A clever person recently suggested something I whole heartedly agree with, that is extending the St Kilda tram, 96, through Elwood to Elsternwick Park or even to Elsternwick Station. No doubt public transport experts will say, well, it already well served by private bus services and they would be right, but there is something about trams that creates usage, a confidence you have when something runs on rails. The present bus service does not give a connection to the city without a change to a tram or train either. To me it is just obvious it would be very successful and would pretty well follow the route of the tram line that was closed down in the sixties, or was that fifties.
Another proposal I have heard is to run a tram from Docklands to Footscray, presumably along Footscray Road, aka, Docklands Highway. While I am all for the expansion of our tram system, I am not so sure about this one. Trams work best for people to hop and off for shortish distances. They work well to deliver people from the inner suburbs to the city, but are always slower than trains. If I have a choice to travel a decent distance, the train will win every time. There certainly would not be much in the way of hop on hop off passengers along Footscray Road. It would be for commuters between Footscray and Docklands and doesn't a train do that already? No doubt it would be useful for some people, but I doubt the numbers are there, unless there is going to be substantial housing development along Footscray Road.