Category Archives: PT Problem of the Day

PT Problem of the Day: Myki still unreliable

POTD: Myki still unreliable

Myki has improved a lot since last year, but there are still issues being reported with faulty cards, slow response times, Authorised Officers’ scanner battery life, and readers not working.

There is speculation that the government will (grudgingly, perhaps) keep it, but if that’s the case, they’re going to have to get it working reliably.

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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).

PT Problem of the Day: Train delays rife

POTD: Late trains

Late trains lead to overcrowding, missed connections, and of course a longer than necessary trip. A single train delayed can directly affect a thousand people in peak hour, and often causes knock-on delays that affect thousands more. There are many causes, including poor maintenance leading to track, signal and train faults, and single-track bottlenecks.

This picture shows an evening delay in the counter-peak direction, but the late arrival of trains into the city leads to delays for peak-direction services as well.

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PT Problem of the Day: Smartbus signs still don’t work after six months

POTD: Smartbus signs not working after six months

More than six months after the introduction of four Smartbus routes running along Lonsdale Street to the Doncaster area, the automated signs to show departure signs along Lonsdale Street and Hoddle Street still don’t work.

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PT Problem of the Day: Trains packed on weekends

POTD: Weekend train overcrowding

As Melbourne gets busier, overcrowding is increasingly occurring at non-peak times. This train to Pakenham was leaving Flinders Street on a recent Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t full of football fans or racegoers, but people heading home from visiting the CBD.

Why should people wait 20-40 minutes for a train, then have to stand for long distances, when there are plenty of trains sitting unused in stabling yards?

The PTUA would like to see trains every 10 minutes, 7 days-a-week until late – just like a real “Metro”.

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PT Problem of the Day: City station gates left open and unattended

POTD: Gates left open and unattended at Southern Cross

For all the fuss about fighting fare evasion, some major stations regularly have their gates left open and unattended, allowing those without tickets to travel unchecked. This photo was taken two days before the current fare blitz began. The only way to permanently cut fare evasion is by putting more staff on the system so that passengers expect to get their tickets checked on every trip.

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PT Problem of the Day: Tram overcrowding becoming commonplace

POTD: Tram crowding

It’s not just trains that get packed. This is tram route 8 in the evening peak. Increasing numbers of tram services are suffering from overcrowding, with many cases of passengers being left behind, unable to board. While the former government finally got around to ordering 50 new trams, the first of these won’t arrive until 2012 — and it will be 2017 before they are all in service.

It’s just another example of poor public transport planning, which is why we need a central Public Transport Authority, staffed by expert planners, to better co-ordinate and manage our public transport.

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PT Problem of the Day: South Yarra station packed

POTD: Crowding at South Yarra

Weekday peak-hour at South Yarra station. Queues of people heading in and out have to wait to get through just a handful of fare gates. Despite strong patronage growth in the last ten years, nothing has been done to expand the entrance, in fact a bypass gate takes the space that could be used by one or more extra fare gates. One consolation: each gate is set to one direction, to prevent total gridlock.

It’s just another example of poor public transport planning, which is why we need a central Public Transport Authority, staffed by expert planners, to better co-ordinate and manage our public transport.

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PT Problem of the Day: Monash Uni buses

Welcome to our new daily series of pictures. Each day we’ll be aiming to highlight problems from around the public transport network.

POTD 1: Monash Uni bus queue

It’s been like this for decades: Every day, Monash Uni students endure long queues and packed buses between Huntingdale Station and Clayton campus. The solution in the short term is more buses, and ultimately, the train line to Rowville.

It’s just another example of poor public transport planning, which is why we need a central Public Transport Authority, staffed by expert planners, to better co-ordinate and manage our public transport.

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