Water taxi

 
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
Any of you took water taxi before? apparantly there will be water taxi running up Yarra from next year according to MX...

Would they be good to fellow ships/ferry/boat on the Yarra or would they be like taxi on the road...ie changing "water way" without indication, stops where it shouldn't. ..speeding..over taking where it shouldn't....over charging...running the longest possible route... Razz

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  joffie Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I took that free one a few months back (6 or so).  how much will this one cost?  Can we use a metcard Mr. GreenQuestion
  mjja Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Mount Waverley, Melbourne
No, but if you have a Sydney one you might! Laughing
  Nexas The Ghost of George Stephenson

I think (perhaps in the long term) the Water Taxi service should extend eastwards, as far as Victoria Street Richmond, stopping at various jetties along the way as required (eg: If no-one wants on or off, don't stop). A jetty at Chapel Street should be constructed.

I'd certainly use the service, and if marketed enough, and reasonable fares, it could eventually become a full addition to our transport network.
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
No, but if you have a Sydney one you might! Laughing
"mjja"


I wonder if the Sydney water taxi needs a customer proof cell ? like the one they got in their road taxi now?
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,11527943%255E2862,00.html

Yarra taxis hailed a success
Peter Mickelburough, state politics reporter
29nov04

REGULAR water taxi services will ply the Yarra River from next month under a plan to open up Melbourne's waterfront to tourism.

The half-hourly services will run between Federation Square and Docklands, with stops at Crown casino, the aquarium, Southbank and the Exhibition Centre.
Tourism Minister John Pandazopoulos said key waterfront businesses had backed the idea as part of an plan to promote Melbourne as one of the world's great waterfront cities.

"Central to this is a permanent water ferry shuttle service for visitors to Melbourne," he said.

The water taxis will operate from 11am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 8pm on weekends and on public holidays from December to April.

A trial service by Parks Victoria attracted more than 70,000 passengers in six weeks, Mr Pandazopoulos said.

"It's a goer, it's affordable, it's something that locals and visitors want to do," he said.

Regular water services were a key to making the waterfront more accessible and opening up the city to be enjoyed from the Yarra, Mr Pandazopoulos said.

He said the service would be put to tender, with the winning bidder announced within weeks and services to start before Christmas.

Other initiatives in the tourism plan for the waterfront include:

USE of quality street buskers and street artists to attract people.

FEATURING the waterfront on all promotional material for events attracting overseas visitors.

IMPROVING pedestrian access to the waterfront from bridges and improved signs.

INTRODUCING joint ticketing of attractions and transport.

MAKING the area cleaner and safer through better lighting, landscaping and co-ordinated maintenance, and cleaning.

The plan was designed to capitalise on 20 years of private and public sector investment in developments along the Yarra, Mr Pandazopoulos said.

Melbourne River Cruises director James Gantides said riverside businesses expected strong growth in the coming years and the waterfront plan would prove very beneficial.
  MelbourneCity Chief Commissioner

We need a decent ferry network in Melbourne. There are various jetties along the route of the Yarra as far as Victoria Gardens that could be used. You could also have stops at Strathcona, Scotch/Heyington station, Punt Road, Fed Sq, Southbank and onwards. Also some routes up the Marybronong would also be of use, and half hourly services to Williamstown would not hurt either.
  KERETAPI ANTARABANGSA Locomotive Fireman

Location: Kampung Sungai Rengit
these ferries are all good but they need to run from 5am to 12am 7day a week at least every 15 mins and be of a low cost that they will be similar cost to a zone 1 daily ticket for a return

the should use the system like in bangkok where you pay cash to the guy on the boat and then the speed off at 40 kph to the next stop and they have standing room and run every 2 to 3 mins 24hours a day and there are some express trips aswell

the boats a low long narrow but fast woodern boats with woodern seats and take about 300 people at peak times.

but for willamstown and st kilda a inclosed boat with sealed doors will be needed as the waves can over welm the open boats in the winter storms but still it has to run fast
  agabook Assistant Commissioner

Location: On a train to Rowville (or Doncaster)

We need a decent ferry network in Melbourne

sure do.ferries can fill some gaps in our current Public Transport system andthe ferries could be built to suit Melbourne.
  d1-3508 Chief Commissioner

Location: Malvern Depot or out somewhere on the M>tram network
Umm Hello, There is Already a ferry that runs that route!!! (costs $30! compare that to tram: free)

The half-hourly services will run between Federation Square and Docklands, with stops at Crown casino, the aquarium, Southbank and the Exhibition Centre.

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