books, PTUA

In the wild

There's a few thousand "More trains/trams/buses = less traffic" stickers out there, but it's not that common to see them "in the wild". By "in the wild" I mean stuck to cars that are not owned by PTUA committee members or their friends and family. I don't know who owns this little white car, but I was thrilled to see it had a "More trains = less traffic" sticker on the back of it. It's a

PTUA, transport

Outer suburbs missing out on PT options

The government may be embarassed by crowded trains and Myki, but what they should be embarassed about is the sheer number of people who never use public transport because it simply isn't a viable option for them for any of the trips they make. So many areas in Melbourne have no PT other than local buses, and most of these run only every 30-60 minutes. It's no wonder so few people use them and r

PTUA, transport

Myki doesn’t always give you the best fare

One of the selling points of Myki is that 'Myki Money' will charge you the best daily fare, if you touch-on and touch-off on every trip. It turns out not to be always true. There's at least one specific set of circumstances where it doesn't. The PTUA got asked a while back about travel around the zone boundaries, and specifically on a scenario similar to that outlined below. (I think the lad

PTUA, transport

Making connections

I don't think it's any great secret that Melbourne's buses aren't very well co-ordinated to the trains -- with two exceptions that is, the Trainlink buses at Epping and Cranbourne, which are timed to meet every train. This is a major problem because so many trips simply can't be made on PT without using a combination of services. If the connections are too difficult or time consuming, people ju

Melbourne, PTUA, transport

Who has a metro?

The Age: Melbourne trains fail world 'metro' test Based on this study: PTUA: Melbourne Metro by name, but not by nature, which looks at the biggest thirty cities in the developed world by population, and which of them have a metro -- that is, a high capacity, high frequency (every 10 minutes all day, every day, to most stations) rail service. In other words, a way of moving large numbers of

PTUA, transport

Doubling patronage (without peak hour pain)

Metro Trains boss Andrew Lezala remarked on Tuesday at the Parliamentary Select Committee on Train Services that he hoped to see rail patronage double by 2020. "Our overall plan is to double patronage on the railway during the life of the franchise, which requires a major increase in the system's capacity." I think there's two important points to make here: Not peak It does not mea

PTUA, transport

One month of Myki

COMMUTERS are ignoring Government advice and are using myki cards on trams as well as trains. ... (Jean Ker Walsh said) ''Myki equipment on trams is turned on for use by testers and system auditors,'' she said. ''Everyone else on the tram should have a valid Metcard.'' -- The Age, Caution urged for travellers who take the myki on trams The Myki scanners on the trams (those that work, any

PTUA, transport

The Metcard mess, and what Metlink does

I was going to write a blog post about yesterday's Metcard kerfuffle, in particular pointing out that despite my initial speculation, the Transport Act only requires passengers to make a reasonable attempt to buy and validate your ticket. It doesn't require you to buy another ticket if yours doesn't work, carry spare change, plead with passengers for change, and finally get off the tram if no a

PTUA

Call me Bruce

My name's really Daniel, but if you like you can call me Bruce. More fun with Google translations of a Chinese media article: ... Victorian government has not yet determined when to start full operation ultra-budget Myki ticketing system, it was originally promised in 2007 and spent 130 million on the operation of the system, will begin before Christmas on buses, trains and trams on the use