Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from October 2010

It’s the end of the month, so here’s one of my regular posts of ten year old photos.

First posted at the time, here’s what happens when a garbage truck breaks down.

Tow truck towing a Veolia garbage truck

The big thing in transport in October 2010 was the launch of the new “DART” (Doncaster Area Rapid Transit, thankfully a name that has mostly fallen by the wayside) Smartbus services along Lonsdale Street. It was a revamp of existing Eastern Freeway bus routes, with real-time information at major stops, specially branded buses with automated stop announcements on-board, some bus priority, but most importantly, more frequent services.

Smartbus promotion, October 2010

The new “totem” bus stop signs were installed to help promote the Smartbus services by making them more prominent.

New Smartbus stop outside County Court, Lonsdale Street, October 2010

The placement of this new Smartbus sign in Lonsdale Street near Queen Street was not chosen well. It ended up some distance away from the stops (see the totems in the background) hidden behind shop signage.

New Smartbus signage on Lonsdale Street, October 2010

Here’s how it looks from the stop:

Flagstaff station: With one escalator out of order, the remaining one was left operating upwards for exit out of the station, despite it being afternoon peak. The MX (free newspaper) guy had figured out that more people would be coming down than up, even if the station staff hadn’t.

Flagstaff station escalators, Local campaign to divert planned bus route in Brighton, October 2010

The State Government had done thorough reviews of local bus services. One of the few recommendations they pursued was to extend route 626 through to Brighton, on an almost direct route along Union Street. But due to the road layout at Nepean Highway it needed to also run along Landcox, Lansdown and Milroy Streets. The locals were having none of it.

Local campaign to divert planned bus route in Brighton, October 2010

This idea that bus services every half-hour would cause traffic congestion is an odd one. Equally strange is the idea that buses driven by professional drivers are a danger for children – but private cars and 4WDs (some of them driven by untrained distracted idiots) are not.

It’s also short term thinking to believe that you and your family would never want to use the bus yourselves, and want it nearby. Many of us will one day have kids who are teenagers and want to travel about. Many of us will live to an age where one day driving ourselves is no longer a good idea.

The NIMBYs won this battle (from memory this was in part because the following month Labor lost power and the local Liberal MP was strongly against the bus route). Subsequrntly, route 626 to this day does a huge indirect circuit via North Road to get between Union Street and Bay Street.

There were similar arguments a few years later when the good burghers of McKinnon went into battle against local buses in McKinnon Road (that is, the section of McKinnon Road that didn’t already have buses), resulting in the new route 627 avoiding it, partly duplicating route 703 instead.

Local campaign to divert planned bus route in Brighton, October 2010

Out east, here’s Ringwood station, showing off its steep non-DDA-compliant ramps, before the 2015-16 renovation.

Ringwood station before redevelopment, October 2010
Ringwood station bus interchange, October 2010

Finally, a photo from the campaign trail. In the run-up to the 2010 state election, the Victorian Greens announced their vision for public transport, which included returning it to be publicly run.

Victorian Greens announce their plan for public transport for the 2010 election, October 2010

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.

3 replies on “Old photos from October 2010”

It is interesting how especially Liberal Party politicians pick up local issues that make no real sense and run with them, seemingly just to oppose the incumbent Labor Party.
A friend lived in Leila Road Ormond with the 625 running past her place. It is a narrow street and a problem for buses if there are parked cars and oncoming traffic. Just looking at a map, why couldn’t it run along the wider? Oakleigh Road and have the traffic lights where Oakleigh Road meets Grange Road. I suppose there an historical reason, but I can’t imagine what.

“Many of us will one day have kids who are teenagers and want to travel about.”
Yep, they use mum and dad’s taxi service.

Those Smartbus upgrades really helped getting to and from CBD from Collingwood quickly! Also never had to wait long for a service with several options travelling down the same inner city route before the freeway.

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