Posts Tagged ‘real time train information’

Brisbane’s multi-coloured rail network map

A few weeks ago I made my way north to Brisbane, where I caught plenty of trains. However it was the next train display boards at the main entrance to Roma Street Station that caught my eye – they were colour coded.

PIDS outside the main entrance at Roma Street station

Footscray’s useless next train displays

Passengers at the newly expanded Footscray station has a problem – useless next train displays on the main concourses. With six platforms now in use, only the next four departures are listed.

Six platforms at Footscray station, yet passengers are only told the next four trains!

V/Line’s new but misleading next train displays

Last week another part of the Regional Rail Link project opened to passengers – the pair of V/Line-only tracks between Southern Cross Station and Sunshine. Along with these tracks are two new platforms at Footscray station, which were provided with a new style of next train display screen. Can you spot the errors?

New V/Line next train displays displaying non-stations like Parwan Loop, as well as superfluous express running

Vision impaired and the green button

A few months ago I first looked at the uselessness of the green buttons that provide timetable information at stations, but at Southern Cross they did things a bit differently, with braille text being added alongside the normal instructions. However all is not as it appears…

Timetable information / emergency assistance intercom on the suburban platforms

Metro Trains says ‘Stay uninformed’

Back during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival rail operator Metro Trains Melbourne ran an advertising campaign titled ‘The Uninformed Guide’, featuring a fake newspaper that mixed a satirical form guide with targeted tips for racegoers who never catch the train. The name was rather appropriate, as the ordinary passenger waiting on the platform is similarly uninformed.

PIDS display at Burnley station platform 3 - 57 minute wait for the next train? This is the express line...