There is a proposal by Yarra trams to run St Kilda Road tram services only to St Kilda Rd and passengers then change, at I assume an interchange, to a St Kilda Rd shuttle. These shuttles would run every two minutes. See Tuesday's The Age.
I haven't given this a lot of thought yet and I hope the PTUA can come up with a thoughtful analyisis but I instinctively don't like it.
1/ Loss of green space, that is the media strips where interchanges would be built.
2/ It will do nothing to help if a tram breaks down in St Kilda Road. This is a specious argument and it makes me cynical. Trams will break down, and it matters little whether it is a suburban bound tram or St Kilda Road tram. You will be delayed, just the same.
3/ A two minute service interval in St Kilda Road is inadequate in the peaks. It would be very good at night time though.
4/ Passengers get settled in the seats for a long journey. Close your book, take reading specs off, change trams. Old ladies lose their favourite seat that the have scheemingly obtained.
5/ Much delay is caused by the Domain Road Interchange. It does not work well and trams can face a red light upon arrival, load and unload at the interchange and face another red light as the tram is about to depart. Drivers using the toilet facilities seem to be a major cause of delay at this point also.
6/ Yarra trams has requested funding for 250 new trams. If there are not to be more frequent peak services added these will replace all of the Z and A class trams and some will be left over. I understand that Yarra Trams is presently experimenting with aircon for the newer Z trams and A trams. Why, if they are to be replaced?
7/ A major rework of St Kilda Junction would be required. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it would require a lot of sympathetic co-operation by VicRoads.