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The pros and cons of the new #FreeTramZone

Some of the arguments in favour of the Free Tram Zone seem very simplistic. Shaun Carney built a whole opinion piece around this in the Herald Sun on Thursday: basically, it doesn't matter if it's poorly thought out, sucks away resources, and doesn't get people out of cars -- if it's cheap or free, it must be good -- and hang the consequences. Things aren't that simple. The Free Tram

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Old photos from January 2005

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago... At the house in Carnegie, we had an old slide (which eventually got left there for whoever moved in after us) and a trampoline (which came with us, but in the end when we'd tired of it, got given to relatives who would use it more). Here I am mid-bounce, with my ancient Reg Mombassa Mambo for Greenpeace anti-car t-shirt. Back when I

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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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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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Tram extensions: Not as expensive as some claim #VicVotes

The Greens have policy going into the State Election for 17 smallish tram extensions. Mostly they make a lot of sense -- extending many tram routes from their current outer termini in the middle of nowhere (a hangover from when trams and railways competed) to a more logical point such as a nearby railway station or shopping centre. This helps ensure both ends of those routes go to somewhere use

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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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Giving with one hand, taking with the other: 2014-15 #Myki fare reform

I've already written previously about the fare changes happening (some announced in December, others announced in March), but it's probably worth considering them all together. Exact 2-hour fares -- from 10/8/2014 From yesterday, 2-hour fares are exactly two hours. Although it was originally flagged in December, this has crept up, quietly announced on Friday by PTV, with only two days

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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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Some of my photos from April 2004 – You won’t BELIEVE how similar everything was #clickbait

Continuing my series of posting ten-year-old photos, I was struck by the fact that many of the photos from April 2004 show some things have changed very little. Traffic in Collins Street, creeping into the tram lanes. Just recently more visible dividers have been added... I suspect they help, but don't completely prevent cars on the tracks. Spirit of Tasmania, seen from South Melbourne Bea