Archive for May, 2011

PT Problem of the Day: Yarra Trams’ new map better, but lots of errors

May 23rd, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

POTD: YarraTrams new tram map better, but lots of errors

Metlink and Yarra Trams have issued a new tram map. Unlike some older versions, this one actually allows you to see where all the trams go and how they connect.

Unfortunately the map has quite a number of minor errors in it. In this excerpt from the St Kilda area, errors include:

Windsor Station is on Chapel Street, not on Dandenong Road as the map shows.
Tram 112 terminates at Fitzroy Street, not at Luna Park as shown.
Tram 78 terminates at Brighton Road, not Glenhuntly Road, and not near Elsternwick Station as shown.
Prahran Station is near High Street, but not on it as shown.
Balaclava Station is near Chapel Street, but not on it as shown.

(We spotted a number of other errors, and passed them on to Metlink. If you spot more on the map, then let us know and we’ll pass them on.)

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PT Problem of the Day: Bins – which one’s for litter, which is for recycling?

May 22nd, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

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It’s only a little niggly thing of course, but many of the relatively new bins around the rail system have lost their markings. Unless you can remember that yellow is for recycling, you’re likely to end up putting your rubbish in the wrong bin… which doesn’t exactly help public transport be as environmentally friendly as possible.

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PT Problem of the Day: Old signage around the system adds to confusion

May 21st, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

POTD: Old signs cause confusion

Despite Metlink/Viclink replacing most signs around the public transport network, some old ones remain, potentially causing much confusion. This one at Footscray dates back to the Regional Fast Rail project, which was completed in 2006.

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PT Problem of the Day: still not enough #Myki equipment at some stations

May 20th, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

POTD: Not enough #Myki readers at some stations

Almost 18 months after Myki started on metropolitan trains, some stations still don’t have enough readers.

While some Myki equipment (such as station vending machines) can’t be installed until Metcard machines are removed to make space, Myki readers take little space.

At spots like this — the entrance to platforms 1 and 2 at Mckinnon, used for all but a handful of trains each day — there’s only a single reader. If it breaks down, you’d have to traipse all the way around to the little-used platform 3 (where you’ll find two readers) to touch-on or off.

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PT Problem of the Day: Major V/Line and Metro delays on Tuesday night

May 19th, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

Major delays on the Geelong line, 18/5/2011

There were major delays to Metro and V/Line services on the Werribee/Geelong line on Tuesday night after a train hit a shopping trolley. Some V/Line passengers were stuck on their train for several hours.

Obviously the root cause of the problem was the thoughtless people who dumped the shopping trolley on the tracks, but a PTUA member on the V/Line train (who took this photo) said that communication to passengers was lacking, and that the train initially stopped at Hoppers Crossing station before continuing. Obviously if it had been known the train would be so severely delayed, the train could have been held there and the passengers let off. It does underscore that the way disruptions and incidents are handled needs to improve.

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PT Problem of the Day: Most suburban bus services inadequate

May 18th, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

POTD: Most suburban bus services inadequate

Most suburban bus services, including those serving major centres such as Chadstone, are woefully inadequate. A bus every half-hour on weekdays (including peak hour) and only every hour on weekends and in the evenings is typical.

Smartbuses serve some areas, but most are not that lucky — and even those only run every 30 minutes on weekends. Is it any wonder the car parks at Chadstone are packed on the busiest shopping days, Saturday and Sunday?

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No action on Chadstone buses

May 17th, 2011 (Media releases, Melbourne east, Outer East)

The Department of Transport has failed to act on the issue of slow and crowded buses around Chadstone according to the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA).

“Passengers to Chadstone are being left to hang from the wrist straps on buses stuck in traffic, while bureaucrats sit and twiddle their thumbs,” said PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn. “There has been absolutely no detail announced by the Department of Transport as to how they would be fixing these problems.”
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PT Problem of the Day: How much time do trams waste just sitting at traffic lights? [video]

May 17th, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

Yarra Trams’ own figures show trams spend an average of 17% of travel time waiting at traffic lights. PTUA figures show on some sections of road, it can be up to 30%.

Lack of tram priority wastes passengers’ time, wastes resources (trams and drivers), leads to less frequent services, and leads to more overcrowding.

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PT Problem of the Day: Hundreds of level crossings across suburban Melbourne

May 16th, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

Level crossing delays

Level crossings right across Melbourne cause delays to buses, trams, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. They are also prone to incidents that cause long delays to trains. In Sydney they’ve worked to remove virtually all level crossings — but in Melbourne there are still hundreds in the suburban area.

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PT Problem of the Day: No shelter, no accessibility, no space at tram stops

May 15th, 2011 (PT Problem of the Day)

POTD: No shelter, no accessibility, no space at tram stops

While some tram stops have been upgraded to include DDA (wheelchair) access, seats and shelters, many remain unpleasant places to wait. This stop in Kingsway is in the middle of a traffic sewer, with no shelter, and very little space.

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