Thanks Richard. A great ride. Various observations:
• The loud abusive arguments are quite frightening to many passengers.
The abusers seemed to have been drug-crazed when I have encountered them. A
lot of them around St Kilda. On the 109 in Victoria St Richmond I have
seen people shooting up on the tram, and vomiting everywhere too. I once
phoned ahead to Southbank Depot from a 109 to suggest they get cleaners
onboard when the tram passed, to clean up a mess of vomit. This was 2pm
BTW. And in Ascot Vale, it often amused me to see drug dealers hop on and
off the moving 57s to attend to customers; the transactions were done
quickly and quietly, but very openly.
• I like the 16 along what was once the 69. Seeing your video
reinforced what low-density areas Melbourne's trams run through compared
with trams in many places in Europe.
• Every time I see one of your videos, Richard, I rage at the pathetic
traffic light priority the trams get. Europe had traffic-light priority for
trams in the 1970s -- priority that actually works too. With far-side
stops, the trams don't even have to slow when approaching even a red light
because the T light always comes on.
david mcloughlin, New Zealand
"Beware for whom the mob bays; lest next it bays for thee."
On Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 12:28:13 PM UTC+12 Richard Youl wrote:
> If you have not ridden on the 16 for a while, here is a chance to sample
> However if you or anyone about to watch it is easily offended with course
> language, it might be best to have the sound off between the corner of
> Carlisle Street and Saint Kilda Road, and Balaclava station. I could have
> edited out the swearing, but unfortunately public transport workers
> anywhere these days are likely come across situations like this, and worse.
> Driver’s View Tram 16 St Kilda Junction to Glenferrie Rd Melbourne