Posts Tagged ‘Yarra Trams’

Refreshing Melbourne’s ‘Bumblebee’ trams

Back in 2008 Melbourne’s tram network was overflowing with passengers, so Yarra Trams turned to a different tactic to address it – they imported five secondhand trams from France to expand their fleet. Known as the ‘C2′ class trams in Melbourne, these five-section Alstom Citadis 302 trams were originally built for the French city of […]

Route 30 and non-existent tram stops

The other day I was riding a route 30 tram along La Trobe Street, when I looked up at the onboard route map. Unlike the rest of the tram network, route 30 is so short that every single stop can be included on the diagram. But how many tram stops have been removed since then?

Route 30 map onboard an A class tram

Give with one hand, take with another

All over Melbourne, the Liberal Government is covering the city with posters promoting cuts to zone 2 public transport fares, as part of their ‘Moving Victoria’ propaganda campaign. Meanwhile a more insidious fare rise is hiding in the wings, yet to be publicised.

The recent 'Free CBD trams and cheaper fares' election promise already promoted as part of the existing 'Moving Victoria' campaign

Between a tram stop and a hard place

During 2013 new platform tram stops were constructed along Elizabeth Street in the Melbourne CBD, giving tram passengers on routes 19, 57 and 59 a much safer place to wait than the former ‘safety zones’. However for road traffic, they present a few difficulties.

Z3.159 on route 57 stops at Elizabeth and Bourke Streets

Yarra Trams, the British Invasion and 457 visas

Earlier this week Yarra Trams staff held a rally outside head office to protest the recent sackings of tram drivers, as well as union claims of harsh treatment by management. However it was something else that caught my interest.

'Shadow Minister for Road Safety and the TAC' Luke Donnellan addresses the RTBU rally outside the Yarra Trams office