Route 96 tram priority trial

 
  AzN_dj Chief Commissioner

Location: Along route 69
Important timetable information

One of the most effective ways to improve tram service reliability and network capacity is to improve tram signal priority.  Currently, Melbourne’s trams spend more time stopped at traffic lights than most other tram networks in the world.

On Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November, we will be testing tram priority along Nicholson Street.

What does this mean for passengers on Route 96?

On these days, trams will not run to the timetable along the length of Route 96.  Frequency of service will remain unchanged but tram arrival times may differ from the schedule displayed at the stops.

Yarra Trams apologises for any increased waiting times associated with the trial which is a key step towards improving your tram service on Route 96.

You can always find out when your tram is coming in real-time with tramTRACKER®.


http://www.yarratrams.com.au/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-39/44_read-3129/

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  route14 Chief Commissioner

Actually it can operate in the same way as route 19.  During the day only the frequency is publicized to the passengers so you'd know roughly how long you'd have to wait for a tram, but once you get on you won't be delayed unnecessarily with the tram having to wait at OPR points.
  connexwest Deputy Commissioner

Location: Waiting for the World's Biggest Divvy Van
Actually it can operate in the same way as route 19.  During the day only the frequency is publicized to the passengers so you'd know roughly how long you'd have to wait for a tram, but once you get on you won't be delayed unnecessarily with the tram having to wait at OPR points.
"route14"


Actually wrong- just because the public is given a frequency doesn't mean it just suddenly negates the entire exsistence of the OPRs.

Drivers still have a table card to drive to with timing points.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

In this case the public might as well be informed of the exact schedule.
  AzN_dj Chief Commissioner

Location: Along route 69
I think the point was it is a trial so there is no point to write a new timetable for the week, and it is easier to notify people that trams may be earlier.

Does anyone know what this trial consists of?
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I would say just a few priority signals at some major intersections.  Route 86 already has quite a few of them, but they just don't bother changing the timetable.
  scrat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Fitzroy North
I assume they haven't issued a timetable as being a trial, they don't know, and that's what the trial is for, to determine how much earlier the trams will be arriving.

I have seen the T light at Johnson St/Elgin St change to white as a tram approaches, meaning the tram doesn't have to stop and wait for the sequence. I assume a few other intersections are having these features trialled and at the end of it they'll analyse the results.

Liam.
  scrat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Fitzroy North
This press release from Yarra Trams has a small blurb and video (from 9 news) about the trial, it seems VicRoads altered traffic light sequences to give trams green lights at nine intersections along Nicholson Street and Yarra Trams suspended the timetable to allow drivers to complete the run as quick as possible, to determine how much faster trams could be along Nicholson Street. The results should be available in the coming few months, should be interesting reading.

Liam.

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