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Old February 18th, 2008, 11:52 PM   #101
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$8m plan to tackle tram jam
Clay Lucas
February 19, 2008

TRAM traffic jams on St Kilda Road, Melbourne's busiest tram route, could come to an end with a State Government plan to spend $8 million on improvements.

Trams carry more than 50 million passengers each year, but many services are delayed by other trams turning or by tram breakdowns.

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky yesterday announced the creation of a third line in St Kilda Road, in front of the Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria, to reduce delays.

New platform tram stops will be built, at first outside the Arts Centre and eventually along the length of St Kilda Road.

Car parking will be lost in front of the Arts Centre to make way for the new lines and stops. "This is about making sure trams have priority," Ms Kosky said.

One lane for cars will also be lost closer to Flinders Street railway station after the new tram stops and lines are installed.

Roads Minister Tim Pallas last year ruled out a Melbourne City Council proposal for Copenhagen-style bicycle lanes because they too would eliminate a lane for cars.

Yarra Trams chief executive Dennis Cliche said St Kilda Road was a crucial route.

"We are moving one tram a minute during the peak, and one tram holds 140 passengers, so if something happens on St Kilda Road to a tram it can affect thousands," Mr Cliche said.

Building the new stops and tracks will take until late next year.

Public transport patronage in Melbourne had grown at around 5% over the last six months, Ms Kosky said.

Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu dismissed the changes to St Kilda Road tram arrangements as "normal maintenance" that would do nothing to fix traffic congestion.

"It's a patch-up, not even a catch-up, let alone a get-ahead strategy," Mr Baillieu said.

He said the Government could not claim to be surprised by the increased patronage on public transport because its 2002 planning strategy Melbourne 2030 had been predicated on massive increases in numbers of people using trains, trams and buses.

"Don't tell me that the Government is saying now, 'Oh, we didn't know'," Mr Baillieu said.

The Public Transport Users Association said the Government should focus on giving trams priority over cars.

"If they were clever about it, the traffic signals would detect a tram approaching and let it through instantly," association spokesman Daniel Bowen said.

_Melbourne's busiest corner will get new tram platform stops in a bid to speed up tram speeds.

A new "island-style" platform tram stop will be built on Flinders Street, between Young and Jackson's Hotel and Flinders Street Station, servicing trams travelling east and west.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 11:53 PM   #102
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Old February 19th, 2008, 12:55 AM   #103
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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #104
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Another view of the same intersection above: at least 9 trams here ...



Close up:



Further down Flinder's St: many trams carry advertising; this one is plugging an exhibition of the works of one of Australia's most famous painters:



This was wasted on me, since I have no idea what "NIB" is:



At the corner of Flinders & Spencer: the trams go under the trains ....



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Old March 7th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #105
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nib is a health insurance provider if my memory serves. Great photos yardmaster.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #106
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Hmmmm, I think that their list is a bit too North American biased.

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Tram 96 travels tracks to glory

Clay Lucas
March 8, 2008

IT MIGHT have just been named one of the world's top 10 tram rides, but that wasn't impressing passengers aboard the number 96 tram between St Kilda and East Brunswick yesterday.

"It gets that packed after five you can't get a seat sometimes you can't even stand it's that packed," said Ian Bowman from Sunbury, en route to Southern Cross Station.

But if you made it on board before 5pm, it was a great journey, he said.

Few would realise how great in the eyes of outsiders: Melbourne's route 96 tram has been named in National Geographic's new Journeys of a Lifetime coffee table book, which lists the world's top 500 journeys.

Among the planet's top 10 "trolley car" rides is Melbourne's route 96.

It is a distinction shared with routes as far-flung as Hong Kong, Budapest and San Francisco. Seattle's waterfront service, run with some of Melbourne's old W-class trams, also made the list.

The route 96 tram is Melbourne's busiest, with 35,000 passengers a day. At peak times, 19 trams work the 14-kilometre route, which takes 50 minutes to travel from East Brunswick through Carlton and the CBD and then past Albert Park before finishing at Acland Street in St Kilda.

The 96 once terminated at the corner of Bourke and Spencer streets, but took over the old St Kilda train line after it closed in 1988.

Back then, Beverley Grant from Middle Park, who spoke to The Age as she waited for her tram, thought the Cain Government's move to replace the train with a tram was a con.

"We all thought we were losing our beloved rail line," she said.

But two decades later, all had turned out well: "Now it's such an interesting line. You have the sophisticated working people, the young people with their radios in their ears. Then you have the backpackers going to St Kilda, hauling their huge packs. And then there's still some of the down-and-outs from the old St Kilda."

The Public Transport Users Association welcomed the listing. "Trams are the envy not only of other cities, but also of middle and outer-suburban Melburnians, many of whom wish they had public transport half as good," president Daniel Bowen said.

But like many Melbourne tram routes, the 96 was overcrowded and could be faster, he said. More needed to be done to make sure trams had traffic light priority at all intersections.

This would cut journey times between 20% and 50%, a PTUA study found last year.

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Old March 8th, 2008, 02:40 AM   #107
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Route 96 at least gives you traffic-free travel between Southbank & St. Kilda- a distance of c. 5 km along the old railway easement, with just one level crossing to contend with in that distance.

I would have proposed route 55, which runs past Victoria Market before travelling a couple of kilometres across the open grasslands of Royal Park on its own easement past the Melbourne Zoo, or route 110, which follows Australia's first railway easement to Port Melbourne: where there's usually at least a trans- Bass Strait ferry bound for Tasmania towering over the terminus, and sometimes a cruise liner.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 01:04 PM   #108
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According to the recently released Eddington report on Melbourne's Transport, Melbourne now has the greatest route mileage of any tram/light-rail system in the world, since St. Petersberg has shut down a few km. The figure quoted is 240 route-km of double track.

The document also suggests (but doesn't assert!) that St. Kilda Rd. Melbourne is the busiest tram route in the world, with 1,400 trams passing through the Domain Interchange each day, carrying 75% of passenger traffic along the street. The figure of 40,000 passengers is used (at Domain) ... but I'm not exactly sure what it refers to. Busiest stop: Federation Square, a view of which appears a few postings back in this thread.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 01:49 PM   #109
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Here's a few of Bourke St (taken in the late afternoon, excuse the image noise):

This is the end of the road for regular traffic:


The pedestrian mall:



B class tram:



Elizabeth St:


Platform stop:


The track does get a bit hilly:


Swanston St:


Old style stop:


Trams do get a bit full:


And our bizarre traffic manoeuvres:
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Old April 15th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #110
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Here's a few of Yarra Trams looking busy (I hope!):

St Vincent's Plaza: a confluence of lines here:



... heritage tram shelter preserved but up-to-date info never the less ...



The centre of town: at the western end of Flinders St. station:



Looking north:



Looking west:



Looking east: an older shot; not a lot of trams in this shot, but a lot of station.



On the St. Kilda Rd/ Swanston St. route: 1400 trams a day, busiest in the world:
(the things in the foreground count as two trams)



75% of traffic (passengers) on this- Melbourne's main north-south axis- is carried by tram.



previously posted, but relevant here ...



The terminal at the University of Melbourne:





Facilities at the terminal to turn the trams around ... complete with flower-boxes and rubbish-bins!


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Old April 17th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #111
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How many turnaround bays are there to the north of the Melbourne Uni stop?
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Old April 17th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #112
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there are three. So far as I can work out, they must handle close to 700 turnarounds per day.
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Judging by the pictures above I think I love Melbourne.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 04:07 PM   #114
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thanx, you inspired me to add another photo to my last posting.
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A few corrections to the above:

In posting #101 above, The "Melbourne Age" reports that the tram system carries 50 million passengers per year. According to the recently released Eddington Report, the figure is 150 million: which is also a ball-park figure from what I know to be the case.

So the reporter concerned was either too light on the keyboard, or misunderstood was being said to him: it's possible that 50 million passengers per year travel by tram along the street concerned, but I'm only speculating.

In posting #106 the same paper asserts that 19 trams service the 96 route: again, a clanger. There may be 19 services an hour at peak (in either direction), but I can't see how 19 vehicles could maintain the service.On the shortest, slowest, and least-serviced line on the system (Route 78) there were eight trams operating prior to peak Tuesday afternoon: I don't think so; Mr. Lucas.

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Old April 24th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #117
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Quelqu'un aurait des photos des 2 tramways Citadis Alstom venus de Mulhouse roulant maintenant Melbourne?
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pardon mon francais ... could you translate?
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Henri requests pictures of the trams that Melbourne has rent from Mulhouse (France). Mulhouse has two many trams because its network's development is late while all the tram set ordered are ready. So some of them have been rent to Buenos Aires and Melbourne.
There are pictures of those trams on the previous page but I guess Henri would like to see them in Melbourne's streets..
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I understand ... Melbourne has considerable capacity probems at the moment, both on the "tram" and the "rail" systems, which has resulted in hauling in rolling-stock from elsewhere: as soon as photos are available (the 4000 series?) they'll be posted here.

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