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The circle is broken. But…

You might recall I had put in a request to Vicroads to resolve a 13 year old problem with a local bus zone. The bus zone hours hadn't been updated since last decade. In 2006 the operating hours of bus route 701 were extended so it runs until after 9pm in the evening, and Sunday service was introduced for the first time. Vicroads replied and said they had passed the query to PTV. Then PT

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Bus stop stripes

Sometimes I notice tiny things, and wonder what they're about. Have you noticed that some bus stops have a small colourful stripy bit of tape? https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/46639362384/ Intriguingly, many of them seem to match the colours of the logo of the bus operator for that route - even if the buses themselves are now all in the standard PTV orange livery. Here's on

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Bus punctuality stats finally public… well, some of them

The Age's Timna Jacks got hold of some bus punctuality figures via FOI, and published this story last week, which is worth a read: Late every second trip: Life on the delayed 232 bus The data provides a glimpse of something not normally in the public eye. Regular bus users know that some routes suffer greatly from lateness, but the statistics aren't usually published. With Timna's permiss

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The bus to F/Staff Stat via Royal Bot Gdns

There are undoubted challenges to writing information that has to fit into a limited space. Here's one I noticed recently where perhaps they haven't got the balance quite right. Bus route 605 was recently changed at its City end, to run via the Botanic Gardens, Southbank and Queen Street to Flagstaff Station, instead of the old route via Flinders, Queen, Lonsdale and Exhibition Streets.

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Public transport compo: what is the threshold?

If you're confused about tram and train compensation thresholds, you're not the only one. PTV announced earlier this month that: PTV CEO Jeroen Weimar said both Metro and Yarra Trams narrowly missed their new targets for punctuality in February, but met their targets for reliability. PTV's web site has figures for February 2018 that clearly show that of the three major operators -- Metro,

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Smartbus vs train: What’s faster for orbital travel?

One of the promises of the orbital Smartbus routes was to cater for crosstown travel. The Bracks Government's 2006 Meeting Our Transport Challenges document said this: The Government will invest $1.4 billion to create a crosstown transport network for Melbourne. Major new SmartBus routes, supported by improved local bus services, will connect with the rail network to create a grid of radial,

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Three bus stops outside Huntingdale, Victoria

Monday was Labour Day, and I went for a long morning walk. Well okay, I caught a 703 bus from Bentleigh to Centre Road/Huntingdale Road -- despite the PTV app incorrectly claiming it wasn't running most of the day. Then I walked to Huntingdale Station, then west along North Road, and gradually back home. Here are some things I saw along the way. Huntingdale has got a new bus interchange. The

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Is the Smartbus branding dead? Why not make every bus a Smartbus?

Smartbus was devised in the dying days of the Kennett government originally as a mostly hardware-based upgrade: traffic priority, real-time information at stops, distinctive bus stop signs and buses. Originally it didn't include service upgrades (which sparked derision from the PTUA at the time), but this was changed early on during the Bracks government, with a trial on routes 703 and 888/889

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Peace and quiet on the bus

A mate of mine told me this funny story, which I posted to Twitter yesterday. Here's a version with fewer emoji, and a bit more detail. He was on a bus heading out to Doncaster. Two young men got on, full of attitude. They sat in the back, and started playing music through a Bluetooth speaker. Music playing loudly in a confined public space is bad enough, but this music was of a genre

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Some brief transport stuff from this week

A post in an occasional series wrapping up a few brief transporty things from the last week or two. The new train design This might be the least crowded train I've ever caught. That's because it's a pretend train, a mock-up of a carriage and a half, somewhere in a warehouse in outer-suburban Melbourne. I got to see it last week on behalf of PTUA -- we've been included in stakeholder consulta