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Posted 12 Dec 2011 18:05 in Victoria by mjja

You'll find it a long commute, even if they change the timetable to make it run when you need it to. Speaking from experience, even a two hour commute each way (I did Clayton North to Tullamarine) get ...

Posted 25 Jun 2011 20:49 in Victoria by mjja

And in an ideal world that's how it should be. The operating costs should be covered by access fees - and that includes maintenance and any normal upgrades. Yes - the ARTC should be funding track upgr ...

Incidentally, what prevents Melbourne Rd from being lowered?  You've all missed that one.

I've been looking into this - apart from the note above that says the bridge is nearing the end of its useful ...

It's always easier to grade sep by moving the rail than the road. Rail lines have nothing "attached" to them outside their own 16m wide corridor, apart from stations - hence Laburnum and Nunawading go ...

Posted 31 Jan 2011 23:24 in Trams and Light Rail by mjja

I think I was comparing apples with apples actually. A 20m bus in Europe would carry about 120 and up to 150 in some jurisdictions and a 20m tram there would carry 200.

Discussing what can happen in  ...

Posted 30 Jan 2011 22:21 in Trams and Light Rail by mjja

These buses in NSW are permitted to carry about 90. 120 is about the natural capacity of a 20m bus otherwise, I agree. 30m is the standard length of a modern tram and is the realistic basis for compar ...

Posted 29 Jan 2011 18:00 in Trams and Light Rail by mjja

The capacity of an articulated bus here (20 metre length I think?) is about 90, compared with a 30 metre tram that can hold up to about 300 at crush load. That's a hell of a lot more productivity that ...

Posted 29 Jan 2011 17:50 in Trams and Light Rail by mjja

The funding was withdrawn from what was a doomed one buttock cheek solution.



Spot on. Bus lanes might have helped, but if it means the rest of the traffic comes to a standstill due to ...

Posted 29 Jan 2011 17:46 in Trams and Light Rail by mjja

Great posts Morbo.

Might be able to run at a greater frequency than light (or heavy) rail, but why have a driver per 50 people when you can have a driver per 1000 people?

Its much cheaper to run ...

Posted 31 Aug 2010 00:55 in Melbourne suburban by mjja

Once again, I'm not going to be visiting Railpage frequently so comments should be on our forums rather than here.

David has covered most of the ground. All I'll add is:

1. Fly-overs - will not ha ...

Posted 29 Aug 2010 23:57 in Melbourne suburban by mjja

Hi all, yes it's mjja back again, temporarily only.

Melbtrip is correct that the book is available for free download from our web site. We were planning to announce it properly tomorrow and he's ju ...

Posted 23 May 2010 13:49 in Melbourne suburban by mjja


Can We please have this thread locked



You seem to have a fetish for getting threads locked...

Let's see if I can still do this:

It's not rocket scien ...

Duly noted.

Careful, it's slippery in here.

I don't want Countrylink managing the Bacchus Marsh interurbans from their ivory tower in Sydney. Recipe for disaster.

Monash Uni believe in mass transit. Chadstone don't.

To celebrate the memory of this illustrious occasion I think it's fitting that we look to our past.

This was posted back in 2006:

Read it and  ...

And it's so fast!

OMG I don't know lots of these people... it's like visiting an old school or workplace.

$30m in customer satisfaction wiped out. Anyone surprised?

The Oakleigh connection was recommended by Metlink, because when they merged 700 into 903 they killed the connection at Holmesglen by having the bus leave at the same time as the train. Rolling Eyes And the ...

Hello everybodeeeee!

Alstom is correct, I don't post here any more (no hard feelings against the place, just don't have time what with full time work, Smart Passengers and several other involvement ...

Posted 02 Nov 2009 23:54 in Melbourne suburban by mjja

With apologies to the Goons, I return to Railpage for the first time since starting to work 60 hours a week to say this line.

The "motherhood statements" are pretty much the same between the PTUA a ...

I do hope the tunnel is built with freight in mind. Freight should be run through the tunnel to Hastings at night/off peak. This will probably see a return to electric locos.

I believe Eddington's pl ...

Posted 27 Apr 2009 18:01 in Melbourne suburban by mjja

Come on Greg, answer the question. Has train driving become more difficult this year than it was last year? Because working at Coles has.

Ok you persist in trying to fan a ember into a flame so her ...

Posted 27 Apr 2009 17:51 in Melbourne suburban by mjja

Brumby has promised that the new trains will be built in Victoria. That means either Dandenong or Ballarat, and I'm guessing Dandenong.

So in 2032 every single vehicle will be able to carry a wheelchair, and that's not good enough?

Spare a thought for the people of Carnegie-Murrumbeena - it's a regular thing for their morning peak  ...

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