A tale of two Bentleighs

Census data for Journey To Work was released on Monday, and many are taking a good look at the results. In Greater Melbourne, overall about 16.3% of people are using public transport to get to work -- up from 14.5% in 2011. (It actually depends how you define "Melbourne", and how you analyse the figures. I'm going to keep it simple and use the QuickStats figure for "Melbourne (Urban Centres


Whoever programmed these traffic lights is treating pedestrians with contempt

If they want to encourage people to walk, they should at least ensure it's as easy as possible. But in many cases, traffic lights are programmed to make it difficult - even where fixing it wouldn't disadvantage motorists at all. Example 1 Here's the T-junction at Centre Road and Eskay Road, Oakleigh South. I'm walking along Centre Road, crossing Eskay Road. It's a quiet street with vir

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Brussels has zebra crossings. Lots and lots of zebra crossings. Could we have more too?

One of the things I found fascinating about Brussels on our recent holiday was - in contrast to Cardiff - how they've gone out of their way to make life easy for pedestrians. Most striking was that there were zebra crossings. Lots and lots of zebra crossings. When I first spotted how many there were, I wasn't totally sure what I was seeing, and actually warned my fellow travellers to wat


PTV’s web site timetables are broken

A few weeks ago I looked at problems with Metro's paper timetables. Now, can we talk about how hopeless the PTV web site timetables are? Most of the rest of the web site works quite well, but the timetables, a key part, really are horribly unusable. If you've got the patience, see how many steps it takes to view the Hurstbridge line timetable for Sunday. Or you may prefer to read on. (No audi


2017 passenger load surveys

PTV released their passenger load surveys for trams and suburban trains, with results from May 2017. They used to do these twice annually, now it's only once a year. These surveys are used to measure crowding on Melbourne's trains and trams in peak hour. As usual, cancellations and major delays are excluded. Why? Because the surveys are not measuring crowding for the sake of measuring crowdi


Trains through Glenhuntly are barely faster than walking pace

The other week I noted the current state of level crossing removals across Melbourne, and that Glen Huntly Road / Glenhuntly Station [1] isn't on the list. This used to be my home station, and with about a million boardings per year [2], it's the busiest on the Frankston line south of Caulfield, apart from Frankston itself. The locals know the trains (express or stopping services) crawl slow

The week in transport, transport

Some brief transport stuff from this week

A post in an occasional series wrapping up a few brief transporty things from the last week or two. The new train design This might be the least crowded train I've ever caught. That's because it's a pretend train, a mock-up of a carriage and a half, somewhere in a warehouse in outer-suburban Melbourne. I got to see it last week on behalf of PTUA -- we've been included in stakeholder consulta


Southland paid parking starts soon

Southland Shopping Centre introduces paid parking on Monday 16th October. But before you reach for the pitchforks, it only applies if shoppers stay more than three hours. You get the first three hours for free, with an extra hour if you're going to a movie. Beyond that, it's basically $3 per additional hour. It uses number plate recognition, so if your stay is free, or you've pre-register