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transport

V/Line’s permanent doorbuster sale

A big V/Line fare cut is coming up next week, and it may see a rapid surge in passengers. Labor promised the change during the 2022 election, and it starts on 31st of March. The cap will be: This is slightly different from metropolitan Myki fares in that it’s a daily cap, not a $4.60  ... [More]

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music transport

Deli Meat Tray

A post about music… and evening public transport.

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transport

Patronage: is it coming back?

Newly published data shows how public transport patronage was recovering during 2022.

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transport

The cover-up: ads on windows

Covering the windows reduces visibility, and shows a lack of respect for passengers.

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transport

Dandenong line debacle

After almost a month of major works, including bus replacements for trains between the City and Dandenong and Moorabbin, trains returned to the Frankston and Dandenong (Cranbourne/Pakenham) lines on Saturday 28th January. The works included rationalisation of the junction at Caulfield, points installed near the Metro tunnel eastern portal in South Yarra, and a lot  ... [More]

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Canberra 2023

Exploring Canberra’s PT

On our trip to Canberra, I got to spend a few hours exploring a little bit of the public transport system. It’s mostly buses, but one light rail (tram) line opened in 2019, and I was keen to see it. There’s also a railway station in Kingston in Canberra’s south, with regional trains to Sydney  ... [More]

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transport

Were there more trains 100 years ago? (Part three)

Iโ€™m not sure why itโ€™s taken so long to get back to this, but here’s the third post comparing old (1924 and 1974) vs current train timetables. Parts one and two covered the western and northwestern lines. Going clockwise the next lines are the red ones on the rail map: the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.  ... [More]

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transport

Comparing fares

Here’s a quick comparison of adult PT fares and discounts in Australian capital cities. Peak fare range(on card) Off-peak fare Fare cap weekdays Fare cap weekends Bulk discount Adelaide $3.95 $2.20 $11.00 daily fare (not an automatic cap) $11.00 14 days $63.2028 days $105.00 Brisbane $3.37 – $10.17 20% discount No cap No cap 8  ... [More]

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transport

Are PT services keeping up with population?

The State Budget was last week, and included some good investments in public transport. I haven’t had time to write up everything (so busy!), but I thought I’d quickly show a couple of key indicators. Total public transport service kilometres (in blue; left axis) Public transport service kilometres per person (in red; right axis) Service  ... [More]

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Health transport

PT mask rules around Australia

The continuing use of masks on public transport came up last week when Premier Andrews remarked that they’d be around for some time yet. (For a segment on this topic on ABC Radio Melbourne last Thursday with me, listen here – it starts at roughly at 1:55:40.) So I thought I’d quickly review what the  ... [More]

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