1/ I am not sure what possessed me, but today I found myself at Waterfront City, or is it Harbourside? Waterfront Harbourside Harbourfront? I dunno. It is the northern part of Docklands. I looked at the at the rear of big tin shed and guessed it was Costco. Ah, so that is where it is.
In spite of the broken ferris wheel, the Southern Star Observation Wheel, the shops were busy enough and plenty of people around, although if a couple of tram routes weren't routed to there, I doubt the shops would have good trade.
I needed to travel back to the city along Latrobe Street. I know the free City Circle comes here which will take me along Latrobe Street, but it is not a real circular tram route anymore. The trams do a loop of the city and then arrive at Waterfront City on a single line. The City Circle trams that arrive could be going via Harbour Esplanade and anti clockwise around the city or clockwise around the city along Latrobe Street. A City Circle tram arrived and I carefully checked if there was any indication of which way it would go. Nothing. Instead I waited for an 86 tram which went to the corner of Latrobe and Spencer Street and changed to a Latrobe Street tram. I did what I had to do in Latrobe Street and caught the bus in Queen Street home.
As I was travelling home on the bus, I texted a friend who is very knowledgeable about trams. He replied that there should be an auxiliary board indicator on the front of the City Circle tram and if not, pester the driver to find out. I dislike asking question of public transport staff. I like to work these things out myself.
So Yarra Trams, it can't be too hard to have an indication on your trams to inform the public which way the tram is going, free or not. May I suggest different route numbers for the different directions? The present route number is 35. What about using route 34 for the anticlockwise tram? I don't think route 34 is used for anything.
2/ R has a defective multiple trip Metcard. There are a few trips left on it and he wants to exchange it for a Myki credit or whatever can be done. We needed to be up near Lonsdale Street to get photos developed and then return to collect them. While we waited, in almost forty degree heat we travelled down to the Town Hall where the Metshop office is located. It was closed and has been since christmas and will not open until the 04/01 I suppose. I have no problem with businesses closing down at this time of the year. It is often the only break that shop owners get. But public transport is not a business. It is a service. I assume it employs staff and like most places where the staff don't have fixed holidays, holiday rosters are juggled around to hopefully suit all. Why would a public transport ticket office shut down for ten days? I suppose you can get ticket problems sorted at large railway stations, but a specialised place is preferable.
3/ I don't really hear the trams that rumble past the highrise. It is just a sound that is there. We barely hear them at all with the doors and windows closed, except one beast of a tram that sounds like it is going to collapse into a heap of nuts and bolts. I write of tram 5021, one of those horrible big trams made in Germany by Siemens. It nearly always runs on the 16 route to St Kilda. We were chatting to a friend in our lounge room when his chat stopped midstream and he then said 'Jesus, what was that?' as 5021 slammed around the curve in the tram track below. The beast has even woken me at 5.30 in the morning. Towards the end of the twentieth century new trams were becoming quieter, now they are becoming noisier. Progress, bah.
4/ I am tired of buses being so hot inside on warm days. Melbourne Bus Link and Ventura, have your drivers turn the airconditioning on. That is what it is for. It has a thermostat. It won't work any harder than it needs to.