Well - look it up. You will see European and Asian systems are far more efficient, reliable and better run the Australian Systems. For example - the MDBF targets for Melbourne are around 20,000km on average (it varies by rolling stock class), but is over 1,000,000 for MTR in HK. Compare that - 20,000 vs 1,000,000. You cant with a straight face.
Public tranport adminstrators in Sydney would love to have you believe that...but its not reliaty. Sure there are problems with the need now for another harbour crossing...but really, the problems in Sydney are admistrative, with huge corruption problems at Railcorp (now infecting TNSW), politicalising of major projects (Sydney Metro - canned - only to be brought back under the disguise of NWRL) huge cultural problems everywhere (red tape on red tape on red tape etc). Interesting fact - the only public transport system in Sydney which was privatley owned and operaterated (the Sydney Light Rail and Mono-rail) was actually profitable - it recieved no goverment subsisdy.
Yes true - but there is opportunity to increase capacity on other parts of the system through modern control systems (smaller blocks or moving blocks) and more advanced rollingstock (which they have) - this wont work over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, because it is already a very short distance - hence a new bridge is required. This isnt to say thou, that problems wont still exist at the CBD stations with people movements in and out of the station.
As for comparing single auto bridge vs rail system...no. Just comparing a bridge for a bridge. Trains hold alot more people then a car does for the same amount of space. Asian countries target 6 people for square meter to be "full", western societies target 4 people per square meter....cars would be closer to 1 person per 60 square meters!
Please re-read my post. I wasn't comparing ferry with cars. I was comparing ferries with rail specifically. Ferries can't compete in capacity at all but it's way cheaper to setup.
I lived in Hong Kong for a couple years. It has a very modern subway system but it's struggling financially despite operating in full capacity because of the challenge of all those expensive under-sea tunnels. Ferries, in the mean time, while much slow yet are absolutely loaded to the gunnel.
MTR struggling financially??????????????? It is the most profitable public transport system on the planet. It actually MAKES MONEY!!!!!!!
Major city transport systems needs to be multi-modal. Ferries have their place, as does rail, as does bus...as does walking, bicycles, and wait for it...the private car. They all have strenghts and weaknesses. But its pretty hard to argue that public transport particularily rail based systems, have been given the developmental support from goverments they deserve - costing the NA economy billions a year in lost productivity.