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Easy like Sunday morning

No time at the moment for any ambitious deep dive blog posts, so here's a slightly rambling follow-up to last week's Caulfield to City rail bustitution. For the entire week, I was lucky enough to avoid travelling in peak hours, but overall the feedback was that it was a lot smoother this time. There were delays of course - buses just can't do the job of trains - and footy fans in particular (w

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Transit Unplugged

I've been listening to the Transit Unplugged podcast for a while now on my (sometimes quite long) weekend walks. They typically interview CEOs and other senior managers from public transport systems in the USA, often small-to-medium sized operations. In recent weeks they've published a set of interviews with CEOs from much larger operations - and the reason this is of particular interest to

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Bustitution looms again

Just a quick one as I've been very busy, and have also had a bad cold, so haven't felt like much writing. The next lot of major bustitution is upon us from Saturday morning, and including all of next week: no trains between the City and Caulfield. You'll recall that at Easter, this was a complete mess. Have they learnt from that? Yes, I'm told they looked very closely at how it went, tho

Photos from ten years ago, transport

Old photos from June 2009

Here (just a few hours late) is another in my series of ten year old photos: this time, it's June 2009. Already the subject of a blog post, was this confusing ad on the side of a bus. Does it mean it's flexible or not? https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/3588323009/ Don't you wish you were not packed into a train on your commute, but instead on your own private train somewhere? I

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Some Brisbane observations

Last week's two whirlwind trips to Brisbane were busy with family business, but there was a chance for a few quick transporty observations. Tourists see signs for "stations" and might assume they're all railway stations. Nope, some of them are busway stations - they just look similar from the outside! https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/48140057386/in/photostream/ https://www.fl

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Train services vs patronage

A follow-up to last week's post mapping out the number of train services per station. Commenter Andrew suggested I compare it against patronage - happily I'd been working on this anyway! Here it is - and as a bonus I've got hold of 2017-18 station patronage data. The darker the blue, the higher the boardings per service. Click on a station to see the numbers. What's interesting is

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Visualisation: how many services from your station?

I don't know why I didn't think of this before: slicing and dicing GTFS data is not as intimidating as I thought it might be, and it's pretty easy to import into Google Maps so you can visualise it. Once you find what you want and figure out its quirks, you can get some pretty useful stuff. Let's start with this: a map of the total number of weekday Metro train departures per station. Click

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

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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