transport

The Myki 90 day myth reborn

Remember back in the early days of Myki when the rumour spread that if you didn't use your card for 90 days, your credit would vanish? It wasn't true. A number of people including me tried to hose it down (not very successfully) but eventually people found via experience that it wasn't the case. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/49524507383/in/dateposted/ My Myki card and Mobile My

transport

What future for the FTZ?

The Free Tram Zone (FTZ) just turned five. It was introduced in January 2015. If you're wondering why there was so much discussion on it last week, it's because submissions to a Parliamentary Inquiry on the topic just closed. Transport Matters Party MP Rod Barton, who moved for the Inquiry, posted an article addressing some concerns with the FTZ. You can see his motivation in all this is co

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from January 2010

Continuing my long-running series of old photos from ten years ago... In January 2010 we took a short break in Inverloch, south Gippsland. The South Gippsland Tourist Railway no longer runs - it suspended operations in December 2015 apparently due to a lack of funds. Here are some snaps from when we visited. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/4261044969/ https://www.flickr.c

transport

Beautifully formatted, but missing half the information

Last month I noted that the State Government has prepared the "Big Build" calendar of major disruptions to the transport network. This calendar is easy to read, but it turns out it is fatally flawed. Below you can see how January looks. Note the absence of any disruptions today, 27th January - thanks in part to the early return of trains through Caulfield. The problem is... that's wr

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