Today’s tram strike
Some media is saying trams will start heading back to depots from 8am — but Yarra Trams tells me 9am. They also tell me trams will come back out of depots right on 2pm, but it may take until 6pm for things to be completely back to normal.
Options during the tram stoppage:
Yarra Trams has a list of alternative service — both regular scheduled bus/train services, and special replacement buses on a few routes.
(I think it’s a pretty good effort to put on some replacements. Can you imagine trying to organise bustitution for the World’s Biggest Tram Network(tm) for 4+ hours?)
For getting around the CBD, walking often isn’t that much slower than tram for trips of less than a few blocks, though the weather may not be the best for it.
You can use the City Loop: the direction changes are confusing, but PTUA has a map of it.
Frequent buses run along some streets in the City and inner suburbs — some of them include:
- Crown Casino (Queensbridge) via Queen Street to Lonsdale Street: 216, 219, 220
- Queen St/Collins St along Queen St then along Lonsdale St, Russell St, Lygon St: 200, 207
- Victoria Market via Queen St, Collins St to Southern Cross, Docklands (Collins St), South Wharf: 232, 235, 237
- Lonsdale St/King St along Lonsdale St, Victoria Parade, Hoddle St: 905, 906, 907, 908
All of these buses have realtime information via the PTV app and other apps such as Bus Tracker. Remember none of these will be free like CBD trams.
Next week’s possible train strike
Some of the actions proposed next week are harmless, some less so.
> Refusing to wear company uniforms
Who’d notice? The trammies did it a few days ago, and nobody noticed.
> A ban on inspecting mykis
The problem comes when there’s confusion over which days/modes it applies.
> A ban on short arrivals and short departures [when trains do not run to the end of the line]
> A ban on station skipping between 9am and midnight
Sounds good? Well, perhaps not. Those changes (along with skipping stations) are sometimes to get delayed trains into position for a peak run. If they are banned, it may mean more delays in peak hour.
> A one-hour stoppage between 3am and 4am Thursday
> A four-hour stoppage between 2am and 6am Friday
No trains run before 4am, but even the 3-4am stoppage would cut into train prepping time, affecting early morning services and morning peak hour. A 2am-6am stoppage even moreso; that would affect a lot of services.
Many of them sound harmless at first, but have real effects on services which may not be immediately obvious.
Hopefully, on both trams and trains, a settlement can be reached without further impacts on passengers.