A good piece on the drudgery of the daily commute.
Posts categorised ‘Transport’
This morning I found PTV’s bus live tracking seemed to be based on the bus timetable instead of its actual location?! Freaked me out that the bus had somehow skipped the entire street when it was just late. Not good
I kinda thought trams had to stop at the CBD stops but the one we were trying to catch sailed right on through without stopping. Thanks, whoever was driving that 67 tram 😠
Here’s a good article about evaluating public transport through the prism of “access”, or how much of the city you can reach within a reasonable amount of time for the given purpose. Certainly in Melbourne this is very unequal across the city; the further away you get from the inner suburbs, the more large “gaps” you get between railway lines with very poor access to the wider urban area.
When I’ve been to Europe, I’ve been impressed by the tiny, zippy cars they have seemingly everywhere – so much better for navigating narrow streets or squeezing into parking spaces. This article is about the booming, if not-strictly-legal, industry for them in China. Interesting stuff!
Just read this article, proposing the closed Holden factory in Adelaide be repurposed to build electric vehicles, locally. It sounds very doable. Clearly electric vehicles still don’t scale in densifying cities, where the discouragement of driving and rapid expansion of public transport are the only path leading away from traffic jam hell, but where private motor vehicles are needed and used they should certainly be electric. It’d be great if Australia could stop dragging its feet on this and do something even minimally forward-thinking for a change.
Waiting for a train.
The Victorian government has decided on a route for the Melbourne Airport rail link. It’s going to run through the Metro Tunnel, with stops at major suburban hubs (not just in the CBD) like Sunshine, Footscray, Caulfield and Clayton. This is good news, especially for western suburbanites and people catching V/Line trains from regional towns and cities who don’t want to go all the way into the CBD.
One thing I’m not sold on is the $19.50 ticket price (although it is good you’ll be able to pay through the myki integrated ticketing system, and not have to buy a totally separate ticket like you currently have to do for Skybus). At $19.50, it won’t be an attractive transport option for workers at the airport, and that’s really a lot of people it’d be nice to tempt out of carbon-emitting cars into more sustainable public transport. Not everyone who goes to the airport is a traveller ready to be nickel-and-dimed for all these random surcharges and extra expenses.
The article says the project is intended to be up and running by 2029; I’d guess the timing is so skilled workers can move smoothly from the current Metro Tunnel project (expected to be completed 2025–2026) onto it without the two projects overlapping too much and creating labour shortages. Of course considering there’s also the Suburban Rail Loop and plans for a second metro tunnel, who even knows! Of course I’d love to see these projects all built immediately, but the reality is you need a large number of people trained up to work on them, so the slow trickle it might have to be.
The Victorian govt’s announced funding for prelim work on Melbourne’s long-overdue loop line, along with the first six stations… and still haven’t backtracked on the Sandringham line (my line!) being left unconnected, despite the distance being just an extra 4km 😭