Monday, October 08, 2012
This tram stop is not a tram stop
I left Southern Cross Station and I wanted to go down Bourke Street. The pedestrian lights to cross Spencer Street went green and a number 86 tram was sitting at the stop, ready for me to get on, but the driver would not let me on. She gesticulated for me to go around the corner where there is a platform stop. I glanced up at the tram stop sign and noted two route numbers but unfortunately I did not absorb the numbers. I quickly moved to the stop around the corner and caught the tram.
As the tram proceeded along Bourke Street, I was thinking, that is not right. How can it be a tram stop for some trams and not others? If I ran across the road against the lights at the last minute when the tram was about to get a signal to turn, I can understand the driver not letting me on, but there was plenty of time.
Before I left the tram, I asked the driver if where I tried to get on was no longer a tram stop. She said it is for some trams but not the 86 tram as the stop gets too busy and crowded with people coming out from So Cross Station. Riiiiight.
I have looked at various websites but as the stop around the corner is so close, there doesn't seem to be any difference noted. I do know only two tram routes go past that stop, hence the two route numbers.
I am just going to have to go back and check, unless one of you knows.
Later Edit: While I did not take any details, from my camera I can work out the time. If my suspicions are correct, I may well follow it up.