Go to the latest transport blog posts.
This index is designed to make significant posts on various transport topics a little easier to find.
For now the lists under each topic heading are in date order… you may like to use your browser’s Find feature (eg Control-F) to find specific words.
I’ll revise/cull/add to the list semi-regularly. Got suggestions? Leave a comment.
- What’s Melbourne’s busiest bus route? — Not one of the usual ones!
- Transdev bus routes are changing: Give your feedback!
- Quicker to wait for the hourly bus, or walk?
- Bentleigh area bus routes: Don’t just tinker; we need a proper plan
- Melbourne buses: many less frequent than 25 years ago
- PTV’s plan for a network of frequent buses
- Your local bus company may have changed
- The bus network has huge potential if reformed — and it’s not necessarily terribly expensive
- Buses, trains, and bus ways
Concepts and miscellaneous
- Ferries: to work, they need a lot more than a guaranteed comfortable seat
- Ten years since “Meeting Our Transport Challenges”
- Finally Melbourne has Google Transit
- Photographing LED displays – such as bus and tram destination signs
- Night Network begins with fireworks
- Benefits to non-motorists from level crossing removals
- Public transport system signage – mostly improving, but some is getting vaguer
- Luckily most people don’t bring their cars to central Melbourne
- Our new Premier on the need for frequent public transport
- Rebranding number 6 (in 20 years): Can we stick with “PTV” for a while please?
- The curse of dead running — enemy of the passenger
- PTV unified rebranding — pros, cons, and is it the last ever?
- Bay ferry proposals — politically appealing, but not very useful to people
- #FrequencyIsFreedom – even in the country
- Seats: Who is meant to stand up for whom?
- Opening day: the new Bentleigh and Ormond stations — and Mckinnon
- Bentleigh/Mckinnon/Ormond level crossing removals: It wasn’t just a 37 day project
- What can Melbourne learn from Singapore’s skyrails?
- Dandenong Skyrail debate continues
- What if Bentleigh had got Skyrail?
- Under, over? Level crossing removal techniques compared
- Glenhuntly level crossing and the vanishing petition
- Dandenong line skyrail proposal
- Level crossings: Which are funded to be removed, which are promised?
- A look around the new Springvale station
Melbourne compared with other systems
- What can Melbourne learn from Singapore’s skyrails?
- Things I learnt about the Singapore MRT (and a comparison with Melbourne)
- Comparing public transport smartcards around Australia
- Sydney’s Opal card
- Perth’s SmartRider vs Melbourne’s Myki
- Queensland’s Go Card vs Myki
Myki and fares
- Now mostly no monetary benefit from touching-off your Myki
- The pros and cons of the new Free Tram Zone
- Another glitch with Myki: It pays you $1.52 to travel further
- Today marks five years of Myki in Melbourne
- Myki: It’s as simple as Touch on (unless you don’t have to), and Touch off (only if you need to).
- Touch-on, touch-off, touch-on, touch-off
- Giving with one hand, taking with the other: 2014-15 Myki fare reform
- House-hunters: Still seeking zone 1 for cheaper fares? Don’t bother
- New gates 2014
- Hardly any money on your Myki? You can still travel — but beware of the caveats
- New fares — comparing cost per kilometre
- Proposal for free CBD trams
- Known Myki bugs, and all the other things they should fix
- Myki “hacking”, and jumping at shadows – DON’T PANIC!
- City of Melbourne draft walking plan, 2014
- City of Glen Eira reminder to keep footpaths clear
- Motorcycle/scooter parking on footpaths — In a crowded city centre, this doesn’t make sense.
- 1 in 6 have challenges just getting down the street. Don’t block the footpath.
- William Street — too much space for cars?
Politics and activism
- State Budget 2016
- Build it up, tear it down: your taxes at work
- Where’s the community’s focal point? It’s the railway station. (And: political flyers)
- Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt on the 822
- Govt flyer sent to Bentleigh voters missing any mention of their biggest project: EWLink
- Airport rail begins here… well, eventually, maybe
- What do people want prioritised? PT or roads? Every survey says PT.
- Transport political advertising
- See a problem that’s newsworthy? Get the footage!
- Some local PT issues in Bentleigh
- Sovereign risk not an excuse for pursuing bad policy: Labor should pledge to scrap EWLink contracts
- Labor’s all-night PT proposal (and how do other cities manage 24-hour trains?)
- Abbott reckons the Commonwealth doesn’t fund railways… Of course they do. Here are some examples.
Roads and driving
- Barred from Bayswater – that escalated quickly – road lanes to be reduced
- East-west traffic is not increasing
- My notes from a quick skim of the EWLink business case
- The “tradies” argument for more roads
- EWLink’s real cost to Victorians: Could easily be $10b for stage 1
- Kingsway to Williamstown Road in 4 minutes? Impossible!
- East West Link: What is it? What is it For? Why it won’t die easily? – Sophie Sturup on mega projects
- Photos: the loveliness of elevated roadways
- Domain tunnel closed. Gridlock? What gridlock?
- EastWestLink “congestion-busting”? They promised that for Citylink, and it wasn’t.
- Signage indicating motorists shouldn’t enter Swanston and Bourke Streets
- A flick through the East West business case (short form, nothing to see here — just trust us)
- Bike lanes that don’t disappear 50m before an intersection? Yes, it is possible.
- Stay on the train, or join the traffic? Some young adults are rejecting cars.
- Want roadside assistance but don’t want to fund RACV’s lobbying? Plenty of alternatives — cheaper too
- Vicroads and their decades-long plans for road widening
- Yesterday’s Monash closure showed why a “backup for the Westgate” won’t work
- “Second river crossing”? We already have six.
- How much ground level parking is there in Melbourne’s CBD?
- The 1969 freeway plan: bit by bit, most of it is getting built
- Truck rollovers under the low bridge at the Spencer/Flinders Street corner
- If the cross-city tunnel isn’t aimed at getting cars into the city, why does the promotional literature show just that?
- The four circles of bustitution
- A look around Bombardier’s Dandenong train (and tram) factory
- Extra track and fleet capacity is great! But what about extra services?
- Park and ride is not as significant as you might assume
- In-cab signalling and platform doors – two pieces of the puzzle
- Impact from road and rail shut downs
- Dandenong line capacity boost undersold
- Station codes: yes, FKN is the code for Frankston
- How many tracks? Why 2 is better than 1, and 4 is better than 3 tracks.
- Bustitution: is it free, or not?
- New seat layouts, and the train load standard is increasing from 798 to 900
- Yes, train punctuality has increased – thanks to timetable padding
- 10 minute trains – there is a rollout plan – but when will it get funded?
- The Frankston line X’trapolis – are you impressed?
- New PTV train map
- Deer Park PSOs – waiting up to 90 minutes between trains
- Regional Rail Link tour part 2 braindump
- Melbourne Rail Link: has it been properly planned?
- Plea to stay safe – from a Melbourne train driver
- CBD rail capacity myths: Loop tunnel usage, Stations served, the European solution
- Labor and Coalition rail tunnel plans compared
- What can be done to reduce and better deal with disruptions?
- The government loves talking about train punctuality. Cancellations? Not so much.
- Govt congratulates itself on transport. But are the stats really that good? (Overcrowding, and running times)
- The Dandenong line upgrade: What’s included, what’s missing?
- Metro 1/Metro 2/Metro Rail Capacity Project — The Metro rail tunnel’s many names
- PTV’s plans for in-cab signalling — could boost track capacity by 50%
- Train window ads — what about visibility?
- FOI shows early planning under way for all-night weekend trains in Melbourne
- Frankston line — has train punctuality really improved? Well yes, but…
- My brain dump from a look around the Regional Rail Link project
- Frankston line: $100m of upgrades coming. What’s included, and what isn’t?
- Still waiting for Southland station
- 798 is NOT the capacity of a Melbourne train
- Railway lines down freeways: good idea? Only if there’s no viable alternative
- Lynbrook station design — more than meets the eye
- V/Line’s possible timetables in 2021
- Metro’s possible timetables in 2021
- Australia’s airport trains and buses compared
- How many people use each railway station? — and represented in graphical form
- Timetable Mastermind: confusion on the Frankston line 6pm-7pm
- Should the City Loop reverse at lunchtime?
- The different types of trains
- The hidden message in the train seats
- Why some trains only run on some lines
- Making tracks: Why does Australia have problems with multiple rail gauges?
- A look around Bombardier’s Dandenong train (and tram) factory
- The new improved Preston tram depot
- Tram extensions: Not as expensive as some claim
- Traffic light programming is why your CBD tram trip is start, stop, start
- A look inside the new E-class trams
- What are the load standards for the different types of trams?
- The Elizabeth Street “which tram leaves first” conundrum: at last there is a solution
- Investment in motorways vs rail capacity — where are we at?
- Service Kilometres Per Capita — are public transport services keeping up with population growth?
- “People should be able to choose their mode of travel”
- It’s logical for PTV load surveys to exclude cancelled services
- Melbourne PT: an unofficial map of frequent (usable) services
- Is there enough promotion of the good stuff in PT?
- Compared: Metro rail tunnel vs East West Road — which is more efficient at moving people?
- Some thoughts on PTV’s rail wishlist, umm I mean Network Development Plan
- Public transport: more openness, accountability, and consultation is needed
- “Value capture” development above Ormond station? Good idea… in theory
- Value capture over rail lines – why doesn’t it happen more often?
- High-density around railway stations: a good idea, if done well (but that’s a big If)
- Flinders Street redevelopment — why do none of the designs respect the existing building?
- Real estate agent signs blocking footpaths – improving but some need more work
- Do your bit for walkability: keep the footpath clear
- Melbourne CBD traffic light ‘upgrade’ – pedestrians lose out again – following this post and feedback, it was fixed
You might also find useful: the PTUA Myths pages.
One reply on “Transport topic index”
One thing you could post on is the inability for disabled passengers (or parents with prams) to utilise a crossing at a tramstop.
Example: At the Bourke/Russell St tramstop, if you are standing on the SE corner of Bourke and Russell sts and wish to travel westbound, you cannot simply walk west, use the zebra crossing, then board at the westbound tramstop. You need to walk west along Bourke, cross at the zebra crossing to the other side of Bourke, then walk the length of the second half of the stop, then cross back across Bourke to get to the ramp to the tramstop (now on the north side of Bourke st facing westbound).
This is a very poor stop design! Why wouldn’t the ramps be centralised to the middle of the stop? That way disabled people (and people with prams) only need to walk half the length of the stop. The other ends could easily have steps!
I also have another suggestion. The bus terminal on Spencer St should also be used for suburban busses that run along Lonsdale and terminate at King/Lonsdale St. This would mean passengers travelling from the east would have a better connection to/from Spencer St station and the Skybus service without having to walk a block with bags. It would also turn Lonsdale St back into a street for cars rather than a bus interchange.
I’m leaving you this message because my wife first issue I outlined and I think yours is a perfect voice to raise both these improvements as you are always seeking to make Melbourne’s transport better from a user’s perspective.
Just a word of encouragement. Please keep up your good work. Despite all the government announcements, I/we hope your voice is heard loud and clear through the media to both politicians and the public. So do keep up your voice!