They don't need more stations. They need:I was going to continue the discussion about train capacity on the Sydney metro thread but I was concerned about the possibility of needing chemotherapy afterwards
More train frequency. This reduces peak overcrowding and increases off-peak mobility.
More feeder buses. This improves local circulation.
More local community facilities. This prevents Wyndham from becoming a 'dormitory town', in turn reducing the need for people to commute all the way into the City. The council needs to jump onto this immediately.
The opportunity for Melbourne passed some years ago when they could have installed high capacity signalling but they instead appear to have opted for ripping seats out of the trains. The other issue is that train travel times are not competitive with driving - especially given the very long distances you need to sometimes cover from the outer east or north to the city or elsewhere. Some years ago I was living inner east but commuting to Dandenong and Berwick for work - the train wasn't anywhere near as fast as driving, particularly in the counter-peak direction.
I also hear what you're saying about missing Sydney - for some reason I think large peak hour crowds get handled better there and frankly Melbourne's (mostly) 19th century infrastructure just doesn't cope. Adding 1 million plus new residents in the space of 14 years also hasn't helped.
I told you the chemotherapy didn't work! In addition to the previously mentioned super-foods and healing waves, I've also since adopted a caveman diet and joined a neo-pagan cult.
I agree with everything you've said, except about reverse-peak commuting. I'm now a veteran of Flinders Street to Moonee Ponds and Flinders Street to Box Hill, and it isn't that bad — even though I make endless jokes about "Cancelburn" trains.
What does suck enormously is the cross-town commute. I have friends who have to do mind-bogglingly stupid commutes such as Vermont South to Bundoora, which is both in the peak direction and damn near impossible to do by public transport, now that we don't have the railway link between the Clifton Hill group and the 75 tram.
Another great example was Macleod to Werribee, but I think he gave up and crashed with a mate for the five weeks he was posted there.
The word we're looking for, I think, is cooked