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Funeral for a tram stop

Following the decision to close tram stops in Collins St, Flinders St and Victoria Pde, and expectations that more will follow, there will be a funeral for tram stop 7 at Russell and Collins Streets on Monday:

Tram Stop 7, Route 109

Public Funeral
12.30pm, Monday 23rd May 2005
Cnr Collins St & Russell St

Please bring your friends and colleagues, and join the Collins Street Precinct Association, the Public Transport Users Association, Collins St traders, residents and others to pay your respects to a tram stop that has served Melbourne well.

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By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

8 replies on “Funeral for a tram stop”

Where I work is directly in front of that tram stop, and since I discovered it was closing I’ve been monitoring how many people use it. It’s constantly got at least 5-10 people waiting, which is more than at many other stops around the city. Evidently patronage wasn’t factored into their decision at all. Stupid!

It is unfortunate that Melbourne City Council’s understanding of tram priority requires the removal of existing tram stops!

International experience has demonstrated that traffic light priority is the major contributing factor towards improving public transport travel times for both buses and trams.

Faster journey times not only have benefits for passengers but they also provide higher asset utilisation of rolling stock, thus providing higher cost recovery (as well as potential improving patronage).


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