I for one welcome our new public-transport-loving overlord.
As recently as Friday, new Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull was riding trams in Melbourne:
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) September 10, 2015
It’s great that — unlike Tony Abbott — we now have a PM who understands the importance of public transport, as well as other issues such as carbon emissions — though Turnbull has notably said he won’t be changing the government’s stance on the latter.
Here’s a view from later on Friday, around lunchtime, looking north along St Kilda Road and Swanston Street.
For those who aren’t local, that black and white building forming a face is the William Barak building, named for the elder of the Wurundjeri, traditional owners of this land.
This corridor will change markedly in the next ten years, partly aboveground, partly underground, as the Melbourne Metro tunnel gets built. In the short term particularly, much of Swanston Street will be re-routed and closed during construction.
Perhaps with a new PM who is not so roads-focussed as Abbott, it might even get Federal funding.