Posts Tagged ‘tram priority’

Categorising the Melbourne tram network by environment

Melbourne’s tram network is one of the biggest in the world, with 24 routes traversing 250 kilometres of track, dating back over a century, and progressively extended and upgraded in the years since.

Today the challenge is to keep services moving despite increasing traffic congestion, carrying more passengers than ever before, while meeting new accessible transport standards. This is difficult activity given no two parts of the network are the same – so how can the Melbourne tram network be categorised by the environment they runs through?

Z3.202 headed north on Swanston and Flinders Street

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

Buses and trams sharing Melbourne’s roads

Melbourne’s bus and tram networks have one thing in common – they get delayed by single occupant cars. Dedicated lanes are one way to keep public transport moving, but what happens when there is not enough road space for both?

Pointless bus lane southbound on Queensbridge Street: it forces road traffic onto the tram tracks!

Yet another ‘tram priority’ trial in Melbourne

Over the weekend Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun ran a piece about an upcoming trial of tram priority by VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams. So what to make of it – an important move to make Melbourne’s tram service faster, or just another report to gather dust on the shelf?

B2.2086 running a route 57a service, stuck in traffic on Maribyrnong Road

Disappearing tram stops on Elizabeth Street

Earlier this week Yarra Trams closed another tram stop in the Melbourne CBD – this time it was stop 6 at Elizabeth and Franklin Streets. This isn’t the first stop to disappear on this street – so why did they go?

Northbound B2.2118 still has to stop at closed Franklin Street stop because of the traffic lights