So today I spoke to a NSW RTA Spokesperson, who provided with facts and figures he seemed like what ever questions you would ask of him he would have an answer for. In fact he would over and beyond - some one that would be used a 'Brains Trust' for a Transport Forum or similar.
I also support after announcing my position as 'President of the Mount Fruity Commuters Improvement Group! and also an Intern Vice-President of the western Sydney Public Transport Users', that is what sparks these people to hold their head high and talk as well.
These are the statistics that was provided to me:
- That on the Sydney Harbour Bridge 350 buses take 19,000 passengers per hour across the bridge, whilst trains take 21,000 commuters across the same bridge.
- A new single bus costs the NSW Government between $650,000- $750,000 on the road.
- The Parramatta Free Bus Shuttle all costs add up $600,000 per year, previously operated by Parramatta Council and Parramatta Leagues Club.
- That buses will be replaced once they reach 12 years on road service - there is only one Bus Operator that has more than 12 year old buses and there buses will soon be replaced with new ones!
- In relation to possible Light Rail in Western Sydney - claims that the their wouldn't be enough numbers to fulfil patronage numbers.
- Older buses are used on school runs whether it be to and from school on daily basis or school excursions leaving the newer buses for the general bus commuters
Transport Quiz : How long is the length an average bus in Sydney
and Greater Western Sydney?
From the NSW RTA Site the answer is 14.5 metres. Something I didn't know and before didn't care. Now I am becoming like the spokesperson from the RTA today a Transport dictionary or knowledge!