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Old November 15th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #261
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There's probably more risk of the Alamein line just being closed than any money being spent grade-separating any of the crossings.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 09:20 AM   #262
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Melbourne Art Tram by Surrealplaces, on Flickr

Tram-goers waiting for the next tram by Surrealplaces, on Flickr

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Old January 5th, 2015, 09:28 AM   #263
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Tram track renewal works in Spencer Street at Flinders Street, photo by Ian Green:
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Old July 14th, 2015, 06:29 PM   #264
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Repost from Melbourne commuter rail thread:

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Old August 27th, 2015, 07:38 PM   #265
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Trams at the Flinders/Swanston and Spencer/Collins intersections:






And along route 96 'light rail' section:

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Old November 2nd, 2015, 11:22 PM   #266
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Empty tram. by Fred Zhang, on Flickr


Catching the new (tram) by Derek Midgley, on Flickr


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Old November 23rd, 2015, 07:45 PM   #267
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More Bombardier LRVs for Melbourne
Monday, November 23, 2015



VICTORIA's minister for public transport Mrs Jacinta Allan announced on November 23 that the government of the Australian state has exercised a $A 274m ($US 197m) option with Bombardier for 20 additional E-Class (Flexity Swift) low-floor LRVs for the Melbourne tram network

The state Department of Transport placed an initial order for 50 of the three-section bidirectional LRVs in September 2010 in a deal which included options for up to 100 additional units. Deliveries began in 2013 and so far Bombardier's plant at Dandenong in Victoria has supplied nearly 30 vehicles, which are in service with Yarra Trams on lines 11 and 96

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Old January 9th, 2016, 11:36 AM   #268
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Moonee Ponds Junction tram stop upgrade
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The creation of an intermodal interchange for both buses and trams, which provides one tram stop for Routes 82 and 59.
The reconfiguration of the junction, making it safer and easier to access for tram passengers.
Construction of a pair of raised platform stops to service both Routes 82 and 59 providing improved passenger facilities such as shelter, seating and real-time passenger information.
800 metres of a new semi-resilient track that requires less time, resources and delays to replace in the future and providing tram passengers with a smoother, quieter journey
http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-c...-stop-upgrade/
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Old January 24th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #269
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Route 96 - St Kilda to East Brunswick

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Old January 24th, 2016, 10:28 PM   #270
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That's EUR 8.8 million per tram and after 5 years from contract they've only got through 60% (30) of the first order, so presumably the second order will follow after that.

Contrast with for example Kosice, Slovakia, admittedly a slightly smaller tram but an order of 23 trams finished in little more than 1 1/2 years from contract for EUR 1.4 million per tram including 15 years maintenance.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...mex-trams.html

Even a 30 metre fully low floor tram will be typically EUR 2.5 to 4 million from a European factory.

Melbourne is paying a huge price for local manufacture. It is also critically short of large-capacity trams. It needs at least 200 of these now. If this isn't a bit of a disaster I don't know what is - OK I forgot Toronto!

Best place to manufacture European trams is in Europe.
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Here's a little video of some of the trams down at Esplanade tram stop in St Kilda. You get to see one of the new trams in Melbourne too.

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That's EUR 8.8 million per tram and after 5 years from contract they've only got through 60% (30) of the first order, so presumably the second order will follow after that.

Contrast with for example Kosice, Slovakia, admittedly a slightly smaller tram but an order of 23 trams finished in little more than 1 1/2 years from contract for EUR 1.4 million per tram including 15 years maintenance.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...mex-trams.html

Even a 30 metre fully low floor tram will be typically EUR 2.5 to 4 million from a European factory.

Melbourne is paying a huge price for local manufacture. It is also critically short of large-capacity trams. It needs at least 200 of these now. If this isn't a bit of a disaster I don't know what is - OK I forgot Toronto!

Best place to manufacture European trams is in Europe.
The price A$303m is only 224,817,000 American Dollars and this price is not only for trams and their 30 year maintanance but also for refurbishing the depo and maintanance till 2017. So there is nothing close to 8,8 mln.
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Old June 14th, 2016, 01:32 PM   #273
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Definitely, Melbourne has the best public transport network of Oceania!
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Old June 14th, 2016, 03:04 PM   #275
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Melbourne trams seem awful when it comes to reliability! I can't believe they have on average 2 collisions between tram and vehicles a day! This is in addition to getting stuck in traffic every day! It seems like an elevated or subway system would be much better.
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Melbourne trams seem awful when it comes to reliability! I can't believe they have on average 2 collisions between tram and vehicles a day! This is in addition to getting stuck in traffic every day! It seems like an elevated or subway system would be much better.
I don't know the reasons for which there are no subway lines in Australia (except one line in Sidney still under construction) but I think that overall Melbourne has a good network of public transport.
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Here we are, a ride on the 96 tram from St Kilda to Southern Cross. One of the busiest lines in Melbourne transporting almost 40000 passengers a day. Unfortunately the tram windows were rather dirty.

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Traction upgrade for Melbourne trams
Thursday, September 08, 2016



STRUKTON announced on September 5 that it has been awarded a contract by Melbourne tram operator Yarra Trams to supply new static inverters for B-class trams

The B-class trams were delivered to Melbourne in the late 1980s, and after a public tendering process, Strukton was selected to deliver an initial batch of three units for a trial on the network

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14 AUG 16 19°C MELBOURNE - 120 by oh.yes.melbourne, on Flickr


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Full steam ahead: Government offers Metro and Yarra Trams seven more years

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Metro Trains and Yarra Trams have been given the green light to run Melbourne's train and tram networks for another seven years, provided they accept a series of tougher performance targets.

The Andrews government has chosen to reward the two incumbent public transport operators for their performance running the city's trains and trams during the past eight years, by offering them the right to bid for a seven-year contract extension, to the exclusion of other would-be competitors.

But it has also sought to address widespread public dissatisfaction with the system's unreliability, by proposing more stringent punctuality targets that give greater weight to on-time running during the peak.

Currently, flat monthly targets for compensation do not distinguish between the peak, when most passengers are travelling and it is more challenging to run an on-time service, and the quieter off-peak when it is relatively easy to run a reliable service.

Metro Trains must run 98 per cent of services each month and has an 88 per cent compensation threshold for punctuality. A train is considered late if it is five minutes or more behind schedule.

Yarra Trams must run 98 per cent of services each month, and has a punctuality target of 77 per cent, to avoid having to pay customer compensation. A tram is considered late if it runs five minutes or more behind schedule.
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