''People's love of rail transport is independent of economic realities,'' Greiner told a lunchtime audience in September last year, quoting the British economist and columnist John Kay. ''The answer seems to be that there is something psychologically irresistible about vehicles on iron roads.''
Yeah Greasy Greiner, and? So people like fixed rail electric transport. Is that a problem for someone?
(The status quo is a slog: just 19 per cent to
34 per cent of George Street
buses currently arrive within two minutes of their scheduled time, according to
the Department of Transport.)
If Melbourne trams had figures like that, the private companies that run our system would be quickly sent broke by fines.
The core of Mr Legge’s idea to deal with the current public transport
crisis is to extend the same level of service as rail and tram-rich
inner city Prahran now enjoys to all of urbanised Melbourne. His vision
is that 95% of households would be within 800 metres of a fixed-rail
station or stop.
We are kind of Prahran residents. We have quite good public transport access. But oh, how we whinge when we have to wait longer than a couple of minutes for a tram into town. We walk out our door and umpteen trams pass by as we walk to the tram stop. Once, there, we wait and wait. I am sure at least once we had to wait for five minutes. We pay dearly to live where we do, and should get a better service than having to wait five minutes for a tram. I think once I waited ten minutes for a bus. But I don't think it is unreasonable for most residents of Melbourne to be within a couple of kilometres of a train station.
Fifty new trams for Melbourne, a much better service perhaps? Fifty new flash French trams minus thirty Z1 trams to be retired is a net gain of twenty trams.
I suppose that is something.
Seven new trains. I think there are still six old Hitachi trains running. Assuming they will be retired, a gain of one train.
Well, I don't think a lack of trains is a big problem for our existing train network.
I am almost wet with anticipation at Premier Teddy's pre election promises. But has he delivered on his last election's promises?