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Others’ bum heat on PT seats. Good, or bad?

Tackling the big issues today... Two different winter PT philosophies: That awkward moment when you sit on a seat that someone just got off and you feel their left-over bum heat on your bum -- Mo on Twitter ...compared to... Two people got off the train at Clifton Hill so I grabbed their seats... Benefit = Warm Seat... #win #mondayitis -- Matt on Twitter I think I'm with Mo.

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CHs: Here’s what I know

As time goes on, I learn more about the cluster headaches that hit me from time to time. They're different for each person, obviously, but here's what I know this time around, from my experiences and from my ongoing Googling research -- and I must say, the online resources available have been steadily improving. The word "headache" in the name is a misnomer. They're not related to conventional

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Regional Rail Link tour part 2 braindump

About a year ago, a group of us from the PTUA went on a tour of the Regional Rail Link, a massive 50 kilometre-long rail project providing new tracks from Southern Cross, via Footscray and Sunshine, then along a new corridor through Melbourne's new outer-western suburbs to West Werribee. The project will provide extra track capacity for V/Line trains on the Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines i

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#EWLink: What is it? What is it For? Why it wonโ€™t die easily? – Sophie Sturup on mega projects

I and others have been known to call the East-West Link tunnel a zombie project -- you can fight it off (as was done in the 70s) but it will never truly die. Last year at the launch for the Trains Not Tollroads campaign, Dr Sophie Sturup gave a great speech on mega projects. She made some really good points about how these multi-billion dollar mega projects get up, and about EWLink specifically

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Rebranding number 6 (in 20 years): Can we stick with “PTV” for a while please?

Do I win a prize? Following on from my photos a couple of years ago of a train, tram and bus in one shot, I've managed to get another (at the same location) of the three of them in the PTV livery. Common livery is not the most important thing in a public transport network, but it is important. It's a reminder that while the system may be run by lots of different companies, it is meant (in t

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My precious umbrella is gone.

My precious Senz umbrella is gone. Left on the train to Frankston on Friday night. We'd had a delicious dinner at Shakahari in Carlton. Good food and laughs galore, and caught a tram back to Flinders Street. The train had just gone -- 20 minute wait, so we took a quick walk around Fed Square and the river. It started to rain, so the brolly came out. When we caught the 10:15 train, I put it u

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Some big public transport changes coming on July 27th

The July 27th public transport network changes are pretty big. Some of the information is a bit vague, so here are some points I've gleaned from looking around, as well as chatting to Transdev, who run a lot of the bus routes that are changing. V/Line The big thing in rail is V/Line trains from Ballarat and Bendigo will start using the new Regional Rail Link tracks from Sunshine into the

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Some photos from July 2004

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago... In 2004 the situation with crowded trains hadn't really hit as a big political problem, which is why it took until 2006 for the government to decide not to scrap all the Hitachi trains after all, but expand the fleet. It was certainly occurring at that point however, and I snapped this photo one morning at Richmond. I was particularly ple

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A day at OzComicCon

We went to OzComicCon for the first time on Sunday. Here are some photos. It was at the Exhibition Buildings, and pretty much filled the space, both upstairs and downstairs, plus a couple of big tents outside, one of which included the main stage. Parts of it got quite crowded, and it was kind of amusing to see people dressed up as the most hideous and frightening monsters in the many universes