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#Myki. It’s as simple as Touch on (unless you don’t have to), and Touch off (only if you need to).

I noted this new Myki signage on trams, reflecting the free CBD tram zone from January: Once it was a simple message: Top up, touch on, touch off. Now it's top up, touch on (unless you don't need to) and touch off (only if you need to). From the PTV FAQ, it's clear that they haven't reprogrammed Myki for the free zone. If you touch on and/or off within it, you will be charged for zone

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My notes from a quick skim of the #EWLink business case

Late last night, the Herald Sun unexpectedly published the entire East West Link business case, ahead of its official release today. Some notes from me from a quick flick through: p12 makes various high-level claims, particularly faster trips for motorists -- but as we know, this benefit never lasts because traffic increases. p17 flags the toll prices used in the modelling: (2012 pric

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Public transport fares to rise about 5%

It hasn't been announced yet, but I understand Myki fares are going up about 5% in January. (Zone 1+2 fares will drop to zone 1 level of course, in line with the pledge made by the Coalition and matched by Labor.) This is rise the Coalition government announced in December 2013, which I assume the new Labor government has approved: 2.3% CPI, plus a rise in real terms of 2.5%. (Perhaps it'

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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

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Where’s the community’s focal point? It’s the railway station.

Two sleeps until the election. Apart from trying to get citizens out to a public meeting, where in the neighbourhood is the best place to meet as many people you can, face-to-face? Judging from what the politicians and lobby groups have been up to, it's the railway station -- on weekdays, at least. I've lost count of the number of flyers I've been handed at Bentleigh station over the past

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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 day 4, and wrap-up

Backdated. Posted 17/11/2014. Day 4 -- Sunday Not much to report. Breakfast at Darlinghurst's Jekyll & Hyde -- which was a bit meh. M's order came with unwanted eggs, which I adopted. Afterwards I realised it was one of the breakfast places I'd ruled out because some of its Urbanspoon reviews didn't sound that great (though it had a respectable score of 89). I'd happily go back to The Bu

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Sydney’s Opal card

(Backdated. Posted 14/11/2014.) During the Sydney trip I tried out Opal card, and M got one as well to try. It's worth remembering that although the system is provided by Cubic, who built London's Oyster system, its cost is not insubstantial -- $1.2 billion over 15 years. It's not quite as expensive, but is in the ballpark as Myki ($1.5 billion over ten years). Obtaining and topping u

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My smartcard collection – I’ll report on Opal soon!

Here is my collection of Australian public transport smartcards. The ones I'm missing are Adelaide, Canberra and Tasmania -- all of which have been introduced since my last visits there. Notably Perth's SmartRider is the only card that is blank on the back, which is why the card number (which I've blacked-out) is on the front. Some friends and family have also given me cards from over

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Quicker to wait for the hourly bus, or walk?

Last weekend I tried an experiment, for a PTUA video... In the highly marginal electorate of Bentleigh, having just missed the bus, is it quicker to wait for the next service, or walk to Southland? Given walking speeds and a five kilometre distance, perhaps the answer (at least for reasonably fit, able-bodied people) is obvious... More frequent weekend buses is easy. Most of the bus f