as part of the Victorian Transport Plan, 38 new trains would be put into the system in 2009, increasing the train fleet by 40 per cent.
We already have: 95 Comengs, 7 Hitachis, 36 Siemens, 29 X’Trapolis = 167 x 6 car sets. (Source: Vicsig)
We’re getting 38 new 6-car X’Trapolis trains. So it’s an increase of 22.75%
Let’s be charitable and assume they’re not actively lying. They’re probably counting the 32 extra “new generation” trains flagged in the Transport Plan that will follow. But they will be replacing the Hitachis and (some of) the Comengs, not expanding the fleet.
Plainly 38 new trains is not a 40% increase.
PS. 1:30pm. They’re also implying the 38 trains will all arrive in 2009. This is at odds with what most in the know say, which is that they will start arriving in late-2009.