Posts Tagged ‘trams’

Cancelling public transport to inner Melbourne

On Saturday 18 September public transport in much of Melbourne was shutdown on the request of Victoria Police between 8am and 2pm, in an attempt to prevent anti-lockdown protesters attending a planned rally in the Melbourne CBD. The backstory The shutdown was announced at a Victoria Police press conference on Wednesday 15 September. Public transport […]

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. But a ‘hygiene team’ wiping down bus stops is […]

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 […]

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 […]