Monash University study on PT patronage - post COVID-19

 
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/back-to-cars-public-transport-expected-to-take-post-pandemic-beating-20200828-p55q6q.html#comments

It's strange, as I commented in the Age article, that Monash Uni, so poorly served by PT is the institution thats created this prediction. Most people who work there drive and this was borne out by no mention of the cost of your Myki pass if you work from home...say three days a week. It's probably more convenient to just purchase Myki money.

As for V/Line travellers...enjoy the sprawl room... Smile

I think it's unlikely there will be a contraction of V/Line service frequency.

Mike.

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  Carnot Minister for Railways

Until there's widespread use of a vaccine, PT patronage will remain poor.  VLine might do ok long-term if many people move out of Melbourne and commute just a couple of days or a day a week.

Meanwhile, VLine keep running heaps of 6 car VLos when they should be 3 car on the Bgo line.
  L1150 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Pakenham Vic.
Vinelander, I worked in the Faculty of Engineering at the Clayton campus of Monash for 11 years and I had no problems using PT. Train to Clayton station then (if I was feeling lazy) one of the several bus routes to the Uni or mostly, walked. Prior to my department being amalgamated with Clayton, I was, for many years, at the Caulfield campus which was a no_brainer for PT being right next to Caulfield station!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I think people will decide to work from home for the foreseeable future including myself.  This will lead to less cars and less PT overall.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Vinelander, I worked in the Faculty of Engineering at the Clayton campus of Monash for 11 years and I had no problems using PT. Train to Clayton station then (if I was feeling lazy) one of the several bus routes to the Uni or mostly, walked. Prior to my department being amalgamated with Clayton, I was, for many years, at the Caulfield campus which was a no_brainer for PT being right next to Caulfield station!
L1150
During my short stint at Monash my attendance record got progressively worse as the daily drudgery of catching multiple busses from the Eastern Suburbs across town to Clayton became too much of a chore. First to go was the day with just one tute and it went downhill from there.

The other alternative was walk > bus > train > train > bus (or riding my 1962 model motor scooter). The trip by PT generally took around 1.5 hours each way.

Oh how different my life might have been if I had got into Melbourne. Or got that cadetship at The Sun Smile
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I absolutely love my job of over 20 years and through necessity I have a finger on the pulse and the action...or lack of it, of the government of the day. Nevertheless I too have been advised at the ripe old age of 65, that I'll be working from home for two or three days a week, my choice, going forward till I pull the pin at perhaps age 71, assuming I haven't fallen off the perch by then Exclamation
I sometimes take a walk around town after work and occasionally I'll pass by the station when my old train the 16:32 arrives at around 17:20...virtually empty. The station car park is almost empty with perhaps 10 cars on a good day.
It's amazing that so many trains are still passing through Ballan, virtually carrying fresh air.

Working from home has been a real game changer as I've been able to spend more time in the garden and riding on weekends, around 30km or so without getting totally exhausted on hills or with strong head  winds...or a combination of both as was the case yesterday.

This means, I'll be able to work from presumably anywhere in Australia as I have done from Mildura twice so far and assuming we come out of COVID lockdowns by next winter, I'll equally be able to work from FNQ when I travel out to Forsayth on the Savannahlander and I also explore some of the Herberton Tablelands from Innisfail, set myself up for a few days at Millaa Millaa hopefully all by the E-bike and public transport (Spirit of Queensland).

However the downside is, I'm currently not walking Collins Street every day...twice and that's showing on the waistline and the fact that I've got more time to cook at home and with the cooking comes my sweet tooth, which I definitely should not be doing ExclamationSmile

Mike.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
'A Department of Transport spokesman said the government was adding extra train and tram services on the busiest lines to help passengers socially distance.'

Is this true or just more spin (lies)?
Where and when have these extra services been added?
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
Does anyone have any stats of the latest public patronage particularly after 8pm when the curfew timetable comes into place? I think for the foreseeable future it may be more sensible, given the likelihood of working from home is set to continue for a prolonged period of time and reduced patronage numbers, to introduce a temporary timetable to run 7 days a week.

Services could run every 15 minutes from first service to around 8am, than say every 10 to 15 minutes 8am to around 8pm, than dropping off to every 40 minutes after 8pm (due to the curfew). Once curfew is lifted than services after 8pm could be increased to say every 15 to 20 minutes. This would ensure passengers could adequately socially distance and also removes the unnecessary intensive peak hour service, which is not currently required.

Essential workers still need to catch trains after 8pm, and hourly waits are excessive and make public transport unusuable for many people. Every 40 minutes would be more user friendly.

The busiest lines: Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston, Werribee, Cragieburn, Sunbury, Mernda, Lilydale and Belgrave could be running every 10 to 15 minutes in the day at least. If patronage rises again more services can than be added.

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