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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from July 2011

I’m a few days late with this, but here are some more old photos from ten years ago: July 2011. Halfway through installing Myki barriers at Southern Cross Station for the V/Line platforms. Also at Southern Cross, in the Myki centre (now the PTV Hub), was this interesting sight. It’s just a Myki Machine isn’t  ... [More]

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transport

Pakenham East: home of the Evolution trains

Last week, before lockdown started, I got to look around the Pakenham East train depot, courtesy of Evolution Rail – which is the company introducing the High Capacity Metro Trains onto the rail network. (My personal view is that HCMT is a terrible name for a train. Some people are calling them Evolution trains, and  ... [More]

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Retrospectives

The best thing this week

For those of us back in lockdown, hope you’re doing okay. Let me tell you about the best thing this past week. (No transport content here; if that’s what you’re after, you can skip this post.) In 1928, Gurney Slade wrote Lovers And Luggers, a novel set in Broome amongst pearl divers. The movie rights  ... [More]

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transport

New suburbs, poor service

You might assume that it’s only new outer suburbs where public transport services are half-baked. But it can also be the case in new inner suburbs. Edgewater is on the Maribyrnong River, opposite Flemington Racecourse, about 6km from the GPO. It’s former Commonwealth land which included the Footscray Ammunition Factory, and was developed over the  ... [More]

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transport

Suburban Rail Loop: a train every 5 or 6 minutes?

It looks like SRL will be designed to run about every 5 minutes.

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transport

The multi-storey failure of Pork and Ride

The Federal Auditor General released its report into the Commuter Car Parking Fund, and found it totally flawed, with the selection of sites done on the basis of politics, not merit. You can read the full ANAO report here, but I wanted to highlight the myriad of problems with the scheme. 1. The politics The  ... [More]

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transport

Glenhuntly station designs released

Some thoughts on the new station design

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Photos

Seeing stars

For two nights last month I was in northern Victoria, at the in-laws’ farm, standing around in the dark with my camera and my friend Gary, learning from him how to photograph the night sky. It was bloody cold. But there’s little or no light pollution up there, and despite some cloud around, mostly the  ... [More]

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transport

Tumbling patronage

Just a quick post today. The State Budget Papers obviously give an overview of the state’s finances, and new funding initiatives. In Victoria, they also provide the only regular, consistent view of metrics for a range of government services, including public transport patronage. (In contrast, other states put this data out far more regularly.) Anyway,  ... [More]

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transport

Sydney vs Melbourne PT patronage

Last year I wrote a blog pondering why Sydney’s rail patronage is 50% higher than Melbourne’s. This has got a fresh airing amid speculation that Melbourne’s COVID-19 spread is linked to greater urban mobility in Melbourne compared to Sydney. I thought I’d quickly look at public transport patronage specifically. Here it is summed up in  ... [More]