The big announcement may well come in the next few days: who will take over running Melbourne’s trams and trains from November?
Anybody want to put their predictions on the table? Leave a comment! Your choices:
- Trains: Connex (Veolia, incumbent) or MTM (Hong Kong MTR consortium) or Keolis
- Trams: Yarra Trams (TransdevTSL, incumbent) or Keolis
(I had a Google survey thing here for a short time, but it was too clunky, sorry.)
I think the thing to bear in mind is that none of it will make much difference unless the government commits to fixing the infrastructure and fleet problems that cause most of the issues. If all we get is another logo, little will really change.
That said, there is scope for the operators to run things better: put on more staff, voluntarily run more frequent services (at least outside peak hours, when trains are available), lobby more strongly for infrastructure improvement, better maintenance and security (eg around fleet depots and stations, where vandalism occurs).