Nobody picked up on 2 big news?

      1. Part-time drivers for hire.

      2. Dedicated training centre.

      Or people only interested in the metal frames of the bus and go ga-ga over the door-hinges?

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    • Originally posted by Gus.chong:

      I really like the way you voice out against him...lately I have also learnt a few tricks from him...by replying in a sarcastic manner against his posts instead of confronting him directly.

      Hehe.

      After so long, I still cannot ever understand half your posts.

      But its ok...

      We are all humans, and we heal the world, and make it a better place, for you and for me, and the entire human race ~~

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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      Everyone want to provide "feedback". I pity the decision maker.

      Actually I dont.

      They are the ones who implemented the "No wrong door" policy.

      I pity rather the foot soldiers who are actually employed to answer feedback.

      If we agree for example, that at least in some cases, the quality of the student is but a reflection of that of the teacher, then the quality of the "template answers" can be the relection of that of the feedback.

      Mind you, every single feedback that goes to the Authority is likely to have been approved by some big-shot, silly feedback or not. After all, if they kena complaints about quality of reply, they have to answer for it, not the foot soliders. Therefore the above para stands!

      That said, the volume of feedback in recent years have become so much that the Authority hired people JUST TO ANSWER FEEDBACK. Or at least literally.

      When you get inudated by the same request again and again, do you honestly think the Authority would be doing creative answers to pander to every single feedback? A template answer is but a reflection of this issue.

      Some "feedbacks" are also little more than poorly disguised attempts at selling their "solutions". Albeit one with poor research into the actual problems that SG transport system faces.

      Can you imagine what the poor foot soldiers face everyday? Do these people here stop to think?

      Of course not.....the Dilbert comic below should illustrate the point. 

      Edited by SBS2601D 14 Sep `14, 9:42AM
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    • Originally posted by carbikebus:

      No wonder he knew about loadings and deployment plannings..so he got a friend in LTA?Wow

      LTA has got 5K - 6K people.

      I am not sure if its the biggest stat board, but its definitely one of the biggest.

      So actually all the Ah De and Ah Kao, Ah Beng, Ah Lian in Singapore, all know some Ah Tom, Ah Dick and Ah Harry inside.

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      Edited by SBS2601D 12 Sep `14, 11:48PM
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    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      blah blah blah... nuisance creator on the forum!

       

      T'was they say: Let sleeping dogs lie!

       

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    • Originally posted by dupdup77:

      Hi mr wsy1234, this is an out-of-the-box idea which I welcome but I believe LTA is rigid. They will not explore this. Cheers.

      I dont for once believe LTA stands for Littoral Transport Authority.

      So yeah, maybe they are as fluid as water is rigid in your sense then.