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Double decker bus for Melbourne

Melbourne's getting a new double decker bus. It's been on display at a trade show at Jeff's Shed (that's the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for those not in the know), and a PTV contact passed these photos on... Inside, as you'd expect, the low ceiling makes it seem a little more cramped than single deck buses. But from memory of riding them in the UK, this isn't generally seen as a probl

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Ten years ago: Arise Lord Vader

Here's another in my series of ten year old photos. Arise Lord Vader -- episode 3 got a lot of promotion. Or, as I joked at the time: Connex was aligned with the Dark Side. The Dungeon: platform 13 at Flinders Street. The screens have been replaced with a flat model, and an escalator was installed to the concourse, but I'm not sure it's changed that much otherwise. M and I must have b

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Where are the ads?

Before you read too much of this post, play the video and (assuming you haven't seen it before), see how long it takes you to work out what it's an ad for. ... Gosh, isn't it optimistic! And I'm finding it really catchy. Even the bloke at the end seems pretty happy, perhaps with good reason. That ad seems a bit long for television; perhaps it was in cinemas, or perhaps it was onlin

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Post delivery by tram

For some time - since well before the introduction of the Free Tram Zone - I've seen uniformed Australia Post employees with small delivery carts on board trams in central Melbourne. At first I wondered if this was a good use of space on a tram, given how crowded they can get. But I think it's arguable that it's Australia Post being smart about moving (at least some) letters and parcels

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Real time information now available for buses

PTV announced on Thursday that online realtime departure information is now available for some bus routes: specifically, Smartbus routes, which have long had realtime information displays at major stops. Ironically as I post this, it seems to be down... but when working, it's a small but welcome step forward in the quest to get more realtime information available to the public -- via apps or we

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Crowdfunded documentaries

I'm aware that my blog has evolved... these days most of the posts are about transport, reflecting my current interests. I wonder if this is a bit dull for those who have been on the old Toxic Custard mailing list, which is the descendant of the humour-based email list I started while at uni. Yet transport posts get by far the largest number of comments. Hmmmm. Here's a post to mix it up a bit.

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Handling big events – the real problem is a lack of services

The Herald Sun had an interesting article describing the trip home from the football on Friday night, and the delays suffered by those in the crowd. Apart from the football at the MCG, there was also a concert in the tennis centre, and soccer at Etihad Stadium. Edit: plus rugby at AAMI stadium. In fact an earlier Age story had explicitly warned that the city would be busy. The Herald


The state budget: transport in a nutshell

Yesterday I went to the State Budget lockup. Basically they "lock" you in a room from 10am to about 1:30pm (when the Treasurer officially releases the budget) and you get to look through a big pack of budget papers before they're revealed to the public. I took along the world's slowest heaviest laptop so I could take notes and draft a reaction while we looked through the information. Thankfully


Level crossing removals en masse – important to get them right

I was planning on writing a blog post on the potential of close to 40+ railway stations being completely rebuilt via the fifty level crossing grade separations the state government is intending on doing over 8 years -- most of which are adjacent to railway stations. But last Thursday night's PTUA member meeting with Ian Woodcock, who has studied this in some detail, somewhat stole my thunder.