Train services vs patronage

A follow-up to last week's post mapping out the number of train services per station. Commenter Andrew suggested I compare it against patronage - happily I'd been working on this anyway! Here it is - and as a bonus I've got hold of 2017-18 station patronage data. The darker the blue, the higher the boardings per service. Click on a station to see the numbers. What's interesting is


Visualisation: how many services from your station?

I don't know why I didn't think of this before: slicing and dicing GTFS data is not as intimidating as I thought it might be, and it's pretty easy to import into Google Maps so you can visualise it. Once you find what you want and figure out its quirks, you can get some pretty useful stuff. Let's start with this: a map of the total number of weekday Metro train departures per station. Click


How does the new local bus route fit into the network?

Good news: New bus route 627 starts in June, running from Moorabbin to Chadstone via East Bentleigh and Murrumbeena. Excuse the micro-transport-blogging about this specific route in my local area, but (as usual) there are considerations that are relevant across the network. This new route fills some gaps in the local network, including East Boundary Road (which is meant to be part of the Pr


PT service kilometres vs population

In the world of public transport, services are what counts. Infrastructure is important, but ultimately, infrastructure is only built to enable services. If the train only runs every 40 minutes, it's a long wait whether the station is 100 years old, or shiny brand new. Today is State Budget day, and it's a good chance to look at the overall level of service around the network. The Budget


Temporary track to minimise disruptions

I think this is quite clever. When trains or trams are partially closed for planned works, generally the less of the route is disrupted, the better. But this is always limited by the placement of turnaround facilities. Witness the current Sandringham line closure: the major works are at South Yarra, but because (despite what was said beforehand) the infrastructure issue at Elsternwick hasn'

Politics and activism, transport

Illogical obsession

Saturday's Federal Election result might have been unexpected by many, but it underscores the Coalition's illogical obsession with East West Link. Well, illogical from a transport planning perspective that is. Remember, it's got a business case that says it will lose money - unless you include Wider Economic Benefits with which the Victorian Auditor General had, and I quote: significant issues


Weekend traffic

A short rant. It's Saturday, and I'm driving in heavy traffic. I'm making a trip that's impractical using any other mode, alongside thousands of others, many also making trips impractical using any other mode. It's not about options along that particular stretch of road. It's about the whole transport network, supporting people's trips end to end. On an overpass I see a train go by. I


More information = good

Wednesday morning's commute for me was one of those made easier via good quality real-time information. My usual train was cancelled. I knew this before I left the house thanks to checking the PTV app. The app also told me that other trains were delayed. It was going to be a messy commute. Bleugh. Sometimes in morning peak when there is a cancellation, you can backtrack from Bentleigh to

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Old photos from April 2009

Another in my series of old ten year old photos. This turned out to be a bit of a bumper crop - a few months before I'd got the Nokia N95 phone, my first with a decent camera, so perhaps no surprise the number of photos was increasing. Melbourne's first wind-powered tram had launched in 2008. Note the "Gone With The Wind" reference, and the pre-platform "safety zone" Elizabeth Street (at Bo


Some Night Buses barely used

The Age ran this story based on data FOI'd by The Greens:Running on empty: Secret data reveals Melbourne's 'ghost buses' I got to take a look at the data, focusing on Night Bus routes. The current Night Network commenced in January 2016, following a 2014 election pledge by Labor to introduce all-night trains (on all suburban electrified lines) and trams (on 6 routes), as well as coaches to