Health, transport

Patronage is down. Punctuality is up.

One of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis (which I wrote about in general terms yesterday) is a steep fall in public transport usage. This is partially people avoiding the network and switching to other modes such as cycling and driving, but mostly it's people avoiding travelling in the first place. (City Mapper data suggests as of Thursday 26 March, overall travel, across all modes, is down 8

Health, News and events

Stage 3? Bring it on.

I said it last week, but this whole situation is surreal. At this point, there are 3,048 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around Australia. In the past week or two, the number has roughly doubled every 3-4 days. There's a slight bit of relief for those of us in Victoria - the growth here is a little more linear, with between 50 and 60 cases confirmed for most of each of the last five days. Bu

Going green

Getting into hot water

There's a lot of doom and gloom from COVID-19 at the moment. So here's something positive: I got a new hot water system. Twelve years ago this month I got solar hot water installed: a collector panel on the roof, a tank to store the water, and a gas booster. I thought it was going to be great. But to be honest, I never really saw a great difference in the gas bills. Over summer (when the he

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from March 2010

Let's momentarily distract ourselves from the perils of March 2020 with some photos from ten years ago. Parliament station, back when the old Passenger Information Displays were CRTs with a blue background. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/49672270122/in/dateposted/ They converted the Flinders Street Lane/Spring Street crossing from a zebra to signalised - thus downgrading the

Health, transport

Some thoughts on COVID-19

COVID-19 is developing very fast, and really is quite unlike anything in living memory. I feel like Australia is still at the early stages, and already the impacts are huge. The ban on events of more than 500 people from Monday is unprecedented, and shopping for scarce supermarket items is a little bit surreal. https://twitter.com/danielbowen/status/1235145967885635585 I'm a long way f

transport

Under the skyrail at Clayton South

Unlike most of the spots where skyrail replaced level crossings on the Dandenong line, this area at Centre Road (Clayton South) has no station. I happened to stop past there on the public holiday Monday and was interested to see the different groups using the space. Overall it looks pretty clean. Note the graffiti mural on a nearby wall, but not on the skyrail supports themselves, which hav

transport

How long does it take to fix a tram shelter?

This tram and bus shelter shown below is at a stop in Footscray - at Tiernan Street and Droop Street. Sometime in late-January the main panel of glass got smashed. Authorities cleared away the broken glass and put hazard tape around it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/49632611727/in/dateposted/ 8th February Fresh tape was provided a couple of weeks later. https://www.fl

transport

Australia’s top tram routes

Unlike here in Victoria, Transport For NSW regularly releases detailed patronage data. I was wondering how Sydney's new light rail line (L2, CBD to Randwick, opened mid-December) is performing, so I took a look at the figures. Despite a number of technical problems, the line had than 1.2 million trips in January, which seems not too shabby. How does that compare to Melbourne's busiest tram