Posts Tagged ‘Yarra Trams’

Bourke and Spencer Street – where cars take priority

If you have ever caught a tram down Bourke Street and alighted at the corner of Spencer Street, the massive wait for the pedestrian lights to turn green should be quite familiar. So how long will you get stuck waiting there?

Tram load of passengers depart a route 96 service at the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets

The trams that Melbourne rejected

Buying a new tram for Melbourne isn’t like buying a new car – they cost a few million dollars each, and even if you had that much money ready to spend, one can’t exactly head down to your local dealer and pick one up off the shelf. Instead, the purchase of new trams involve long and convoluted tender processes, and lots of due diligence – a process that has occasionally seen trams from other cities operate in Melbourne.

W8.959 westbound outside Flinders Street Station

Two tram trips trigger a stupid Myki bug

Melbourne’s Myki ticketing system is jam packed full of bugs that only happen on strange edge cases, and the other day I stumbled upon one of the early ones – the “tram touch on is treated as a touch off” bug.

New 'Touch on every time you board' stickers on tram doors

Gone but not forgotten – the route 24 tram

As part of the July 2014 tram timetable change, the peak-only route 24 serivce from North Balwyn to La Trobe Street via Kew was discontinued. So what is it still visible on Google Maps?

February 2015 - route 24 tram still displayed in Google Maps

How many managers does it take to drive a tram?

Back in February 2015 industry magazine ‘Rail Express’ interviewed ClĂ©ment Michel, chief executive of Yarra Trams, on the subject of rail safety, as well as some very interesting revelations regarding the number of managers employed by Yarra Trams.

Z3.229 skewed across the tracks on Elizabeth Street, just north of La Trobe Street