Still more COVID-19 related public transport observations

Victoria is now onto lockdown #6 and the pandemic has no end in sight – so here’s another round of COVID-19 related public transport observations.

Cleaning

Hygiene Theater” is still an everyday operation on the Melbourne rail network. Wiping down the handrails may make some sense.

IIS cleaner wiping down the handrails at a railway station

But a ‘hygiene team’ wiping down bus stops is just stupid.

'Hygiene team' wiping down timetables and bus shelters at the Sunshine station bus interchange

Especially given that the most common litter at railway stations now seems to be discarded face masks.

Sign of the times - litter at railway stations now includes face masks

Face masks

The messaging around the wearing of masks has ramped up, with signage at stations.

You must wear a face mask while travelling' sign at Glenferrie station

Bus stops.

'Please wear a fitted mask for your entire journey' message on the SmartBus PIDS

And flyers onboard trams.

'You must wear a face mask while travelling' flyer onboard a tram

Ticket offices at railway stations advice that masks are available.

'Masks are available here' sign at a station ticket office

And Authorised Officers have disposable face masks to hand out.

Authorised Officers board a train with a box of disposable face masks

But some of the signage is poorly thought out – the plague of stickers applied to V/Line’s VLocity fleet makes it impossible to see out the train door.

'Wear a face mask while travelling' and 'We're deep-cleaning and disinfecting this vehicle every day'  signage covers the bulk of a VLocity train door window

A similar situation occurring on their older locomotive hauled stock.

'Wear a face mask while travelling' and 'We're deep-cleaning and disinfecting this vehicle every day' signage covers the V/Line train doors

And advertising covered trams are now *completely* covered in stickers – the ‘wear a face mask while travelling’ stickers have token section of uncovered windows on each door.

'Wear a face mask while travelling' stickers cover the last remaining section of clear windows on this advertising covered tram

Check-in QR codes

In June 2021 the roll out of Service Victoria check-in codes across the public transport network commenced.

Each platform at Flinders Street Station has a separate Service Victoria check-in code

Locations like Sunshine station have a generic location covering the entire stations, while larger stations such as North Melbourne and Flinders Street Station has a unique QR code per platform.

Tram stops have also received QR codes, which feature address, stop number and TramTracker ID.

Messages of kindness

With the bottom fallen out of the outdoor advertising market, ooh!Media started running ‘Be kind to those on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis’ advertisements on their otherwise empty digital media screens at railway stations.

'Be kind to those on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis' advertisement by ooh!Media

Transdev has been running ‘Thank you frontline heroes’ / ‘We are all in this together’ / ‘Flatten the curve’ messages on their empty buses.

'Thank you frontline heroes' message on Transdev bus #994 9100AO

And PTV ran ‘Thank you for being patient and kind. It’s never okay to abuse transport staff’ campaign.

'Thank you for being patient and kind. It's never okay to abuse transport staff' sign on the station floor

And a nifty lift

After years of waiting for a reliable and accesssible way to access the station, Watergardens station has received three new lifts, one of which has a nifty feature – it’s 100% contactless.

Just walk up to it, and the lift call button will light up.

A a lift will arrive automatically, taking you up to the concourse.

Amazing!

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7 Responses to “Still more COVID-19 related public transport observations”

  1. Andrew says:

    Another very annoying COVID sticker is the one at eyelevel blocking the view from seats on suburban trains.

  2. Dark Knight says:

    ICYDK from October all cleaning services will be delivered by Spotless; with the current multiple contractors ceasing at the end of a July and currently in a “transition” phase.

  3. Michael Angelico says:

    Footscray has one of those radar guided lifts too, on platform 1.

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