Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Little Night Movement

Coming to a street near us, trams rumbling past at 4 o'clock in the morning, Saturday and Sunday. We are told by our betters that Melbourne is becoming a 24 hour city, just like New York. Bah humbug, I say. There is no need for us to be a 24 hour city.

New Year's Eve has had an all night train and train service for a couple of years but from this year on, a one year trial will begin with having all night trains and trams every Friday and Saturday nights. A train will run every hour on all usual suburban lines in the early hours of the mornings. Trams will run every half hour on some lines. The route 67 tram to Carnegie will be passing by The Highrise in both directions every half an hour. It is strange really, because we already have an all night bus service covering most of the railway lines and many tram lines too.

These signs have appeared along St Kilda Road and I suppose elsewhere, with I guess the moon indicating that it is covered by an all night service.




15 comments:

  1. Aah the weight of being named the most livable city in the world.

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    1. Carol, it is a terrible burden and at times it feels like a third world city.

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  2. Public transport here is woeful. At the moment buses are our only option and the light rail will only cover a small segment of the city when/if it does arrive.
    Weekend transport, and after hours is particularly bad. Quite a lot of the suburban stops are not operational at all on the weekends or after about nine. Sigh.

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    1. EC, no doubt an argument is used that there is not the demand there, but there never will be if an improved service is not offered.

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  3. You're going to have to buy some earplugs. Or more earplugs. And actually use them.

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    1. River, when we first moved here the awful Jeff Kennett tram tracks from the 90s made quite a lot of sound that penetrated The Highrise. The subsequent track relay in the early noughties made the trams almost silent. We really don't hear them now.

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  4. Those signs are very common in upper Silesia and useful ones. And our public transport works at night.

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    1. All night though Gosia?

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  5. WE have all night buses but not the tube. The unions are against bringing it in although I believe a number of tube drivers would be happy to work the night shift and earn some extra money. Does this mean you will be turning into a night owl then?

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    1. Marie, it has been such a battle to get the union to agree to night services on the tube. Wasn't so difficult here. I no longer do late nights, so you won't see me using the new service.

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  6. Public transport is all but unknown where I live. A couple of bus routes, that would be ridiculous to take, unless you had no other choice, since they are circuitous and infrequent. YOu can walk faster than it would take. Also you are allowed only bags you can hold on your lap, so no large grocery trips could be accomplished. Expensive riding too. I would not know how to do public transport, would be a learning curve to know the routes and times and all that. I was told yesterday a bus to Corvallis and back (it's 12 miles) costs $4 each way. $8 to go to a city so close. Then once there you are stuck and must do the bus system to go anywhere.

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    1. Strayer, the US is not known for its sophisticated public transport but very slowly changes are happening, but I can't see much happening in your area. Vested interests made sure most of the population is and will remain car dependant.

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    2. Yes, is true, but I did look up then local transport, thinking it was very stupid to rely on word of others. there is a bus that goes clear to Sweet Home, but is mostly for disabled and work center clients but I believe also can be used by the public. I also found a bus that goes often clear to the coast, for $7 one way out of Corvallis, although one can go from here, adds cost but also there are few connecting times to this town. At least there's that though.

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  7. I just heard this today! I'm so on the ball.
    I think it's a good thing, but let's see how it goes.

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    1. Fen, I feel for those who have deal with the trouble that surely will follow but cops tell us things will be better in the city without people hanging around while waiting for first trains.

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