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What ever happened to tram cams?

Yet again, the issue of motorists illegally overtaking trams has been highlighted – by Channel 9 on Tuesday, and the Herald Sun on Wednesday. This follows on from reports as recently as January of motorists hitting tram passengers while breaking road rule 163. Educating motorists has a role here. There have been education campaigns in  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago transport

Old photos from April 2011

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago: April 2011. Platforms 15 and 16 under construction at Southern Cross. The station is owned and run by Civic Nexus under a PPP. The platforms were to be used by V/Line. But the project to build them was done by Metro. Confusing? Perhaps, but at  ... [More]

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The Ballarat railway gate saga

I am fascinated with the ongoing saga of the Ballarat crossing gates. At about 11:35pm on 30th May last year, a V/Line train from Melbourne that was meant to stop at Ballarat station instead sped through the platforms and crashed through the Lydiard Street crossing gates. The train eventually stopped about 600 metres beyond the  ... [More]

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Evolution trains: First impressions

A few of the Evolution trains (aka High-Capacity Metro Trains, or HCMTs for short) are now out and about in passenger service, with more being delivered into the stabling facility at Pakenham East. Last week I got to ride one for the first time. Here are some photos and first impressions. The one I caught  ... [More]

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transport

Is Myki Pass still good value?

Myki Pass may no longer be the best option for people whose travel patterns have changed. I’ve done a quick calculator to try and work it out.

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Effects of electrification on train patronage

Twelve years ago debate was raging in the Sunbury community over the electrification of the line from Watergardens. I blogged about it here, pointing out that yes they might lose their comfy V/Line trains, but overall service levels would rise, with more frequent services right across the day. Looking back, did people desert the service  ... [More]

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transport

My take on the EV tax

I don’t think it’s as simple as EVs good, tax bad.

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transport

PT services in 2021: planned vs actual

Almost a decade ago, a government document outlined possible public transport service levels in 2021. So how much of it happened?

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transport

Metro Tunnel travel times

I meant to write this back in November: amongst the information published with the Airport rail link announcement was this diagram summarising the indicative journey times: I think there’s a couple of interesting things worth noting here: Airport to City The anticipated travel time from the Airport to City is 27 minutes, which is longer  ... [More]

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A different sort of train delay

A major shutdown of the southern part of the Frankston line for level crossing works started on 31st January, and was meant to finish about a week later at the end of Sunday 7th February. It was not to be. On Sunday afternoon, a delay was announced. They said works (and buses) would continue until  ... [More]