PT Problem of the Day: Evening tram overcrowding

POTD: Evening tram overcrowding

Melbourne’s getting busier at night, but most evening trams haven’t increased in frequency for decades. It’s now commonplace to wait 20-30 minutes and have to stand on a packed tram — while dozens of spares sit in depots. This picture shows route 19 at 9:30 at night.

Despite regular crowding, budget papers released yesterday show the Government does not plan to increase tram services this coming year — the target is 23.6 million km, the same as this year’s expected total.

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(Pic source: onegirlinmelb. Tram services total: Budget Paper 3 – DOT, page 337).