Thursday, March 01, 2012

More photos from Down Below

I suspect this chap standing on the dividing strip is out to prove the traffic light red light camera is faulty. He was there for quite some time, but I doubt anyone has watched that set of traffic lights more than I have and I have never seen it flash anyone who was obeying the signals or speed limit, apart from when some unusual situations occur.


Oh, look at all the people waiting for a tram. No worries. A tram is coming.


The tram came and was full and went. This is not unusual now. A set of lights later and there are even even more people waiting. It is very strange to me how the old W class trams used to move people so efficiently, but these modern tram just can't cope with the number of people who want to use them. 5pm week nights sees this happen every night. What misery for people. They can't fit on the first tram and the next one will be crowded too.

10 comments:

  1. Trams are certainly sardine cans on steel wheels :-).

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  2. Traffic watching can be a fascinating past time, Andrew especially from the comfort of your high rise. I'm with you about how awful it is to be below waiting for an over full tram that won't stop to pick you up.

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  3. Too many people - or not enough trams? I think sometimes the public authorities forget that having people use public transport is actually in the interest of the city/state/country/world! Marketing 101 - make the decision you want the consumer to make the easiest decision!!!

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  4. I love our trams, and think that everyone should be using public transport if they are going to and from town. (Going across the city is a different issue).

    But clearly there aren't enough seats during the morning and evening rush hours. They always let me on because I am a Woman Of A Certain Age, but often it is squashy beyond belief.

    Would it be beyond our planning skills to add extra trams between 7.30-9AM and 5-6.30PM each week day?

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  5. I'm with Hels and think everyone, at least in cities, should use public transit. However, over here they don't care how old or disabled you may be. It is definitely survival of the fittest and most aggressive during commute hours. I must say I do not miss those days one bit!

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  6. They are now Windsmoke, but it wasn't always so.

    Elisabeth, even as a kid I was a traffic watcher, but then I am also a people watcher too. Public transport travel can be a miserable and even distressing experience with the crowds that it now carries.

    Displaced, it is a bit of both, but mainly too many people for the service provided. Less people is not going to happen, so the service needs to be better.

    Hels, if you look back at the service provided before about 1990, there were many more services. I remember a friend in Elwood who was equidistant between the 67 and the 16 or 15 as it was then and he used to catch the 16 as there was more chance of a seat. Laughable now.

    Ruybe, I don't want to paint a great picture, but it is not quite like that here. Generally people are pretty good to old people, but then whether they need to be on peak services is another matter.

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  7. It's the same with buses. During peak hours people are packed in like sardines, even the standing room is filled to the brim, yet the bus stops at the next stop and more people try to cram in. Surely this can't be safe? I don't see why a few extra buses can't run the same routes to get people to and from work without jeopardising their safety. Coming home from work yesterday, I climbed aboard the bus and when I saw how very full it was, I asked the driver how long until the next bus. She said it was no more than two minutes behind her, but would probably be just as full. I stayed on the first bus, travelling more than halfway to the city standing up before an empty seat became available.

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  8. It ought not be a problem you have there River. I expect the authorities balance the dollars against a better service with more frequent buses.

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  9. I suspect the cameras are a little dodgy, I often see them being fiddled with during the day. Especially the one on Dandenong Rd, at the Orrong Rd intersection.

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  10. Fen, it is maintenance. They calibrate and check them often, as they do with the one down below. I travel past the Orrong Road camera often twice a day. I have never seen it flash without reason, although I will suggest that there is minimal tolerance for over 70 km/h.

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