Monday, December 18, 2006

All in a name

How marvellously simple Sydney Buses is for name. No confusion, the name says it all. The same goes for the ferries, Sydney Ferries. Sadly it is a bit let down by CityRail.

In Melbourne we have a plethora of names to remember. Yarra Trams, Connex for trains, numurous city bus lines and inner suburban ones. Then there is Metlink and Onelink and Metcard. Soon we will use Myki.

Still at least we don't still have Bayside and Hillside trains, and Yarra and Swanston trams as we did in the past.

Who oversees all these companys? The fearsome DOI, Department of Infrastructure, the modern day equivalent of the also fearsome Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. It's role is a bit different, but is an extremely powerful government department, and one which many people do not know about.

One thing for sure, I can bet you London to a brick that if the MMBW was still in existance, we would not have the severe water restrictions we now have. It would have made sure we had plenty of water. It would have dammed the Dandenongs if it thought it could get away with it. Much simpler times. We are reaping the rewards now.

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