Another in my series of old ten year old photos.
This turned out to be a bit of a bumper crop – a few months before I’d got the Nokia N95 phone, my first with a decent camera, so perhaps no surprise the number of photos was increasing.
Melbourne’s first wind-powered tram had launched in 2008. Note the “Gone With The Wind” reference, and the pre-platform “safety zone” Elizabeth Street (at Bourke Street) tram stop.
Bentleigh – directional signage for bus drivers. This one for rail replacement buses inbound into the City.
A trip down to Geelong one Saturday…
…to visit the special Myki Shop in Ryrie Street, so I could try it for the first time.
I got to try out a Myki card, which you can read about here. I also came home with these amusing Myki wristbands, I guess to get The Kids on-side with the concept. Note the “scan on, scan off” messaging which later became “touch on, touch off” when they realised just how slow the first generation readers are.
Spotted in Footscray: a special bus stop for Regional Fast Rail project rail replacement coaches. RFR had finished about five years earlier.
An excursion to the in-laws farm. Like many farm practices, burning off a field was a bit of an eye-opener for this city boy.
Federation Square. Note the pre-renovation mustard colour of Flinders Street Station.
Flinders Street from another angle, showing the red Tourist Shuttle (not a shuttle) bus that was funded by the inner-city parking levy. When the bus was free, it could be quite crowded, but was virtually unused once they introduced a $5 fare.
The Parkiteer cage at Brighton Beach Station was getting plenty of use, as was the fence outside. Prior to 2015, a lot of people from further out would use zone boundary stations like Brighton Beach to avoid paying a Zone 1+2 fare which was about 55% higher than just Zone 1.
The old Bentleigh station in the autumn fog.
Also at Bentleigh station, where walkway crowding was becoming an issue, authorities made an effort to discourage bike parking.
Connex introduced its trial layout Comeng train, with a mini-launch for stakeholders one lunchtime. It had fewer seats; similar to later changes made across the fleet by Metro in 2015-16.
I got Connex’s Lanie Harris to introduce the new layout.
The students are revolting! I don’t recall how big this protest was.
One of the contenders for the prize of most confusing bus route was the 627. It has since been split into two separate routes, and is much easier to understand. This was one of few recommendations of the 2010 bus reviews that actually got implemented.
Finally, this moron in Bourke Street.
2 replies on “Old photos from April 2009”
The Fares Fair rally poster is still a current issue for many students. My younger child is a full-time post-grad student with almost no income yet pays full fare for PT. She applied for a low income health care card in January (which would entitle her to PT concession) but just gets sms’s from Centrelink telling her they are busy and will process her application when they get around to it!
These days you know something is wrong when the PM bus timetable only goes to 7 (lol) – ideally it would go to 9 or 10, or even 11 for the amplifier enthusiasts :-)