Night Network made permanent

I know I was just writing about Night Network last week, but the news that it's been made permanent came through over the weekend, so here's another post on it. My sons are of the age when they get out and about after dark. Recently one was out at a party in Brunswick until about 1am on a Saturday night, and it was great that he was able to hop on a train with his friends to easily and safely g

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from April 2007

Another in my series of ten year old photos. The old Olympic Doughnuts caravan, well before the shops along Irving Street were demolished to make way for additional station platforms. Footscray station snapped from the old (uncovered, ancient) overpass. This is platform 1, which has now become platform 3. Despite The Met having been long since gone, this sign still survived as a guide


Why is the Night Bus stop for Bentleigh station not at Bentleigh station?

Sometimes the little things matter. Sometimes a bit of thought can result in a better outcome. Logic says that when they put in a new bus route to serve the station, it should stop at the station. When the signs for the new 979 Night Bus went up at Bentleigh, I noted that they were not at the route 703 stops next to the station. Eastbound it shares the 701 stop, which is about 100 metres


Time for a car upgrade?

I'm thinking it might be time to upgrade my car at some stage soon. Some people turn them over every few years. Not me -- I've been driving a 2000 model Astra hatchback since 2008, almost nine years. The previous car was a 1993 Magna, which I had from 1998 to 2008. Of course, I drive far less than the average person. In fact it's common for the car to not leave the driveway for almost a w


V/Line peak patronage 2012-2017

Five years ago I published some figures on V/Line's peak patronage, based on their capacity reports, where they show the number of seats occupied in each service in peak hour. Here's an update comparing with their figures for February 2017. table.tableizer-table { font-size: 13px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; table-layout: auto; }


Caroline Springs train/bus connections: could be a lot better

Caroline Springs Station opened in January, and is already being used by a fair number of people. But the station has a weakness: it's in the middle of nowhere, a not-very-pleasant one kilometre walk from the nearest houses. Which means you pretty much have to use transport to get there: bike, bus, or car. Of course you shouldn't have to own a car to be able to use public transport, and r


The ins and outs of fare gates

Fare evasion is a drain on the public transport network. But sometimes the "tough on fare evasion" rhetoric isn't matched by practical, non-confrontational approaches to reduce it. Across the public transport network, there is a mix of strategies. On Melbourne's train network as on many big busy systems, there are too many passengers to check all tickets manually, so other means such automated