You want to know why Melbourne’s trains are so crowded?
Well, that might be because in the last decade, patronage has gone up 77%, but services have only increased by 17%.
And the trams too?
Patronage up 36%, services increased 5%.
Just for completeness, here’s a graph of all the patronage figures from 1999-2009.
Source: Victorian budget papers, 1999-2009. (The 2006-07 papers say the methodology for calculating metropolitan bus patronage was improved in that year, implying the figures for previous years were inaccurately high, rather than there being a sharp decline in passengers.)