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Standing room only on trams

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Greens candidates have measured overcrowding across Melbourne’s tram network, finding passengers standing for more than 40 minutes before seats become available on evening peak services.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said, “It took 42 minutes to get a seat on the 75 to Vermont South, 36 minutes on the 86 to Bundoora, and 37 minutes on the 6 to Glen Iris. On other routes passengers were standing for between 20 and 35 minutes before seats became available.

“Tram overcrowding has worsened in recent years, with the network averaging 99% of capacity during the morning peak and some routes running at 147% of their capacity. This is a clear problem given the government predicts 16,000 additional trips will be made each day during this financial year.

The Auditor General noted in a recent report that ‘priority for trams is not effective’, causing ‘protracted red light time for tram passengers'.

“Improving tram priority could increase the speed of trams, which will increase capacity.

“The Greens have pledged to buy the 50 additional trams available in the current contract, which will grow capacity and support local manufacturing. The old parties should get behind the Greens plan,” Mr Barber said.

 

Contact Alistair – 0425 792 532

Attached - Evening peak survey data

http://greens.org.au/initiatives/50-new-trams-fix-overcrowding

http://www.audit.vic.gov.au/publications/20140611-ICT-Improve-Traffic/20140611-ICT-Improve-Traffic.html#s25