Posts Tagged ‘transport’

Expanding Melbourne’s suburban train fleet

In recent years patronage on Melbourne’s rail network has skyrocketed – 94 per cent over the 12 years from 1998-99 to 2010-11. So how did all of these passengers get moved on a fleet of trains that has stayed relatively constant? Annual metropolitan train patronage peaked at 182.6 million trips in 1949-50, then went into […]

Melbourne Central ditches dated advertisements

For the past decade, passengers waiting on platform 3 at Melbourne Central station have been greeted by two increasingly dated billboards. The first was was ‘Pipeworks Fun Market’, located in the northern suburb of Campbellfield. The second was a Metcard branded ‘Concession travel is only for concession card holders’ poster, featuring a Hitachi train still […]

Dodgy doors on Melbourne’s Comeng trains

Last week the doors of Melbourne’s Comeng trains received another mention in the news, when it was revealed that a 17-year-old boy had jumped out of moving train at Watergardens station after forcing the doors open. Some history Melbourne’s Comeng trains are currently the oldest in the suburban fleet as well as the most numerous. […]

Making TramTracker work on ‘Dumbphones’

Over the years I’ve been using TramTracker on my ancient Nokia mobile phone, until December 2013 when Yarra Trams updated the web version of the service, and rendered it unusable on older devices. Unlike other public transport operators, Yarra Trams actually took my feedback on board and released an updated web version of TramTracker a […]

Testing the PTV transport data API using PHP

Last week on March 7 Public Transport Victoria finally released something many Melbourne coders and app developers have been waiting for – a public API to query their timetable data. Unfortunately the new API isn’t perfect – it doesn’t meet the Google-defined GTFS standard that many existing apps support, and no real-time arrival data is […]