|Eddy Avenue tram rails|
|Current Eddy Avenue bus set down stop|
Buses set down on both sides of crossing if necessary
Currently, bus services from Foveaux Street, Elizabeth Street and Chalmers Street set down passengers to the west of the crossing officially, but on either side if necessary. The 378 buses in particular are packed to the rafters when they reach here in contrast to the 380 and 333 buses which are almost empty at the Phillip Street terminus. I will include a Google Earth satellite view so you can make comparisons with the all that we know of the plans of TfNSW.
|Eddy Avenue/ Elizabeth St. intersection|
Buses will be forced to set down passengers to the west of the tram overpass which is to the west of the pedestrian crossing to Central Electric Station - how far west is impossible to know since the plan of the bike lanes have been cropped. Incredibly, the alignment diagram prepared by TfNSW does not show any pedestrian crossings across Eddie Avenue despite this being one of the most heavily used crossings in NSW.
|Eddy Street pedestrian crossing|
The alignment diagrams appear to show a crossing of the tram rails to the east of the sandstone pillars of the tram overpass but bus passengers dumped on the island to the west of the pillars would cross the tracks where they alighted, at their own peril. Open ended pedestrian barriers are eschewed in the civilised world since pedestrians can be trapped and forced to try and outrun the trams, to the amusement/horror of onlookers, but O'Farrell is not bound by the mores of civilised society - anything could happen.
The invalidated alignment diagrams released to Sydney City Council confirm that when a juggernaut is inching slowly onto the third rail in order to turn around pedestrians from Central waiting to cross behind it will be completely blindsided, as they say in North America, to trams zipping out from under the colonnade, as mentioned in the last post. But pity the poor people on the Eddie Avenue traffic island, whether they arrived there by bus or a deleted pedestrian crossing. They must wait for the juggernaut to make its way fully onto the middle rail, wait with growing impatience while the driver opens the doors and descends on to the track (hopefully not into the path of a tram from Rawson Place), walks to the other coupled tram to the jeers of the onlookers, opens the doors of the other tram (presumably with a remote), settles himself back into the drivers seat and sets off again in the other direction. Only then can the crowds that have accumulated on the island during this charade begin to cross the tram rails behind the departing juggernaut. They will of course be completely blindsided to trams travelling from Chalmers Street to Rawson Place while the juggernaut is inching from the third rail to the outbound rail!
The Dodgers/Diamondbacks game on Saturday night provided another demonstration of how well the events' transportation put in place for the Olympics works. I said in the previous post that events at the SCG and Football Stadium seldom took place at the same time as peak commuter loads but that could change with the State Government spending undisclosed amounts to bring out overseas teams. The first Major League Baseball game took place at the usual times for Sydney games. The game was scheduled to start at 7:15 but was half an hour late and finished at 10:50 pm when George Street buses would have been at peak demand.
|Buses fill up three at a time|
|Buses in queue|
The factor limiting the number of people that could be moved in a given time was time taken for people to board the buses and show their tickets. A juggernaut with 10 doors and just one driver cannot load passengers any faster unless people going to events (many, we are told by the Premier's Department, from interstate or overseas) are forced to use Opal Cards.
|Manageable queues at 5 PM|
Return adult tickets cost $6 and were purchased from a caravan before joining the queue, which was easily managed on the Chalmers Street concourse. If it ain't broke don't attack it with baseball bats.
|If you have balls you walk|