Reports of Myki’s death have been greatly exaggerated

There's something of a disconnect between the headlines today and the reality. Say goodbye to your Myki card — the death of the trouble-plagued $1.5bn ticketing system has begun. Here's how you will soon pay for public transport #exclusive #springst— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) January 27, 2018 "THE death of the trouble-plagued $

driving, transport

Melbourne’s landmark intersection is a debacle, and authorities are doing nothing to fix it

I've posted about Rule 128 before. Rule 128 says: Entering blocked intersections A driver must not enter an intersection if the driver cannot drive through the intersection because the intersection, or a road beyond the intersection, is blocked. Penalty: 3 penalty units. The Age recently got hold of figures revealing there were just 18 fines per month for this offence in 2016-17. Ye


Noble Park skyrail nears completion – and measuring traffic benefits

On Wednesday the State Government announced that the first section of "skyrail", at Noble Park, will open on Thursday 15th February, along with the new station, following a two week disruption to rail services between Westall and Dandenong. This will mark the removal of three level crossings: at Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads. Trains will pass over all three of these, as well as over t


New metro train design finalised

You may have seen photos from the mock-up train design back in October. It's been part of a consultation process over about the past year, which has concluded. As the Herald Sun reported on the weekend (pay wall), the finishing touches are now being put on the design. Yesterday on behalf of the PTUA, I got to see the revised version of the mock-up. Here are some pics. As you can see, i

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from January 2008

Another in my series of ten year old photos. In late-2007/early-2008 there was a stoush around the banning of bicycles in zone 1 during peak hours. In February 2008 the ban was reversed. Notice that this sign is ambiguous: are the bikes banned on any train that serves zone 1 during peak, or just banned on the part of the trip within zone 1? (It was the latter.) Banksy had visited Melbourne

Home life, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

What is a “family-friendly” house?

When you're house-hunting, there's a continuum of numerous factors weighed against each other, including indoor space, outdoor space, location, walkability, and plenty more, including of course price. By walkability, I mean the walking distance to amenity such as parks, good public transport, shops. (Walkscore attempts to measure this.) From some points of view, perhaps the traditional posit

Politics and activism, Toxic Custard newsletter

What’s the number one priority for politicians, more than anything else? Getting elected.

Just a quickie... A senior politician (I won't say who, or which side) once told me something which, at the time was somewhat surprising to hear, but in retrospect it's obvious - and puts a lot of things into perspective: For politicians, the number one priority is to get elected / to get re-elected / to get their side into power. And this person specifically said that sometimes, the moti


Melbourne’s tram fleet: accessibility and air-conditioning

Two seemingly unrelated things are occurring this week: Today, Saturday, is expected to be the hottest day of Melbourne's summer so far this season, with a forecast high of 42 degrees. And... the 60th E-class tram just came into service. We welcomed the new year in with the introduction of Melbourne’s newest E-Class tram, entering service on New Year’s Day.

General, Toxic Custard newsletter

What should I blog about?

Happy new year! Noting that the most-viewed and commented-upon blog posts of last year were all transport-related (yeah this blog has moved to mostly transport in the past few years), I'm wondering what topics people might be interested in for posts this year. I have a number already in the works, but if you'd like to nominate a topic, please leave a comment. * * * Suggestions made on