Talking to a brick wall would be less pointless than melbtrip.
*Patronage beyond Eltham is tiny, and no higher than CHill-Jolimont (no evidence will convince melbtrip)
*CHill-Jolimont has a large number of alightings
*Pointless stations like Darebin could easily be demolished, rather than skipped haphazardly
*Convoluted stopping patterns with minor changes (skipping one or two select stations) don't work
*The Hurstbridge line has insufficient length and distant patronage to justify express services
*Patronage beyond Eltham represents a miniscule amount of total line patronage, but a large percentage of operating costs
*Running services beyond Eltham is a drain on resources that could be used providing more frequent services to the line
*In most cases frequency has higher impact on journey time (ie. through waiting time)
*Using passenger stats ignorantly is silly, PT modal division to the CBD is quite high
*Express services have no impact on most travel, as PT use to the CBD is already quite high
*Only beyond Dandenong, Blackburn, and Mentone are suburban express services justified, and of course Vline
*Large scale removal of pointless stations needs to be made to speed up services, which makes much more sense than random expresses
His attitude is not based on fact, but is guided selfishness (ie. he lives out there, wants an express, but has low time worth).
If Eltham to Hurstbridge was ditched you could upgrade frequency between the city and Eltham substantially at no added cost.
People like myself are not going be give up their car travel - if alternative is a stopping all station train service.
I don't believe you have a car.