Trams

Ding ding! Looking at the how and why of trams, from Melbourne and beyond.

Tracking down the route 82 covid tram

Last night a new exposure site was added to the Victorian Government coronavirus website – the route 82 tram from Footscray to Edgewater on 10/07/2021 between 7:51pm – 8:14pm. But which tram was involved – turns out my Tram Detective website has the answer. So what is Tram Detective? Tram Detective is a tool I […]

Melbourne’s missed opportunities for low-floor trams

With hundreds of high floor trams still in service in Melbourne, and the oldest low-floor trams having entered service in 2002, the State Government is at risk of failing to meet the 2032 deadline for meeting the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport. However it didn’t have to be this way – there were many […]

A history of segregated tram lanes in Melbourne

Melbourne’s trams are among the slowest in the world, spending much of their time stuck behind slow moving cars instead of flying past with full loads of passengers. Giving tram their own dedicated road space would fix this – and this is a history of Early years The first tram routes predominately followed the main […]

Melbourne tram routes you can’t ride

If you take a look the Melbourne tram network map, you’d reasonably expect that the lines drawn on it are the limits of where you can ride. But there are a number of places across Melbourne were trams can roam but passengers cannot. Secret cross-town connections Melbourne’s tram system is primary a radial one, with […]

When is a platform tram stop not accessible?

Last week I had a look at tram stops that are triply inaccessible – where the only way to leave the tram stop is a set of stairs. But there is another feature of tram stop platforms that render them inaccessible – inconsistent platform heights. A tale of legacy platform stops Melbourne has a number […]