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Old photos from October 2008

My monthly post of ten year old photos… My day job had me working in Collins Street, and occasionally we’d get to go to the upper levels and check out the view. That’s Manchester Lane at the bottom left, and near the top left you can just see the Shrine. Newspaper House dates from a […]

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More level crossing removals?

Things have been busy, so I’m a bit behind on blogging things. A few things in brief, then the big news. Wednesday night delays Last night saw major delays affecting the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines between about 4pm and 5:30pm, impacting peak hour. This was due to a track fault at Flinders Street, and it […]

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Rail plan leaked

Channel 9 and The Age got hold of a previously unpublished rail plan, or at least the summary maps from it. Age: Leaked rail plan shows few extra services for regional commuters Channel 9: I assume the headline-writer got a little carried away. Metro 2 isn’t really a secret. #BREAKING: Public Transport chiefs are drawing […]

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transport

Passenger Information Displays (PIDs) at stations are evolving

Just a quick post while I work on something more substantive. I want to talk about Passenger Information Displays (PIDs for short) at Metro stations. For a while, it looked like suburban stations would all be getting two line LED PIDs. They show the scheduled time, destination, minutes to departure, and a summary of the […]

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PT crowding increasing – but we can do better

The May 2018 Metro and Yarra Trams passenger load surveys were released last week. Media coverage: Herald Sun (paywall); The Age It’s worth noting that load surveys are measuring what happens when the service is running as planned. It’s not designed to look at crowding during disruptions, it’s designed to guide future investment. Trains Here’s […]

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Coalition pledges faster regional trains

On Wednesday the Coalition announced a pledge to upgrade all the main regional rail lines to 200 km/h, cutting travel times. ABC report: Coalition promises 32-minute trips from Geelong to Melbourne under regional rail upgrade Melbourne is bursting, we must take control of population growth by decentralising growth. The Liberal Nationals 200kmh high speed rail […]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from September 2008

How can it be October already? It’s still September in some timezones, so here’s my regular post of photos from ten years ago, covering September 2008.   At Richmond station, I was probably trying to take a photo to help publicise the PTUA’s discount yearly tickets – but couldn’t get the ticket itself quite into […]