transport

Proposed Tucker Road bus would fill a gap, but…

Bentleigh state MP Nick Staikos has released a map of a proposed new bus route, from Moorabbin via Bentleigh and Hughesdale to Chadstone: Releasing a proposed new bus route for discussion. What do you think of this #Moorabbin #HamptonEast #Bentleigh #EastBentleigh #McKinnon? pic.twitter.com/tf2w2wIM6a— Nick Staikos MP (@NStaikos) August 27, 2017 As I see them, the pluses: A rout

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See London by bus

(Backdated. Posted 21/10/2017) Our second last day on London. While the others had breakfast, I ducked out of the flat to try and find a post office, as I'd neglected to give one of my relatives a souvineer from Australia, and thought it best to mail it while we were still in England. The nearest post office was embedded in a kind of supermarket/newsagent, a not unfamiliar scenario that occu

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Epic bus ride to the end of the land

(Backdated. Posted 22/8/2017.) Unlike the budget hotel in Bath, this hotel in Penzance included a full English breakfast, of which we availed ourselves. Very tasty. We'd be spending the day in and around Penzance, but leaving in the evening, so we had to check-out. The hotel initially seemed a bit iffy about having the space to keep all our bags for the day. The station doesn't offer left lu

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Battling the buses

(Backdated. Posted 4/8/2017.) We'd be leaving Cardiff the next day, so before heading out we decided to get some laundry done. This is one of the benefits of Air B'n'B over hotels - at least if you've booked somewhere with a washing machine. Then, what excursion today? We'd considered trying to get to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, which as many would kno

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The CBD bus ride that #Myki thought was in Brighton

So apparently the installation of GPS equipment to track buses stop-by-stop in realtime hasn't helped Myki zone detection at all. On Tuesday at lunchtime I caught a bus from Queensbridge Street (aka Casino East, the brand new tram/bus platform stop) to Queen Street. It's all within 1 kilometre of the city centre -- about as far from zone 2 as you can get. And it's on a route with realtim

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Double decker bus for Melbourne

Melbourne's getting a new double decker bus. It's been on display at a trade show at Jeff's Shed (that's the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for those not in the know), and a PTV contact passed these photos on... Inside, as you'd expect, the low ceiling makes it seem a little more cramped than single deck buses. But from memory of riding them in the UK, this isn't generally seen as a probl

transport

Transdev bus routes are changing – some proposals good, some bad

Transdev are seeking survey responses to their planned bus network changes for 2015, and unlike last time, they are properly doing community consultation. But if you are interested, today is the last day you can submit feedback. Last week I went along to the Transdev session in Sandringham, and spoke to reps there about various points, mostly related to the changes in that area. From my

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Our new Premier on the need for frequent public transport #FrequencyIsFreedom

One should never read too much into politicians' rhetoric, but it was rather good to see comments from Premier-elect Daniel Andrews on Monday in free commuter newspaper MX: "Yes, we need better local roads and yes, we do need to invest in that infrastructure, but the transformational infrastructure is a better public transport system. One where you don't need a timetable, one where you can comf

transport

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt on the 822

Incumbent Elizabeth Miller has gone strong on "saving the 822", promoting via Facebook and an ad the front page of the local Leader newspaper last week, apparently trying to imply that Labor is proposing to scrap the route completely. Having put the claim out there on Facebook, the Liberals have done nothing to quell people's fears that the route might be scrapped. Comments on the Faceb

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Sydney trip day 2: Friday

Posted 12/11/2014. Backdated to 7/11/2014. On the morning of day two in Sydney, after a sleep-in, we breakfasted. I'd looked at UrbanSpoon and concluded that every venue reviewed has its share of whingers -- it's a matter of identifying who is complaining about Real Stuff and who is complaining about trivia or a freak bad experience. The Royal in Darlinghurst seemed to have fewer whingers than