Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from May 2009

It's the end of May, so it's time for a batch of photos from ten years ago. I quite liked this ad for iiNet in Flinders Street Station: https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/3509557075/ iiNet advertising, May 2009 I was snapping photos for Tony's web site "Our Fading Past" (currently offline, but the Google Map is up), highlighting old signs around Melbourne. This classic is in Ripp

transport

How does the new local bus route fit into the network?

Good news: New bus route 627 starts in June, running from Moorabbin to Chadstone via East Bentleigh and Murrumbeena. Excuse the micro-transport-blogging about this specific route in my local area, but (as usual) there are considerations that are relevant across the network. This new route fills some gaps in the local network, including East Boundary Road (which is meant to be part of the Pr

transport

PT service kilometres vs population

In the world of public transport, services are what counts. Infrastructure is important, but ultimately, infrastructure is only built to enable services. If the train only runs every 40 minutes, it's a long wait whether the station is 100 years old, or shiny brand new. Today is State Budget day, and it's a good chance to look at the overall level of service around the network. The Budget

transport

Temporary track to minimise disruptions

I think this is quite clever. When trains or trams are partially closed for planned works, generally the less of the route is disrupted, the better. But this is always limited by the placement of turnaround facilities. Witness the current Sandringham line closure: the major works are at South Yarra, but because (despite what was said beforehand) the infrastructure issue at Elsternwick hasn'

Politics and activism, transport

Illogical obsession

Saturday's Federal Election result might have been unexpected by many, but it underscores the Coalition's illogical obsession with East West Link. Well, illogical from a transport planning perspective that is. Remember, it's got a business case that says it will lose money - unless you include Wider Economic Benefits with which the Victorian Auditor General had, and I quote: significant issues

Politics and activism

Climate, money and politics

I don't often write about climate change, but here are a few thoughts as we go into the Federal election on Saturday. But first I need to get these points out of the way: Climate change is real.If you think climate change is a hoax because you think you know more than the 97% of climate scientists who say it's real, that's up to you - but I'm not interested in your theories. Don't bother le

Going green, Home life, Toxic Custard newsletter

Wall insulation

Improving my house's heating and cooling and energy efficiency is an ongoing project. 2008 Solar hot water2012 Ceiling fans and roof insulation2015 External blinds2017 Air-conditioning (a backwards step for energy efficiency, but a giant leap for comfort on very hot days) This week it was wall insulation. Obviously this is best fitted when the house is built, but in a house built circa 1

transport

Weekend traffic

A short rant. It's Saturday, and I'm driving in heavy traffic. I'm making a trip that's impractical using any other mode, alongside thousands of others, many also making trips impractical using any other mode. It's not about options along that particular stretch of road. It's about the whole transport network, supporting people's trips end to end. On an overpass I see a train go by. I

transport

More information = good

Wednesday morning's commute for me was one of those made easier via good quality real-time information. My usual train was cancelled. I knew this before I left the house thanks to checking the PTV app. The app also told me that other trains were delayed. It was going to be a messy commute. Bleugh. Sometimes in morning peak when there is a cancellation, you can backtrack from Bentleigh to