How crowded is your line?

An article the other day revealed the latest passenger counts on trains show that overcrowding during peak hour has dropped slightly. I don't have those figures to hand, but I do have these graphs from 2007 handy, and I thought it might be interesting for people to see how the various lines compare. Patronage has grown, but the patterns haven't changed much. They show the loads by counting the

PTUA, transport

Something for your Pod

I don't have a post for you this morning, so here's something I prepared earlier. This morning I had a chat to the people at 3CR about PT issues, and it reminded me of this recording from Joy FM back in April. I think they'd been intending to post the podcast themselves, but haven't... so I'll do it myself. Public transport -- Joy FM "Heating Up" 6/4/2009 (MP3 -- 8 mins 39 secs, 8Mb) Ther


Who will it be?

The big announcement may well come in the next few days: who will take over running Melbourne's trams and trains from November? Anybody want to put their predictions on the table? Leave a comment! Your choices: Trains: Connex (Veolia, incumbent) or MTM (Hong Kong MTR consortium) or Keolis Trams: Yarra Trams (TransdevTSL, incumbent) or Keolis (I had a Google survey thing here for a sh


Phoenix changing

When I visited Phoenix, Arizona in 1996, it appeared to be the archetypal car-dominated city. I was told pretty much the only PT was buses once an hour. The freeways were packed at rush hour. Nobody walked anywhere. The downtown area was (especially on weekends) so deserted that they had to have signs saying "Welcome to downtown Phoenix" so that you knew you were downtown. While the people w


I got a Myki, and it only cost $1.3 billion

I tried Myki for myself on Saturday in Geelong. Bought one for the promotional price of $5 in the special Myki Shop in Ryrie Street and hopped on a bus to the station. (HQ available if you click through) Some brief notes on it: It worked as advertised. Took $1.80 from my initial $5 balance The scanners are slow, much slower than your typical big building door scanner, which does the

Friends and loved ones, Retrospectives, transport

My dad and the trains

When I was a kid, my dad would take us to Camberwell Civic Centre every April or so, to see the huge model train exhibition they had there. We'd wander around for a couple of hours and I would dream that one day I'd have a really big, detailed train set. Early on I had Lego trains; the ones with the blue rails, and coveted the mains electric ones, which I saw in a foreign language Lego catalogu

Melbourne, Photos, transport


It may be costing $700 million, and it may be causing untold confusion and inconvenience while it's being built, and the new name might be silly... but damn, that rolly roof is impressive. Click here to see it bigger (and unencumbered by the blog navigation) (Yeah, there's a slight glitch in the picture where a taxi was moving.) Mind you, I'm still wondering why they put the roof on f



Over the years, my taste in clothing (as well as other things such as food) has improved immeasurably. Various influences - in particular certain girlfriends - have led me to try and take a little more care of my appearance. I'm not quite up to the standard proffered by The Age recently of the "Metrosexual", but I don't enjoy looking like a slob. Even if I still do look like a slob somet