transport

Night Network: opportunities to make it better

Night Network has been running as a trial since the start of 2016, and solved some key problems: The old NightRider buses were insufficient: often crowded, and had a route structure completely different from daytime, so (despite the crowding) most people didn't know how it worked Nightrider also provided no service in many areas that have excellent daytime services, so some of the people mos

transport

Cheltenham and Mentone: rail going under road

Last year, rail under (trench) and rail over (skyrail) options were presented for Cheltenham and Mentone. On Monday the government announced both would be rail under. As expected, the Park Road crossing in Cheltenham (just a stone's throw from the Charman Road crossing) is being grade separated as well. Latrobe Street, a minor crossing south of Cheltenham, is staying for now, even though it may

Politics and activism, Toxic Custard newsletter

Save the trees, or save the world?

While I work on a bigger post (or at least one requiring a bit more research), here's a quickie on an interesting parallel observed last week. Part one In the same week that Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg joined in a parliamentary stunt playing with a lump of coal, he also launched a self-admitted flawed bid to save trees on St Kilda Road. Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from February 2007

Here's my regular post of ten year old photos... quite a few this month, and mostly transport-related. This is then-Opposition Leader, later Premier Ted Baillieu being interviewed by the media about widespread train disruptions at the time, caused by the Siemens train brakes problem reaching crisis point. I recall Age reporter Steve Moynihan (seen here facing away from Baillieu, but no doubt li

Melbourne, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Walking in suburbia

On Monday I had an errands at Pinewood. Pinewood? Yes, the minor shopping centre somewhere on Blackburn Road between Clayton and Mount Waverley. I caught the bus up there -- the 703 runs from near home in Bentleigh, via Monash Uni, then up Blackburn Road. Unsurprisingly perhaps, we had to wait at the Clayton level crossing for a train... thankfully only one train; it's common for long delays

transport

V/Line Geelong and the “good old days”

I'm working on some more substantive posts, but meanwhile, here we go again: a random claim that the trains used to be faster than today. "In 1955 it took under one hour to travel by train to Spencer St station (Southern Cross). In 2017 it takes 70 minutes. Hmmm. Something is wrong with this picture." - Glenn, reader comment in The Geelong Advertiser Yes indeed something is wrong with this picture

Consumerism, music, Toxic Custard newsletter

In the town where I was born

I don't have "get rich quick" schemes. I kind of have "get moderately well-off, gradually" schemes. The worst one has been buying shares. I got a tip that shares in Xero (the online accounting software company) would skyrocket. And they did, from about $6 to something like $40. But that was before I got around to buying them. By the time I bought them, they'd dropped to about $25. They subse