I hitched a ride on the new L2 LRV service, thankfully it did not break down. Here are my thoughts:
- LED destination displays on the front and sides of the tram are clear and readable from a distance.
- Flanges to minimise gaps between gaps and doors
- Lots of standing room
- Seats are reasonably comfortable
- Minimal screeching noises as the tram turns
- Clear audible voice in PA announcements
- Onboard screens showcases approaching stop name, as well as upcoming 2 stops and either left or right door opening at each stop.
- Detailed information near each tram stop such as nearby tourist destinations / suburbs, interchanges with other tram lines and transport modes such as ferries and trains.
- From Town Hall to Circular Quay, the tram becomes powered by a charged rail beneath it. (Idk the name of the component that acts like a nether pantograph).
- Lots of space to fit wheelchairs and prams
- Seats are differently coloured (grey for disabled, elderly and special needs passengers; Red for normal commuters).
- Request button for disabled passengers, logically allowing more time for doors to be open.
- Coupled trams does allow for faster boarding and alighting of many passengers
- Inadequate handrails and handhold straps in the middle of each segment
- Lack of a stop-request button for passengers except for disabled wheelchair passengers
- Doors close too quickly for elderly and disabled passengers to alight or board the tram
- No PA announcement detailed either the left or right door opening at each stop
- Doors don't open automatically upon arriving at a platform stop
- Lack of notification by the driver and PA announcement that the button needs to be pressed to open the door.
- Vulnerability to electrical faults, leading to chaos, confusion and delays.
- Tram slightly jerk when turning around a sharp curve
- Prefers to see more information regarding the suburbs or busy interchanges each tram line passes through rather than just the destination such as Randwick via George St, Central, Moore Park and UNSW.
- Coupled trams are so long, they could potentially block intersections or junctions if a fault or blockage occurs at an unfortunate time.
- Lack of traffic light priority at every busy intersection