transport

Train/tram punctuality data is delayed again

In Victoria, public transport performance data (in particular reliability aka cancellations, and punctuality aka delays) is "usually published on the 10th of every month." - or so they claim, anyway. This typically gives eligible passengers just under 3 weeks to claim compensation. Applications normally close at the end of the month. But the publication of this data has been getting later a

Travel

The Redesdale bridge

A couple of weeks ago I passed through Redesdale, and its 152 year old bridge. This, by Australian standards, is pretty old. Despite the sign, it opened in 1868, not 1867. On approach, there's a warning sign about the width (3.2 metres) and height (4.3 metres) limit. Higher than the Montague Street Bridge, but not as capacious as bridges built to modern standards. Making the bridge doubl

News and events, Politics and activism

Enough delay. Time for climate action

Fires have ravaged south eastern Australia this summer. As I write this, cooler weather and even a little rain provided a few days of relief, but warmer weather is on the way. There's much of the fire season still to come. 26 people are dead. 8.4 million hectares are believed to have burnt - figures in Wikipedia indicate this is the biggest recorded for Australia's east coast. So far.

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from December 2009

And so we say farewell to 2019. I think I'd rather say Good Riddance. We lost my uncle in June. But he wasn't the only one. Too many leaves have fallen from the tree this year. As the Queen remarked of 1992, this is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. But given it's the end of the month, here's another in my posts of photos from ten years ago: December 2009.

transport

Ten years of Myki in Melbourne

Happy birthday Myki! Yesterday marked ten years since the Myki system's implementation in Melbourne. It was switched on for Melbourne trains on 29th December 2009. The roll-out and first ten years of operation ended up costing a whopping $1.5 billion. The only Australian system of comparable size, NSW's Opal system, was a little bit cheaper, but is still the same order of magnitude. My conc

transport

The mess that is Chadstone buses on Boxing Day – 2019 edition

It's time for my annual blog post about the mess that is Boxing Day public transport at Chadstone. 2017: Chadstoneโ€™s Boxing Day bus debacle2018: Boxing Day buses at Chadstone: still big problems It happens every year at Chadstone and the other big shopping centres: hordes of shoppers descend. Demand fills the car parks, which spills onto the access roads, delaying buses. https://twitter

transport

Geelong via Fishermans Bend?

This plan got splashed onto the Age front page on Friday: Tunnel link mulled for Geelong fast trains https://twitter.com/TimnaJacks/status/1207753795540639744 Of course if you were paying very, very careful attention, this wasn't a complete surprise. The eventual shift of Geelong trains back to Newport and the Metro 2 tunnel was included in a document leaked in 2018, and has been float

music

Making gravy

What a concert. It kicked off at 5pm. You know how at some concerts the support acts are a bit half-rate, fledgling bands still finding their feet? Not a bit of it here. All superb. Marlon Williams. Kate Miller-Heidke. Courtney Barnett. And then headliner, Paul Kelly. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl was packed, and no wonder -- this gig had sold out months ago. I don't think I

transport

Disruption calendars – Vic can do better

For the big summer works blitz, the Department of Transport has an online calendar showing which lines are affected on which days. This is good, because it's much more legible than their usual confusing lists of lines and days. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/49205389061/in/dateposted/ It includes up to mid-February 2020. The January closures were announced on 21st November,

transport

More bustitution thoughts

In the mainstream media, they have word limits. Even online, they have to keep it succinct. Blogs have no such limits, so I apologise not only for revisiting this topic again, but also for rambling on so long. Bustitution looms again over the summer, with large scale rail closures on the Mernda line underway now, and the Cranbourne/Pakenham, Gippsland and Frankston lines to be replaced by buse