Gosh, how exciting. We’re getting a Metro. Well, that is, we’re getting something called a Metro.
…and a new logo on the trams!
Wow! Animation! Motherhood statements! Trams that look like Melbourne Citadis trams, but can’t be because they have more doors! Trains that don’t stop anywhere, but must be real because they make the virtual camera wobble as they pass! Stock photography! GENERIC PEPPY MUSIC!!!
I actually don’t mind the new Metro name, provided they go ahead and boost off-peak, weekend and evening services to make the system work like a Metro.
And it’s something of a relief that they’ll keep the Yarra Trams name, given there’s nothing wrong with it, and we’ve had enough name changes already. (Met Tram, Swanston Trams, M>Tram, Yarra Trams).
My understanding is that both the Metro and Yarra Trams names are owned by the government, so there should be no need to ever change them ever again.
What will it really mean for services? They say the Comeng aircon will be fixed, and there’ll be more train maintenance money all round. They’ve also got targets like reducing train cancellations by 24%, though it’s not really clear what benchmark they’re using (January 2009, anyone?) or how they’ll do it.
A lot of the other detail hasn’t been released yet. There’s noises about more station staff (but not sure if these are fulltime or parttime, or where they’ll be), better cleanliness, more services (no word on what and when), and there’s silence on the vexed question of whether anybody will take responsibility for co-ordinating connecting buses, trams and trains, to, y’know, make sure the whole thing hangs together as a network that people can use effectively.
Time will tell.
By the way, in case you hadn’t heard, there’s free rides on zone 2 buses on weekends during September.