Melbourne has a new tram map. It has been a long time coming so it is a damn shame that there are some glaring errors and some things that could have been done differently to more truly represent the real life situation. Getting a new map right can't be easy, but wasn't it shown to many people for comment first? I think the new map is ok, apart from what are fairly minor errors, but still, errors. Have a look, it is very pretty.
It looks like Sydneysiders are finally going to get their new Waratah trains. What a farce that became. Who is to blame for extensive delays and cost overruns? Both the previous government and EDI Downer who built the trains. Is it just so difficult to build a train? Train construction happens around the world and there has been more than a century of experience.
Here is one of those whacky proposals for Melbourne's trams that will quickly be forgotten. Remember a previous one? All suburban trams that use St Kilda Road will terminate once the tram reaches St Kilda Road and passengers will need to transfer to shuttle trams.
There is an argument that to relieve tram congestion in Swanston Street, some trams should be diverted along other Melbourne Streets. Marvellous, redirect trams to where people don't want to go. The Swanston Street/St Kilda Road trams are already overcrowded. How is having less of them going to help there? Ah, yes that Footscray to Caulfield rail tunnel will help. How is it progressing? Half dug yet is it?
Another part of the plan is for new track to be laid in Park Street, South Melbourne and a tram run along Park Street through South Melbourne. How many years have I been hearing about the construction of the missing link in Park Street? It will be echoing in my ears when I am on my deathbed.
And the very latest pie in the sky? A tram along Hoddle Street and Punt Road. I am beyond even laughing.
I am not sure if Sydney caught it from Melbourne or Melbourne from Sydney, but aren't we just so fed up with grandiose announcements and then nothing.
Later Edit: Some of the problems with the new tram map can be found here.