Monday, April 28, 2008

Is there any improvement...

Well, if we're talking about the train system here in Melbourne; then the answer is no. In fact, it's actually gotten worse this week. The transport minister has recently bragged about implementing changes in certain lines that have issues, and said that it would increase the capacity of the system. It's been said that an additional 105 new services have been added to existing timetables to boost weekday travel to and from the CBD.

Well, if you're one of us, who get on the train from Glen Huntly to the city in the mornings (between 7:45 - 9:00); this has actually gotten worse. For the first day of the week, the regular train that I take was late for more than 10 minutes. And as before it was quite full. And today, well, it was even bitter, the train was on time but much more full train usual. The experience was as pathetic as before, but even more because of the fact that people are such inconsiderate brats (especially the one with his bike in the front carriage). Now I thought, the front carriage was meant for people with special needs, so what's going on?

Putting that aside. I pity those, who normally take the next couple of trains after the 8:21 because they've been cancelled today. For some reason, I must have known that would happen cause I rushed to the station to catch the 8:21. Sometimes if I get held up at home, I would catch the 8:36 and I would still be alright to get to work before 9:30 am. Well, I guess you'll just have some more rants on MX today. But if you feel like it, you can leave your rants on this blog as well. I would appreciate a sharing of ideas on how to solve this commuters' crisis.

I would like to ask the transport minister, where is the improvement? And how did Connex project any improvements with these changes? Considering that the Frankston line was specified as one of the lines that will be boosted, I think it's been just a load of crap. They shouldn't really sensationalize any changes in the train system, if it won't affect the commuters in a positive way. I mean, it's just one failed campaign after another. First was the early bird thingy, which everyone knows would not work since the mornings would really be too cold for most people to rush to work. And this promised boosts that has become just so lame.

So what's next in their circus of public transport juggles? A Clown day on the train? Well, I suggest they think of better ways to improve the situation. With the increased popullation of Melbourne, the train system should be revamped to hold the capacity. I mean, maybe adding more running trains or using trains with larger capacities. And keep the changes hush or at least not promise any improvements that cannot be achieve. And I don't want to hear another lame excuse about this latest change: it's too early to feel the improvements. Yes, it is too early to feel improvements, but why are we feeling worst?


Rich said...

Melbourne has a "love hate" relationship with Connex. Check out what's being said over at

Or even just check the twitter feed.

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