transport

Train punctuality – WWJD?

Last week the government announced timetable changes, including adjustments to the Cranbourne/Pakenham line. (I'll just call it the Dandenong line for short. Almost everybody else does.) Of the roughly 265 services per weekday, 93 will be adjusted. A few will be quicker by a minute or two, but most of the 93 will be slower - most of them by 1-2 minutes, but a few by up to 5 minutes. During

transport

Protip: the Myki gate doesn’t have to close behind the previous person before you can touch your card

Update - see below At busy times, queues can form at station fare gates, especially when large numbers of people arrive from multiple trains at once. Investment in more gates and faster (Vix) readers has helped - 950 new readers are being installed in 141 stations. But it's noticeable than some people wait for the person in front of them to go through and for the gate to close before tou

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from October 2009

Here's another in my series of old photos out of the vault from ten years ago. We went to Bendigo for a couple of days, so here are a couple of snaps from that trip. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/3979139221/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/3979158311/ The only time I saw Powderfinger live was this "surprise" gig in Federation Square. (A surprise except a lot

transport

The ups and downs of escalators

It's not your imagination. Some City Loop escalators are running slower in peak hour. Normally: Fast in peak, slow off-peak Normal practice (for decades now) is to run the Loop station escalators at a reasonable clip during peak hour, and set to slow down outside peak. This is pretty annoying for many of those catching trains at off-peak times. Why slow them down outside peak? It's not c

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The end of Toxic Custard

Before blogging and the web, there was email and Usenet and FTP sites. Just over 29 years ago I started writing online, sending out literal undergraduate humour to mates at Monash University and beyond mostly via email, under the truly ridiculous name "Toxic Custard". It got into the student newspaper, then in 1996 it went onto the web and became the early version of this blog. Along the wa

transport

How much would trains every ten minutes cost?

One of the gaping holes in Melbourne's public transport system is the lack of an all-day every day frequent service on the backbone: the Metro suburban train network. Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world, outside North America, which doesn't have frequent all day trains. Other Australian cities are moving towards this. Perth has now trains every 15 minutes to most stations until

transport

Big changes proposed for the City Loop

A Metro (MTM) proposal has emerged for big changes to the operation of the City Loop for trains running through the Caulfield and Burnley tunnels. The page below is from a document discussing CBD station capacity implications from the introduction of the High Capacity Metro Trains. I'm told the document is genuine. It reveals that the Caulfield Loop will be required to run anti-clockwise al

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Does your super match your values?

The wave of climate protests (the Climate Strike a few weeks ago, and to a lesser extent the Extinction Rebellion last week) are a good reminder that although our current political masters (especially at the Federal level in Australia) are keen to do nothing, pretty soon a large mass of people who want action will be joining the electoral roll and voting. Oh, the politicians may claim they're

Photos from ten years ago, transport

Myki ten years on, and photos from the test centre

This is part two of my ten year old photos from September 2009. At the time, Myki had been launched in regional cities, and was about to start in Melbourne. Ahead of the wider rollout, I got to look around the Myki test centre, which was fascinating. Around the place were lots of test cards and computers and other hardware https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/48836573347/in/phot

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from September 2009

Oops, I managed to miss posting ten year old photos in September. Better late than never, here they are - at least here is part one - I've got a special part two coming up soon. Centre Place, always lovely. I notice the sign about when it's closed to vehicles - it'd be a brave person who tried to drive along it at any time, I reckon. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/48835846778