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Myki, iPhone and payment cards

What’s going on with iPhone and Myki?

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transport

Station shelter: mind the gaps

Am I miscounting? Is there really only one station with all-over platform shelter?

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transport

Heading to Heathcote

We’ve got family in Heathcote, so I visit there a few times a year. The town is about 110 kilometres north of Melbourne and has a population of just under 3000. So what are the current and past public transport options in a town like this? Have you ever noticed how the main freeways out  ... [More]

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transport

SRL: all or nothing?

Suburban Rail Loop was first announced by State Labor ahead of the 2018 election. They romped it in, and the conclusion was that the project had widespread support in the electorate. Despite the cost, it was genuinely seen as a big thinking, city-shaping project. Last week the Coalition announced they’d put the project on hold  ... [More]

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transport

Train seat covers

The past week has been a blur and I haven’t had time to post here, so here’s a quick one: On Wednesday I was on ABC Radio Melbourne, talking about train seat covers. Why train seat covers? It was inspired by a Reddit post that noticed the Siemens train seats have lots of station names  ... [More]

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transport

Were there more trains 100 years ago? (Part three)

I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to get back to this, but here’s the third post comparing old (1924 and 1974) vs current train timetables. Parts one and two covered the western and northwestern lines. Going clockwise the next lines are the red ones on the rail map: the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.  ... [More]

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transport

Glen Huntly tram derailment

The Glen Huntly level crossings are being grade separated, but the tram/train crossing looks like it’ll continue to cause problems until it’s gone next year. On Monday during evening peak, an outbound route 67 tram came off the rails at the crossing. This used to be my neighbourhood, and I don’t live far away, so  ... [More]

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transport

Future of the FTZ

Instead of a long rambling blog post today, you can read this from me in The Age: One reason this is being raised now is that problems around slow Myki readers and card availability (and other issues) are likely to be resolved under the new Myki contract. On the point that the FTZ encourages driving:  ... [More]

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transport

Glenhuntly crossing works underway

Works to remove the level crossings in my old neighbourhood of Glen Huntly are underway, including construction of a new Glenhuntly station. (The suburb is spelt as two words, the station as one. No, they’re not fixing the discrepancy, despite building an entirely new station. No, it doesn’t make sense.) A week’s closure of the  ... [More]

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Going green transport

Electric buses are coming

On Saturday I had my first brief ride in an electric bus. The electric bus seemed much quieter than it’s diesel cousins. And no engine vibration while idling. And no fumes of course.Great to see more electric buses coming into service – hopefully with ongoing investment in route reform and more frequent services.🚌 pic.twitter.com/AsVFhGWdKI —  ... [More]

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