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Old June 22nd, 2014, 06:28 AM   #281
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 12:09 PM   #282
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Old June 27th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #283
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A naked man has died after falling into power lines while standing on top of a train carriage.

The man, thought to be in his mid 20s, was a passenger on the train and had climbed onto the roof as it approached a station in Australia. A witness told ABC the man was walking along the roof when he fell into the train's electrical system, as it pulled into Balaclava station, in Melbourne.

Power had to be cut before police were able to retrieve the man's body.

Witnesses said the man had been standing between two carriages on the train when he took off his top and trousers, and climbed onto the roof. One said there was an "overpowering" smell of burnt hair, and passengers were clambering up on the seats to try to see what had happened.

"Everyone got off because we thought the man had set fire to the train. We just wanted to get out of there".

A Victoria police spokeswoman said: "He was a passenger on the train and as it's coming into the station he's climbed out between carriages and onto the roof."

She said the man has not yet been identified and the cause of his death is still being investigated.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 05:38 PM   #284
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Old October 9th, 2014, 10:12 AM   #285
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 06:23 PM   #286
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Old November 11th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #287
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Victorian government pledges $US 3.4bn for rolling stock
Tuesday, November 11, 2014



IN the run up to the election on November 29 in the Australian state of Victoria, the Liberal/National coalition government has promised to invest $A 3.9bn ($US 3.4bn) in new rolling stock for the state's suburban, regional and light rail networks, should it be re-elected

The government says it would place an immediate order with Alstom for 12 six-car X'Trapolis EMUs with finally assembly at Alstom's Ballarat facility, which has recently come under threat of closure due to lack of orders.

Also included in the planned investment would be a tender for 75 high-capacity suburban trains to be delivered between 2019 and 2026

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Old February 16th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #288
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Melbourne Metro Rail project back on track
Monday, February 16, 2015



THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has indicated its commitment to the Melbourne Metro Rail project by providing $A 40m ($US 31.1m) in funding to immediately establish a statutory authority to oversee planning works, develop the reference design and undertake detailed site investigations

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will be responsible for the construction of the twin-bore 9km cross-city rail tunnel that the government says will transform Melbourne's public transport system by creating extra capacity through the city centre

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Old February 16th, 2015, 07:48 PM   #289
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Really hoping this one gets pushed through sooner rather than later. It's the Melbourne equivalent of Sydney's second harbour crossing and both are transformational for their networks.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 08:49 AM   #290
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How many passengers a day does the Metro carry?

I find getting stats for Australian transit ridership very hard to come by.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:19 AM   #291
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I think it was around 800,000 per day - I'm not sure though. That figure might include trams as well.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:26 AM   #292
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Just had a quick google and wiki says it carries 415,000 per day. The 800,000 must include trams and buses.

Also found this bizarre article on the Herald Sun's website (note: the Herald Sun is a trash-paper, the city's equivalent of the daily mail or the NY Post). "Drunk students rename boring stations". It's really not that interesting and certainly not worth publishing.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vic...-1227221566158
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:55 AM   #293
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Old February 17th, 2015, 11:22 PM   #294
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Most recent patronage figures are from 2012/13

Trains 225.5 million
Trams 182.7 million
Buses 115.7 million

More detailed figures can be found here
http://ptv.vic.gov.au/about-ptv/ptv-...nd-statistics/
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Considering those would be unlinked trips, it's not as I would have thought.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #296
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Flinders Street station restoration to begin this year
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Funding will be made available to restore Melbourne’s 160-year-old Flinders Street station, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.

The Victorian government has said $100 million will be committed to repairing the station’s “crumbling” exterior.

Restoration work will begin this year.

Flinders Street station joins the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel and Murray Basin Rail Project as the latest high-profile rail scheme in the region to be assured of funding by the new Labour Government

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Melbourne EMU order to keep Alstom plant open
Tuesday, March 03, 2015



THE Premier of the Australian state of Victoria Mr Daniel Andrews announced on March 3 that the state will place an order for five additional six-car X'Trapolis EMUs for the Melbourne suburban network, safeguarding the immediate future of the Alstom assembly plant at Ballarat

The trains are due to enter service by the end of next year and are being ordered as part of the Victorian government's long-term rolling stock strategy, which will be unveiled as part of the state budget in May

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Good gosh! I've been reading about plans to renovate Flinders for twenty years now! Glad to see this coming to fruition.
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Most recent patronage figures are from 2012/13

Trains 225.5 million
Trams 182.7 million
Buses 115.7 million

More detailed figures can be found here
http://ptv.vic.gov.au/about-ptv/ptv-...nd-statistics/
I was vaguely under the impression bus patronage got as high as 120m per annum at one point but is now hovering back down at around 100m. The other numbers look about right though.
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They need to install more vertical poles and longitudinal seating in the centre of all these new order Xtraps. Melbourne can't cope with the existing layouts, even at 2x2.
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