But have you spotted the notable exception? The one key Stagecoach service that is EXcluded from the scheme?
To continue, what do you get for your super co-ordinated money?
The most noticeable manifestation of co-operation, however, is with joint service 120.
Notice the Travel South Yorkshire silliness on the panel above; a 2356 one-off journey to Hallamshire Road. WRONG! They ALL run to Hallamshire Road, this one gets an allocated time only because it happens to terminate there. Silly, as usual, and unnecessarily confusing.
As predicted in "Peace in Our Time" (read again) the extra Stagecoach loop via Redmires Road, the future of which "a spokesman" said was not confirmed, is, of course, withdrawn.
What's missing? Have you guessed what it is yet? Here's a clue!
The Stagecoach Supertram runs from Halfway, via Crystal Peaks and the city centre to the University and onwards. Service 120 runs from Halfway, via Crystal Peak and the city centre to the University and onwards. But your Optio Orange ticket is NOT valid on the tram, even where the route is common.
So co-ordination is not complete. There may be good reasons; but are they GOOD reasons? This restriction does somewhat tarnish the shine of what might be an excellent "first effort" scheme.
Will it work amicably or will one or other operator start complaining about lost revenue?
Will confused Crystal Peaks commuters attempt to travel "Optio Orange" by tram?
Will the scheme extend to all of Sheffield? All of South Yorkshire? The whole country? The planet Zog?
Time + Fearnley + Souter = Delight OR Disaster?
Meanwhile fbb and SYPTE need to tackle the big question for those grasping the Optio opportunity. "Help, where the heck is Hackenthorpe?"
All will be revealed tomorrow.
** For Pedants : First does not run end-to-end at the moment. Service 40 (City-Fulwood) and 41 (City-Halfway) are separate operations.
The Travel South Yorkshire blogweek continues : Tuesday 5th July