The Daily Telegraph, the copied quotes, the problems they caused, and #MediaWatch

During my time involved with the PTUA, there's been a policy to not comment on issues outside Victoria, for three main reasons: It's a Victorian organisation. There are local groups covering other parts of Australia. You make media comment on stuff outside your knowledge at your peril. It takes away effort from activism for and in Victoria. So I was very surprised to discover some quot

Photos from ten years ago, PTUA, transport

Photos from December 2003

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... The Christmas tram in Flinders Street Grumpy Daniel Next, perhaps the most useless Melbourne public transport map ever produced. It doesn't show the most well-known location, the CBD, and shows very few others. It also has numerous errors, including: Implies Sandringham is next to Clayton. Implies Glen Waverley is east of Clayton (it's a

PTUA, transport

PT fare discounts you may not know about

From a conversation with my sister, an occasional PT user, I'm guessing there are some discounts around the place that people don't know about. The good news is that with Myki being forced down everybody's throats, if you can get over the hurdle of getting a card (now $6 full fare, $3 concession), it's easier than ever before to get the discounts. This is just a summary, and is aimed at Mel

PTUA, transport

Tonight’s PTUA AGM means today is my last day as Prez.

Tonight's PTUA Annual General Meeting means today is my last day as President. I'll miss a lot of it, particularly dealing with the media, and meeting/discussing/debating with industry and political players (the former in particular often providing information that should be out in public, but isn't. (Over the years, I suspect, the media has been increasingly sympathetic as more and more jou

PTUA, transport

I am standing down as PTUA president on October 11th

Yes itโ€™s true. I have decided not to renominate as the PTUAโ€™s President, and will stand down at the Annual General Meeting on October 11th. The Age: After almost a decade, Melbourne's chief public transport complainer has finally had enough. PTUA: PTUA President to step down Basically, after nine years, I need a break. It's been fun, but all good things and all that. We'll find out who w

PTUA, transport

Public transport: more openness, accountability, and consultation is needed

One of the problems plaguing public transport in Victoria is the secrecy. Historically the Department of Transport has kept its cards very close to its chest. There's a lack of information, and a lack of consulation. As some people sitting around a table during a parliamentary inquiry into train services a couple of years ago remarked: Mr BARBER -- I think your evidence is quite clear -- des

Politics and activism, PTUA, transport

Metro apostrophe crimes! (and will the next state election again swing on PT?)

As if disrupted trains weren't enough, now we have Metro apostrophe crimes. (from Channel 10 news 25/6/2012: Commute derailed) Metro was already having a bad Monday morning peak with the inner part of the Sandringham line suspended due to a maintenance train derailing overnight. Things didn't improve when at about 7:15 the outer section of the Cranbourne line also went down, and it just got

PTUA, transport

Melbourne’s slow confusing infrequent buses (no wonder most people drive)

A few years ago they fixed what was probably Melbourne's most confusing bus route, but plenty of others are still running confusing, spaghetti-like routes around the suburbs. Often your trip from A to B travels via the rest of the alphabet. A PTUA report out today tries to measure how much buses meander, by comparing the route distance to the quickest possible road route from start to end. O

Consumerism, PTUA

Symmetry and recursion, all thanks to advertising

Thanks to the miracle of advertising, we have a bank on a tram... ...a tram on a bank... ...and a bus stop on a bus stop. If you're curious, the bus stop picture is portraying the 811/812 route on "Main Street". Unfortunately the bus stop in the picture doesn't appear to have another advert with a bus stop on it. Which means it's not really recursive. Happily the bus stop si