transport

Finally: action on footpath motorcycle parking

At last! City of Melbourne tonight will debate changes to motorcycle parking in the CBD. What's the law? Motorcyclists can park virtually anywhere off-road - unless specifically signed otherwise. There are guidelines which aren't communicated well, and are widely ignored. The relevant rule provides exclusions to the usual parking limitations if the driver's vehicle is a motor cycle an

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The Myki 90 day myth reborn

Remember back in the early days of Myki when the rumour spread that if you didn't use your card for 90 days, your credit would vanish? It wasn't true. A number of people including me tried to hose it down (not very successfully) but eventually people found via experience that it wasn't the case. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/49524507383/in/dateposted/ My Myki card and Mobile My

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What future for the FTZ?

The Free Tram Zone (FTZ) just turned five. It was introduced in January 2015. If you're wondering why there was so much discussion on it last week, it's because submissions to a Parliamentary Inquiry on the topic just closed. Transport Matters Party MP Rod Barton, who moved for the Inquiry, posted an article addressing some concerns with the FTZ. You can see his motivation in all this is co

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Beautifully formatted, but missing half the information

Last month I noted that the State Government has prepared the "Big Build" calendar of major disruptions to the transport network. This calendar is easy to read, but it turns out it is fatally flawed. Below you can see how January looks. Note the absence of any disruptions today, 27th January - thanks in part to the early return of trains through Caulfield. The problem is... that's wr

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Train/tram punctuality data is delayed again

In Victoria, public transport performance data (in particular reliability aka cancellations, and punctuality aka delays) is "usually published on the 10th of every month." - or so they claim, anyway. This typically gives eligible passengers just under 3 weeks to claim compensation. Applications normally close at the end of the month. But the publication of this data has been getting later a

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Ten years of Myki in Melbourne

Happy birthday Myki! Yesterday marked ten years since the Myki system's implementation in Melbourne. It was switched on for Melbourne trains on 29th December 2009. The roll-out and first ten years of operation ended up costing a whopping $1.5 billion. The only Australian system of comparable size, NSW's Opal system, was a little bit cheaper, but is still the same order of magnitude. My conc

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The mess that is Chadstone buses on Boxing Day – 2019 edition

It's time for my annual blog post about the mess that is Boxing Day public transport at Chadstone. 2017: Chadstoneโ€™s Boxing Day bus debacle2018: Boxing Day buses at Chadstone: still big problems It happens every year at Chadstone and the other big shopping centres: hordes of shoppers descend. Demand fills the car parks, which spills onto the access roads, delaying buses. https://twitter

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Geelong via Fishermans Bend?

This plan got splashed onto the Age front page on Friday: Tunnel link mulled for Geelong fast trains https://twitter.com/TimnaJacks/status/1207753795540639744 Of course if you were paying very, very careful attention, this wasn't a complete surprise. The eventual shift of Geelong trains back to Newport and the Metro 2 tunnel was included in a document leaked in 2018, and has been float

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Disruption calendars – Vic can do better

For the big summer works blitz, the Department of Transport has an online calendar showing which lines are affected on which days. This is good, because it's much more legible than their usual confusing lists of lines and days. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/49205389061/in/dateposted/ It includes up to mid-February 2020. The January closures were announced on 21st November,