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13th April 2021

Citytrain rollingstock shortage - 3 car services in peak

Greetings,

Some of our members have reported that some 3 car train services have been deployed recently during peak times (1, 2).  We understand that there is a rollingstock shortage due to the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) train Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) upgrade program, the retirement of the older trains such as Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) and InterCity Express (ICE) trains and some earlier Suburban Multiple Unit (SMU) trains are out of service. The TransLink service capacity tracker ( https://translink.com.au/travel-with-us/covid-19/capacity-tracker ) is not real-time information, so the unexpected deployment of 3 car trains in the peak can catch passengers out. We expect this rollingstock shortage might be prolonged as NGR trains are yet to be fitted with European Train Control System equipment as well.

We think that mandatory masks on public transport in SEQ should be maintained if broader restrictions are eased. It is not possible to social distance on public transport at peak times generally, and often out of peak as well.  Unexpected 3 car train services compound the problems.

Best wishes,

Robert

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Reference:

1. BrizCommuter: QR's 3-Car COVID Disgrace
https://brizcommuter.blogspot.com/2021/04/qrs-3-car-covid-disgrace.html

2. Rollingstock shortages https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=14231.0
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Re: 13 Apr 2021: Citytrain rollingstock shortage - 3 car services in peak
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2021, 08:52:06 AM »
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