I came across a car accident Monday, another Tuesday, yes Wednesday too, four cars involved. Today was extra good, I came across one accident and witnessed another. This is one dangerous city I live in. Note, it is a full moon. You are better to catch public transport, if feasible.
But our peak trains are becoming increasingly crowded, to the point where people are being left behind. Our trams are becoming increasingly crowded at various times during the day, at various points. Where not to catch a tram: Melbourne University to the City around 4.00pm. St Kilda Road to the City around 5.30pm. Federation Square to St Kilda Road around 8.00am. Anywhere near a posh private school at school start/finish times.
There may well be a mega plan to relieve trams of overcrowding, that may possibly be built in five years, by way of a new underground railway. Everyone is talking, no one is doing. I am still waiting for half a kilometre of tram track in Park St, South Melbourne to be built so that we have ready public transport access to South Melbourne.
But you have to hand it to our train operator Connex. They have acted quickly in response too overcrowding. More trains? More frequent services? Faster services? No, not any of those. We have some wanker out here from the US telling us how to be polite and considerate on trains when they are so packed that no more can fit on, and so far as I can see, Connex has sponsored his visit and of course he has visited for self serving purposes, that is to sell his book, "There is no 'I' in Carriage". Wrong, it is all about me and my comfort and travel experience.
So, overcrowding problems on Melbourne's trains are all the fault of the commuters who can't be polite to each other.
Of course I know full well that the fault really lies with our State and Federal governments. The present State government got off to a bad start with the public transport system in a mess, but I cannot say that they have made much of an improvement.