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transport

PT patronage in our biggest cities

Obviously, travel demand in cities is in turmoil just at the moment, but leaving the 2020-2022 blip aside for a minute, and looking again at pre-COVID travel in cities… As a follow-up to comparing Melbourne’s public transport patronage to Sydney’s, I thought I’d look at all the big capital cities. The five biggest are also  ... [More]

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Health

The Clayton’s lockdown

I hope everyone’s doing okay. The widespread view is that government mismanagement has made this latest outbreak far worse than it needs to be. They don’t want more lockdowns – perhaps fair enough given high rates of vaccination – but they’re not ensuring the testing (PCR and Rapid Antigen Test) capacity can properly handle it.  ... [More]

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Going green Home life

Cutting my household emissions

I’ve been on a long term course to reduce my household emissions, so this little list caught my eye: One by one on these (in a slightly different order): LED lighting – yes – I think all the CfLs have been replaced by LEDs. LEDs to me seem to be living up to expectations of  ... [More]

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transport

Fares 1992-2022

A fare rise took effect from 1st January. It’s usually more-or-less in line with the annual CPI to September the previous year – this time 2.3% against CPI of 2.9%. CPI was so low in 2020 that they waived the increase in January 2021, but most other years they’ve done it. I thought it might  ... [More]

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transport

Buses: Small vs big

Happy new year! We’re all used to the standard size buses (pictured above). Bigger buses either go to double deck, requiring higher bridge clearances, or longer articulated buses, needing longer bus bays and larger turning circles. Spotted recently on the Western Freeway near Melton: a smaller FlexiRide bus. The aspect ratio on this pic is  ... [More]

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General

Wrapping up 2021

If you celebrate it, I hope you’ve had a good Christmas. The strangeness of 2020 has continued in 2021, and looks set to continue into 2022. COVID infections are now rife – not just overseas (one UK uncle and his entire family have had it, and last week a UK cousin tested positive) but now  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from December 2011

Very busy so not many blog posts recently. Here’s another in my series of photos from ten years ago… December 2011. Flinders Street Station’s rather nice Christmas decorations Here’s the main entrance to the station, the classic Melbourne photo. Remember the confusing old train maps? This one from the City Loop of the Northern group  ... [More]

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transport

Station car park management

While the debate about new and expanded station car parks continues to rage, I wonder if authorities are properly managing the ones they have? The whole reason for politicians wanting to expand station car parks is that in normal times, they are full. But are they full of train users? How can one tell? This  ... [More]

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Consumerism Geek

Switching from Android to iPhone

Not a transport post. After much dithering, I’ve made the switch to iPhone. I’ve used Android phones for ten years. If I’m honest a lot of that was due to the price. Midrange Android phones seemed like better value for money. But they also have a short life. 2 years then you replace them because  ... [More]

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transport

Things the Suburban Rail Loop needs to succeed

SRL is a huge project. Here are a few thoughts on what it needs to really be a success.