transport

New fares – comparing cost per kilometre

While some are hailing the government's plan (backed by Labor) to apply zone 1 fares (as a maximum) right across Melbourne, I thought it might be worth looking at the per kilometre cost for various trips -- including some V/Line trips. The table below shows a sample of trips, both with the current fares, and the proposed ones (assuming no overall rise on 1/1/2015). table.tableizer-table {

transport

Coalition fares announcement: free CBD trams; zone 2 gone [Updated]

The Herald Sun reports the government is planning big changes to Melbourne public transport fares: The radical changes, being unveiled today ahead of the State Budget, would cap maximum daily fares at the Zone 1 rate across Melbourneโ€™s entire tram, rail and bus network. And CBD and Docklands trams would be free under the changes, due to take effect on New Yearโ€™s Day. The cost of the windf

Retrospectives, transport

Smoke, steam, nostalgia: Steamrail Open Day 2014

The Steamrail Open Day a couple of weeks ago was good fun, though in some ways very similar to the previous one in 2012... But I'll post some pics anyway. This is a Tait train ("Red rattler") -- dating back to the 1910s, and very common when I was growing up, but phased-out in the 1980s. If you've ever wondered what the destination signs looked like from the inside, here it is. I was fascinated

transport

We could have a vastly more usable PT network; PTV has a plan. It just needs funding.

Getting around Melbourne's inner-suburbs without a car is pretty easy, thanks to a reasonable network of frequent trams. In some areas, such as around Prahran, the trams, trains and buses form a grid, making almost any local trip within that area very easy. Getting around Melbourne's middle and outer-suburbs without a car is generally a nightmare. There are some rail lines, but for most trips i

Consumerism, transport

Spot the difference – transport advertising in the lead-up to elections

I was thinking the government ads about transport upgrades back in 2009-10 (Labor) are pretty similar to 2014 (Coalition). How would it be if I got them both and dubbed the audio of one over the video of another? The 2010 version is mostly about trains; the 2014 one has been chopped a tad to remove around 15 seconds that was about East West Link. But it's surprising how well they fit. (T

transport

The curse of dead running – enemy of the passenger

One of the issues in public transport is "dead running". This blog post cites a local example, but it's a widespread issue. At various times of day, trams trains and buses move out of service between their runs and their depots or stabling. This is dead running. Sometimes this is taken to extremes. Most route 600/922/923 buses run out of a depot in Sandringham, but apparently because

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from March 2004

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... The serene setting of Caulfield South Primary School, where my kids went. Like many schools of that era, the original main building is lovely, and conceals the portable classrooms out the back. The old Elizabeth Street tram stop on Collins Street, westbound. It's not hard to see why they've rebuilt these stops into platform stops, for safety a

transport

The Dandenong line upgrade: What’s included, what’s missing?

To the surprise of many, the state government yesterday announced a major $2 billion upgrade of the Dandenong/Pakenham/Cranbourne lines -- they're saying it'll be enough to boost capacity by about 30%. The government's press release is here, or you can watch a video: What's included? 25 new high-capacity "next-generation" trains. They've been talking about this for years. The newest t