You passenger. Me train.

"Me" trains

This picture has not been digitally altered. Maybe they got halfway through putting the stickers on the front, then realised the train was needed to run a service.

In other news, while Metro got their June performance figures out almost two weeks ago, and Yarra Trams and V/Line have also published theirs, the Department of Transport still hasn’t put out their version. I’m told it’s not expected until late this week — perhaps their Apple II running VisiCalc is still churning through the numbers.

Metro and V/Line missed their targets; eligible passengers are encouraged to apply for compensation.

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.

11 replies on “You passenger. Me train.”

I’ve noticed on several occasions under Metro they don’t bother giving priority to the early morning express if it’s running a bit late. I catch the train that runs from Pakenham at 5.21 AM (service usually full, Express OAK-CFD-SYR). Following is a stopper from Westall (service carries only few passengers, departs 6.00 AM and for some odd reason they pull this train from Dandenong yard and not Westall)

This morning the train from Pakenham was running about 5 minutes late but nevertheless that insisted on pulling the stopper out in front at 6am and there was no passing at Oakleigh or switching tracks at Caulfield which is what happened under Connex (yes, happened on the odd occasion before for the same train conflict, given it is early morning and there isn’t much traffic on the line)

So the 5-minute-late train was a 12-minute-late train by the time we inched our way in from Oakleigh to South Yarra – Had about 20 seconds to run up the ramp to the 6.28 Sandringham on Platform 2 which fortunately was a little late itself!!!!! So I’m not surprised if they’re having trouble with their performance figures!!

I actually like the new metro livery on the comeng trains, it’s refreshing when compared to the usual window stripe that the other operators used. I wonder if they’ll bother putting new livery on the hitachi trains.

Southern Cross Station Master’s Phone.
A year ago, I was given the phone number to the Southern Cross station master by the man at the barriers… very useful, when the displays make no sense, you can call & get a better answer as to the delays which were occuring during the evening peak.
Well, when I used the number recently, I was told in no uncertain terms that
(1) I shouldn’t have this number as it was confidential
(2) I must delete it from my phone
(3) It is reserved for bomb threats! (if it is confidential, how do potential bombers know it?)

The metlink enquiry number is the only approved method of enquiring of delays at SC! – totally useless

Should I publish the number or delete it?

666M! Not sure I’ve noticed that before (or maybe it never travels on my line). I’ll be catching the next one thanks, lest I end up with characters from “Supernatural” travelling with me.

I would publish the number as widely as possible, and encourage all my friends and acquaintances to call it, often.

I’ve been keen to see those Dept Transport figures too, so I can plot of another month of slumping Frankston line punctuality figures on my amusing little graph. (Could they have dropped below 60% in June? It certainly felt like it. The suspense is too much! :P)

Metro should certainly be compelled to start crediting reimbursements to every Myki account automatically, perhaps as a set percentage of the total spent in the given month or something. Such that everyone’s fares are retrospectively discounted by a flat X% in a bad month. As you said, the current arrangement barely represents any incentive for improvement at all.

Been on this a few times. Hell, I think it was even published in an edition of the Herald Sun.

If it helps, I have seen a Comeng in Metro temporary livery, and somehow the Metro coverup was ripped off, and underneath it one could see it’s Connex heritage….

Ah, she’s back from the dead (or maybe she was already undead and came back reincarnated as Metro…)

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