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The Frankston line X’trapolis – are you impressed?

You'd think from the tweets from Coalition MPs this morning that the arrival of the first X'trapolis train in service on the Frankston line was a miraculous huge leap forward for train travellers -- a rocket-powered, laser-guided teleportation device that can get you to your destination in seconds. Great to travel in the new X'Trapolis train on the Frankston line today! pic.twitter.com/8Fz1

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#Myki: touch-on, touch-off, touch-on, touch-off

Here's an interesting issue with Myki which has always been around to an extent, but which has got worse with the switch to exact two-hour fares. The problem The Myki software uses the two hour expiry of a fare as the time after which it assumes the next touch of your card is also a new fare. This implementation is in contrast to the fare rules, which say your fare lasts for as long as the trip

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Traffic light programming is why your CBD tram trip is start, stop, start

It's not uncommon to see trams stopped at traffic lights along Bourke Street, sometimes in queues, at locations where there is no stop. If you've wondered why your tram journey is start-stop, it won't surprise you to learn that the lights are all over the place. With the handy-dandy stopwatch function on my mobile phone, I timed the lights along the central and western section of Bourke Street

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Melbourne buses: many less frequent than 25 years ago

The Public Transport Not Traffic campaign organised a story in this week's local paper, via campaigners Tony, Danita and Oscar setting up a fake bus stop to call for better bus services. Among the quotes in the story from locals is this one from me: "Bentleigh has less frequent buses than it did 25 years ago." I've been (quite reasonably) asked if this is actually true. Yep, it is

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Others’ bum heat on PT seats. Good, or bad?

Tackling the big issues today... Two different winter PT philosophies: That awkward moment when you sit on a seat that someone just got off and you feel their left-over bum heat on your bum -- Mo on Twitter ...compared to... Two people got off the train at Clifton Hill so I grabbed their seats... Benefit = Warm Seat... #win #mondayitis -- Matt on Twitter I think I'm with Mo.

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Rebranding number 6 (in 20 years): Can we stick with “PTV” for a while please?

Do I win a prize? Following on from my photos a couple of years ago of a train, tram and bus in one shot, I've managed to get another (at the same location) of the three of them in the PTV livery. Common livery is not the most important thing in a public transport network, but it is important. It's a reminder that while the system may be run by lots of different companies, it is meant (in t

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Some big public transport changes coming on July 27th

The July 27th public transport network changes are pretty big. Some of the information is a bit vague, so here are some points I've gleaned from looking around, as well as chatting to Transdev, who run a lot of the bus routes that are changing. V/Line The big thing in rail is V/Line trains from Ballarat and Bendigo will start using the new Regional Rail Link tracks from Sunshine into the

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Transport news: Extra services in July / Rally tomorrow / 2 hour fares

Some bits of transport news worth noting today: July: new services The Herald Sun has the scoop on public transport service upgrades from late-July: Work commute eased as new train, tram, bus services announced (a very narrowly focussed headline given the upgrades benefit a lot more than 9-5 workers). Details are still a little sketchy, but what we do know is: Around 4000 extra servi

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Plea to stay safe – from a Melbourne train driver

This was posted on Facebook by a Melbourne train driver last week. It's well worth a read. Given he says "please share this" (and other copies doing the rounds are screen dumps, making it difficult to read, especially for those with vision issues), I'm posting the text in full here: I try to keep my posts upbeat, but right now, I need to vent. As most of you know, I am a train driver. Today, in

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House-hunters: Still seeking zone 1 for cheaper fares? Don’t bother

I was chatting on Friday to a colleague who has just bought a house with her husband. They ended up in an area they are familiar with and like, and as a bonus, she said, it's in zone 1. I was the same when I bought my house back in 2005 -- it wasn't necessarily the highest priority, but I wanted zone 1. Anybody familiar with Melbourne's public transport fares will know why. For trips into th