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transport

Train services to activity centres and growth areas

Are train frequencies to Melbourne’s busiest places up to scratch?

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transport

Night train to bus connections

With the very welcome revamp of the Night Bus network last year, I wondered how the train to bus connections are now that most bus routes are 24-hour versions of regular routes, rather than the previous arrangement of confusing special routes that virtually nobody used. Here’s a quick look at a couple of my local  ... [More]

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books transport

Who killed East-West Link?

This new book on EWL is a political page-turner.

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from June 2012

Yes I’ve been quiet on the blog recently. So, so busy. But here’s a post of ten year old photos from June 2012. A rainy day at the Bourke Street/Russell Street intersection Footscray station before the new platforms were provided for the Sunbury line and the new bridge partially demolished and extended as part of  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from May 2012

I missed doing the May post in May, so here it is a few days late: old photos from ten years ago: May 2012. A friend lives in Richmond, and car access is difficult – or at least not for the faint hearted – as the streets are narrow, and there’s almost no parking. This  ... [More]

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transport

Comparing Crossrail and the Metro tunnel

Back in the Mother Country, they just opened the new rail line across central London. Known as Crossrail during construction, it’s officially now called the Elizabeth Line. In an article in the Australian Financial Review, Crossrail CEO (and former PTV CEO) Mark Wild compared Crossrail with two of the biggest Australian rail projects: the Melbourne  ... [More]

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transport

Comparing fares

Here’s a quick comparison of adult PT fares and discounts in Australian capital cities. Peak fare range(on card) Off-peak fare Fare cap weekdays Fare cap weekends Bulk discount Adelaide $3.95 $2.20 $11.00 daily fare (not an automatic cap) $11.00 14 days $63.2028 days $105.00 Brisbane $3.37 – $10.17 20% discount No cap No cap 8  ... [More]

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transport

Footscray in the Middle

Some stations are shiny new – others have barely changed in a century.

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transport

Are PT services keeping up with population?

The State Budget was last week, and included some good investments in public transport. I haven’t had time to write up everything (so busy!), but I thought I’d quickly show a couple of key indicators. Total public transport service kilometres (in blue; left axis) Public transport service kilometres per person (in red; right axis) Service  ... [More]

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transport

Train punctuality around Australia

A remark on social media inspired this: a quick comparison of suburban train punctuality in Australia. We have suburban rail networks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, and all of them publish monthly punctuality data. So here’s a quick graph comparing them since January last year: Some caveats: Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide consider “on-time”  ... [More]

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