I remember public announcements on trams before Christmas, that the timetables had been altered and may not match details at tram stops, but the service had not been reduced and the pre Christmas timetable was in effect to deal with different traffic conditions. What different traffic conditions? A fool can tell you that the timetable would allow more time for trams to make their trips, given the extra activity and people out and about shopping pre Christmas.
But no. I had a look at a timetable for earlier in the year and the current online timetable at the time and unbelievably Yarra Trams reduced the times for trams to make their trips. That is, say our trams leave the University terminus at a certain time, and pass The Highrise a certain number of minutes later. In the lead up to the busy Christmas period, this time was reduced. Extraordinary. Who would have thought that would work?
Now, the performance results depot by depot from Yarra Trams have published for the month of December. Generally the results were good, with the exception of two depots. And guess what? They are the two depots that run the St Kilda Road trams. Frankly, the results were appalling. A pre Christmas timetable to deal with different traffic conditions? Really? #YarraTramsFail
Take a look for yourself. I expect the Department of Transport insists on the foreign owned private operator publishing such damming statistics. The first one is Malvern Depot, the second Glenhuntly Depot. Wow, they dip below a line. Does that mean Myki card holders get some compensation?
Yarra Trams are very busy making improvements to the system, so they tell us often enough, but not too much happens to improve the service in St Kilda Road where in the evening tram after tram arrives at the Toorak Road tram stop, too full to pick up any of the waiting crowds. I see it every evening when I am home and observing the happenings below The Highrise.
The graph on the right is the one to note. The blue line is an average across the tram system, the tan line is for trams along St Kilda Road.