Posts Tagged ‘trams’

5% off Metlink Tickets

What better way to segway from John’s last post about his tram travels to another pubic public transport story. Buy your tickets online before the 8th of August and save 5% off plus  get free delivery.  Not too bad of a deal for those who actually validate their tickets although I have a feeling a fare increase may be coming soon.

Buy your Value Metcards online for 5 per cent off [via Ozbargain]

Tram Woes and Myki

The media loves to jump on a good public transport bashing, even when unfounded. Yesterdays article in The Age, was about Melbourne’s 59 Combino trams having major cracks that needed to be repaired.  So you assume it’s going to be like our train systems, and trains will have to be canceled, people left waiting but…

“The cracks pose no risk to safety,”

“Siemens will fix the trams at no cost to the Government.”

“An increase in maintenance scheduling by Yarra Trams means that no tram services will be cancelled while the trams are being repaired. Two of the 59 trams have already been fixed and a third is under repair.”

So, it won’t affect services, it won’t affect safety and the government doesn’t have to pay for the repairs. Where’s the story?

“Public Transport Users Association president Daniel Bowen said the repairs raised questions about whether the trams should have been bought.”

Sure, but if they are going to fix it for free then who cares? Speaking of Daniel Bowen, he recently tried out the Myki system on one of the buses down in Geelong. Watching the video he took and reading some of his observations, it seems that this system still has a long way to go before it is ready to be deployed. The scanning system seems remarkably slow and at a cost of $1.3 billion, you would have thought they would have developed something better.

links:

The Age: Latest model trams found to be cracking up

DanielBowen.com: I got a Myki, and it only cost $1.3 billion

Free public transport Dec 24 & 25

Connex is definitely getting into the festive season this year and to think I was going to buy a ticket tomorrow. All trains, trams, and buses are free from the first service tomorrow until the last service on the 26th 25th. V/Line trains will be free only on Christmas day. A great little freebie before they raise all of the prices by 5% in the new year. Myki?

Metlink: Public transport this festive season [via Ozbargain]

Slippery Sliding Trams

Just having written this blog, I read on the news of another tram collision, this time, a tram running over a boy!

What is it about Melbourne Trams? They slip, slide, roll and altogether refuses to brake! Especially along St. Kilda road. In the past 5 months, I can recall up to 5 incidents, where one tram “slides” into another tram causing chaos. Do people think the braking system of the trams are faulty?

Or do people think the tram drivers are to blame? Attempting late braking strategies to see how late they can brake? Trying to be Grand Prix drivers but on trams, maybe?

Surely it is time for Yarra Trams to do something to reduce the number of collisions and accidents before someone gets killed.

News Link
The Age “Minor injuries in Melbourne tram
The Age “Boy trapped under tram
Herald Sun “Boy trapped underneath tram

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