transport

PTV’s plans for in-cab signalling – could boost track capacity by 50%

A while back I had a read through the PTV rail network plan looking to summarise their view on the rollout of high capacity (in-cab) signalling. Sorry this post has been so long in coming. This short (three minute) video explains it nicely, but one analogy is that the current system is like driving around the burbs using nothing but traffic lights to determine when to stop or go. This of co

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The bus network has huge potential if reformed – and it’s not necessarily terribly expensive

I found myself at a party recently chatting about public transport. Not just late trains and packed trams, but specifically buses. Who said buses aren't interesting to anybody? It was in the broader context of sustainable transport in the inner-north, but one of the anecdotal snippets was this: one of the people I was chatting to lives in Brunswick and has a friend in the Edgewater estate at M

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PTV finally starts promoting the good stuff

You might recall a while ago I posted about the lack of awareness of $3.50 cheap weekend fares, and frequent (every 10 minutes) trains on some lines on weekends. Well, finally PTV are promoting both. This is a step forward. It's a shame the imagery in the frequent trains ad uses the outer stations' buildings -- likely to be unfamiliar to the vast majority of people along the line.

transport

Is there enough promotion of the good stuff in PT?

I was pondering awareness of a couple of things, so decided to try a quick online survey. Over about 24 hours it got just over 100 responses... unfortunately unless I pay SurveyMonkey $19 per month, they'll only tell me about the first 100. I think I'll just go with those for now. (Some people didn't respond to questions, which is why the totals add up to 98.) Firstly, I asked about Weekend Sav

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Some thoughts on PTV’s rail wishlist, umm I mean Network Development Plan

I had been writing a blog post about proposed rail lines, and even went to the trouble of drawing a map of what was known about the various proposals floating around. Yesterday a very detailed PTV Network Development Plan for the rail network was released with lots of much prettier and more comprehensive maps. The portents of its release have been there. In the past few weeks, several studies i

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Myki myths 3: credit expires after 90 days – no it doesn’t

The short version Myki credit, once on your card, does not expire after 90 days of not getting used. Nor does your card expire after 90 days of not getting used. If you top-up your Myki via online or phone (NOT over-the-counter or at a vending machine) but then you don't use the card within 90 days, then you may have some issues. The full version It's a persistent myth of Myki i

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PTV: it’s more than just rebranding, but will it make a difference?

Much of the tram and bus stop signage around the CBD was modified over the weekend, with PTV (Public Transport Victoria) logos replacing the Metlink logos. And the Metlink web site now forwards to a reskinned (but essentially identical, so far) PTV web site. But it would be a mistake to assume this is just a rebranding exercise. PTV is the trading name of the Coalition government's Public Transp