To combat continuing confusion over operation of the City Loop, the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has released a series of maps explaining how it works.
Outgoing PTUA President Daniel Bowen said that both occasional and regular passengers had been baffled by the Loop for more than 30 years since its original opening in 1981.
“The loop is actually four separate rail tunnels, with trains running one way during the morning, most reversing direction during the afternoon, and a yet another pattern on weekends. There are also variations outside peak hours on weekdays. All in all, it’s a confusing mess.”
Mr Bowen said the loop’s lunchtime reversal on weekdays was an anachronism. “It’s all designed to cater for the Jolimont stabling yards – which no longer exist.
“It not only causes confusion, it also means long gaps of up to 28 minutes at underground stations at lunchtime – when more people could be using the Loop to travel around the CBD and avoid packed trams.”
The loop’s current configuration also means it’s impossible to travel from the underground stations to Flinders Street or Southern Cross stations on weekday afternoons, playing havoc with passengers trying to make connections onto V/Line services or Skybus.
Mr Bowen said it was time the operation of the City Loop was reviewed and simplified.
“In the meantime, we hope these maps at least go some way to demystifying the Loop”, he said.
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