Not the Rome Metro

You’re going to have to trust me on this because it doesn’t show up well in the picture, but this train seen this morning said “ROME” on the back, instead of “METRO”. Evidently someone had been re-arranging some of the letters
"ROME" trains

By some freak occurrence, last week I found myself travelling on the Upfield line twice in two days — including through Melbourne’s only station named after a superhero. (Or not.)
Batman station

Eagle-eyed people might have noticed new letter indicators on the platforms at Parliament and Flagstaff. Apparently they’re to help platform staff at the most crowded PM peak locations (Parliament eastbound; Flagstaff westbound) announce which carriages have the most space, though I am yet to notice them do so… and I note these ones are on Flagstaff’s Burnley loop platforms, where they aren’t really needed.
Flagstaff station platform markers

A lot of tram stops, particularly those where the tram doesn’t stop in traffic, are getting platforms. The only catch with this, of course, is that on many of the routes getting them, no low-floor trams run yet, so for the moment it doesn’t help with accessibility. This one is at the terminus of route 64 in Brighton.
Not an accessible tram

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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9 replies on “Not the Rome Metro”

Friends used to live in Preston, which is in the electorate of Batman. One of their fridge magnets/calendars was from the local ALP member, and read “Martin Ferguson… working for Batman”. I did chortle.

Nearly all of the platform stops along route 64 are also served by route 5. There are the odd few that aren’t such as the one above though.

The entire route 75 extension to Vermont South has platform stops but there are no accessible trams. This has resulted in controversy.

I don’t get what the B and C arrows mean or how they are used.. can someone please explain. I’m very interested.

@Damo, they are intended to match positions of the carriages along the platform (when stopping in the afternoon peak direction), eg carriage A, B, C, D, E, F.

V/Line also use carriage letters, in association with seat bookings on their long distance services.

Even one less step helps with accessibility – makes boarding quicker by that fraction of a second per passenger.

I had also noticed that Metro have adopted a new voice for the PRIDE system, which refers to “trains” as “services”…the gap between “to” and “Watergardens” is now non-existant…what a shame…

@ Daniel

Oh okay, thats a pretty good concept, but as you commented with the photo, it is yet to be used by the station staff.


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