Posts Tagged ‘public transport’

Upgrading Melbourne’s railway network in the 1970s

Recently I came across a 1973 Bureau of Transport Economics report titled “Review of Public Transport Investment Proposals for Australian Capital Cities“, which listed 16 upcoming public transport projects for Melbourne. But five decades later, how many of these projects actually went ahead? South Kensington – Footscray railway quadruplication In 1973 work on this project […]

What passes for ‘Transit Orientated Development’ in Melbourne’s west

Transit Orientated Development is a process that maximises the amount of residential, business and leisure space within walking distance of public transport. But at railway stations in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs, the development is anything but. Caroline Springs We start out at Caroline Springs station, located between town and the tip. A massive car park […]

High Capacity Metro Trains finally taking passengers

With the first High Capacity Metro Train having just carried passengers, it is hard to believe that work started on the High Capacity Metro Trains project way back in 2016. Here is a look back at how they got here. Construction Design work kicked off in 2017, with a mockup train built for stakeholder consultation, […]

Merry Christmas for 2018!

This year Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, so here’s a collection of topical photos of public transport. Footnote I’m not actually posting this on Christmas morning – I wrote it weeks ago then put it into my queue of scheduled posts.

Looking back at Transdev Melbourne’s fleet maintenance crisis

In December 2018 it was announced that Melbourne bus operator Transdev would not have their contract renewed, thanks to years of poor performance since taking over a third of Melbourne’s bus services in 2013. But it wasn’t just garden variety late running and chronically dirty buses that led to the company being dropped, but something […]