kaiwhara wrote:No it wasn't. It never has been.robincole wrote:Capital Connection was TranzMetro until about 2001, not sure if it was subsidied or not.
john-ston wrote:Just to clarify, you were talking about the subsidy, right?kaiwhara wrote:No it wasn't. It never has been.robincole wrote:Capital Connection was TranzMetro until about 2001, not sure if it was subsidied or not.
All fare revenue from Tranz Metro services is collected for and paid to GWRC, via Metlink. That is why Metlink can set the fares and dictate what special fares are availible, and when. Kiwirail, via Tranz Metro is just the contracted operator, with the added addition that for the Wairarapa service there is also a "hook and tow" part. GWRC own all the EMU's, the EMU depot and all the SW rolling stock. Inaddition they also own ALL the station platforms and most of the buildings. (I think the only ones they dont are Wellington (Tenths Trust), Materton (Kiwirail) and Paekakariki and Carterton (local respective community groups)
Tranz Metro only make a profit from the Wairarapa services in that they are paid an agreed rate to operate it for the owner.
Business case for Capital Connection
Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 6:03 pm
Press Release: Greater Wellington Regional Council
13 June 2012
Greater Wellington & Horizons make business case for Capital Connection
Greater Wellington Regional Council will make a formal business case, with Horizons Regional Council, to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) for continuation of the Capital Connection train service between Wellington and Palmerston North. The service is currently run commercially by KiwiRail but it has become increasingly unviable since the extension of regular commuter services to Waikanae.
Fran Wilde, Chair of Greater Wellington, says the Council could include the Capital Connection within its current rail operating contract but this would require funding from both Horizons and NZTA.
“The Capital Connection has a significant number of loyal customers who prefer the more spacious seating arrangements, work tables and café facilities. It’s the only fully express service between Paraparaumu and Wellington. And it’s the only direct weekday service between Wellington City and places such as Otaki and Levin, so in that sense is an important economic link between Wellington and Manawatu.
“It’s also important for the future of both our regions that we retain and develop rail services north of Waikanae so we’re keen to explore all avenues to continue this service. We understand that planned upgrades of the track between Waikanae and Palmerston North could shave 15-20 minutes off the two hour journey which is about the same length as the Wellington to Masterton service and would make it more attractive to people.”
Fran Wilde says she’s aware of the NZTA’s recent public comments on funding the Capital Connection service as part of Greater Wellington’s existing rail contract. “However, we’re keen to put a detailed business case to NZTA for a formal decision. The business case will obviously need to include long-term cost forecasts and the future liability for each party and we’d need to increase Capital Connection fares from stations north of Waikanae.”
Greater Wellington would negotiate with KiwiRail to extend the Capital Connection service in the meantime.
Cogload wrote:The 15/20 min improvement due to "planned upgrades" being the Forest Lakes deviation...which has gone very quiet...
eurokiwi78 wrote:What other use could they have in mind for the s cars I wonder.
john-ston wrote:eurokiwi78 wrote:What other use could they have in mind for the s cars I wonder.
kaiwhara wrote:Tonight's Capital Connection along with tommorow mornings return are both cancelled due to the failure of the Generator onboard the AG Van...
kaiwhara wrote:It'll likely be due to the capacity of the Generator onboard AG130 to power all the 240V sockets, and also AG130 has the Wheelchair lift - no other AG has this.
mohnjadden wrote:Use the lower price and extra capacity to attract a ton of passengers away from the electric units, more than enough to make up for the lower ticket price, and return the CC to profitability.
DFT7008 wrote:kaiwhara wrote:Tonight's Capital Connection along with tommorow mornings return are both cancelled due to the failure of the Generator onboard the AG Van...
Is there any reason why they can not put a spare Overlander van instead ?
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