transport

How many catch V/Line in peak hour?

Last night on the TV news they seemed to be struggling for an accurate figure of how many were affected by the closure of the Geelong line. One said "hundreds", another said "up to a thousand". Figures on V/Line's web site, which summarise the number of people on each train so you can plan your trip to avoid the packed ones, indicate that about three thousand catch the Geelong line each peak ho

transport

A whole bunch more on Myki

The billion-dollar-plus Myki ticketing system is slowly moving forward. They're expecting it to be switched on (at least in part) in Melbourne by the end of the year, followed by V/Line sometime next year. It already runs on regional town buses in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and the Latrobe Valley. Interestingly there are apparently no plans to run it on more regional town buses. So

Bendigo 2009

Trams, pies, and getting in touch with my roots

(Posted 5th October. Backdated to the day it happened.) While waiting for breakfast to arrive, we flicked around the TV, noting that Channel 9's Today Show kept showing bits of the previous night's Hey Hey special. After breakfast (eggs on toast x 3) we gathered up all our bags and checked out and strolled across the street to the bus stop. A bus showed up which wasn't one of those listed on

Bendigo 2009

Sending my kids down the mine

(Posted 2nd October. Backdated to the day it happened.) Originally the plan had been to go to Canberra for 4-5 days, possibly driving up via Lakes Entrance and perhaps back via Kelly country. One of the reasons for wanting to go to Canberra was that I'd been keen to see a display at Old Parliament House: the Living Democracy: Power of the People exhibition, because part of it highlights communi