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Buses replace trains on sections of the Upfield line until the last train of Sun 15 Nov (level-crossing works at Coburg and Moreland).
5.54 Pakenham & Cranbourne lines: Major delays Caulfield - Dandenong (police).
- 6.05 Trains are on the move, with major delays clearing.
9.05 Frankston line: Major delays clearing after an earlier police action.
This mobile motor-repair workshop, built by Victorian Railways, for AIF in 1915. https://beta.prov.vic.gov.au/collection/PID3164100897
All train, tram and bus services in Melbourne continue to run to a reduced timetable after 21.00 each day. PTV is working to restore the normal timetable over the next few weeks.
18.30 Buses are replacing trains between Frankston and Stony Point (a train fault). Journey time extended by ~40 min.
- 20.30 unchanged.
Buses replace trains Newport - Werribee from 19.25 until the last train (works).
Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham from 20.30 until the last train (works).

The NUMTOTs: millennials obsessed with public transport and memes March 11, 2019.
When Angus Bergman posted on Facebook that Melbourne had the largest tram network in the world and - “also, because we are hipster as shit and drink lattes out of avocados, we also paint our trams and make them artsy” - there was a lot of love but also a frisson of rivalry.
One commentator pointed out that while Melbourne has the “largest current” network, some European cities came pretty close and “Philadelphia had y’all beat before they scrapped most of them in the '60s”. (He quickly apologised after being upbraided for his passive-aggressive comment.)
Meet the NUMTOTS: Luke Snelling, Mitchell Sheldrick, Adam Chandler, Matthew Rossi and Andrew Chia (Left to right)Credit:Justin McManus
Welcome to New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens (NUMTOT), a Facebook meme group, whose more than 130,000 members are, to quote one of their own favourite expressions, “gay for public transport” (translation: love public transport.)
Any content, meme or otherwise, relating to cities, public transport and urban planning is welcome although the ground rules warn: “We are not explicitly Leftbook, but we are certainly left-leaning. We won’t ban you for being a capitalist, but don't expect us to defend you either.”
Map by Mitchell Sheldrick of every weird thing that has been discussed in the NUMTOT group, including ongoing memes. Credit:Mitchell Sheldrick
If there was ever going to be a Facebook meme group for urban millennial geeks obsessed with pop culture and trains, it was axiomatic that Melburnians would be well represented.
The niche group - which has been profiled by everyone from The New York Times to The Guardian - was started in 2017 by a couple of University of Chicago students, reportedly following a heated online debate about the US Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.
Of all the cities in the world, Melbourne boasts the sixth highest number of active NUMTOTs, as the Facebook group’s members are nicknamed. Melbourne tram superiority is one of the hot-button topics.
Mr Bergman, a law student, said NUMTOTs from around the world were interested in the perspective of Melburnians on transport-related issues.
“We are growing at quite an alarming rate in terms of population, is infrastructure growing the way it should be?” he says. “We have experienced either ends of the spectrum - we have the largest tram network on the planet in the CBD but we don’t have an accessible system to get to the airport.”
Posted on NUMTOT Facebook pageCredit:FaceBook
NUMTOT Adam Chandler, who is also the chairman of the Melbourne Tram Museum, says “love it or hate it”, Melburnians are actively engaged with public transport.
“Shitposting is a logical extension of that given our Australian way of not taking things particularly seriously.” (Shitposting generally refers to random, mildly amusing memes or videos.)
NUMTOTs riff on everything from Thomas the Tank Engine to urban theorist Jane Jacobs, favourite train station toilet graffiti and the NSW Greens' proposal for $1 metro fares.
Transit themed shitpost designed by Mitchell SheldrickCredit:Mitchell Sheldrick
The pro-development YIMBY movement (Yes In My Back Yard) also features prominently. When someone posted a photo of the new sky rail in Melbourne, they stipulated “Wow reacts only”.
When the T-shirts Mitchell Sheldrick designed out of the (now infamous) Metro train seat covers went viral, someone suggested he should probably become a numtot.
It was suggested to Mitchell Sheldrick that he join the NUMTOTs after a t-shirt he designed using the Metro train seat cover pattern went viral.Credit:Joe Armao
He is now one of twelve international moderators of the Facebook page.
“We break up arguments, wrangle the nerds, basically deal with children,” Mr Sheldrick says.
“I have been called left wing, right wing, convict, bootlegger, communist. Some people get weirdly passionate about stuff. We had to ban people talking about brutalism and stuff like that because it literally created very heated arguments.”
Mr Chandler interjects: “Concrete buildings with no features. Who knew they could be so controversial?”
Shitpost designed by Mitchell SheldrickCredit:Mitchell Sheldrick
NUMTOT has spawned multiple spin-offs including Brutalist concreteposting, Two wheeled Memes for Bicycle-Oriented Teens and the local Urban Sprawl Memes for Hoddle Grid Teens (USMHGT), which already has more than 550 members.
The local group, like its NUMTOT parent, is full of in-jokes. The group’s description "and always remember to touch on your myki, at the start of your journey" is facetiously attributed to Robert Risson, the tramway administrator credited with saving Melbourne’s tram system.
Mr Sheldrick has even arranged a meet up of Melbourne NUMTOTs and USMHGTs (admittedly a more awkward acronym) at the Tram Museum.
Image posted on Urban Sprawl Memes for Hoddle Grid TeensCredit:Facebook
“I have met a lot of people from the group,” he says. “It’s been weird.”
Luke Snelling, who is studying urban planning, says students love the NUMTOT memes. “It’s a way of connecting the planning and transport community.”

'You're joking': Peak-hour meltdown after mechanical issue on Airport line train March 11, 2019.
A train requiring mechanical repairs at Museum Station caused major flow-on delays on Monday evening, leaving peak-hour commuters stuck on stationary trains and causing overcrowding on two Central Station platforms.
A spokeswoman for Sydney Trains said at about 7pm that "regular and frequent services" had resumed but that customers were advised to allow extra travel time after a T8 Airport and South Line train required urgent repairs at Museum
Station. By 9pm, services were returning to normal.
Commuters stuck at Central Station after a train had to be offloaded due to a mechanical issue.
"Delays were experienced as a result of a train requiring repairs to its trip gear near Museum Station at around 5.25pm this evening, with passengers allowed to disembark at Central Station as a safety precaution," the spokeswoman said.
Commuters attempting to access platforms 22 and 23 at Central Station were left stuck at the entrances as more than a thousand passengers disembarked. As a result, barricades had to be erected to manage the crowds after passengers were offloaded from the faulty train.
A tweet from Trains Info apologised for the delays and barricaded platforms, saying "due to safety reasons we will need to control the flow of people onto the platforms to avoid any injuries."
Chris Sherlock said he changed his plans when he saw the crowds trying to access platform; instead of catching his usual train to Holsworthy, he was able to getting a lift home from Strathfield.
"I’ve never seen such a huge crush at the entrance to that platform. It looked pretty dangerous to be honest," he said.
Some commuters said they were left waiting at the packed entrance to the platforms for more than half an hour. "Seriously you're joking aren't you?" tweeted @azzap1987, who said it took him more than an hour longer than usual to get home to Campbelltown, causing him to miss his dad's birthday celebrations.
Others complained about overcrowding on the trains themselves.
Kristina Wilson said she got on a 5.09pm train at Wynyard, where there was no indication of any issue. It then took her an hour to travel to Central, she said.
Commuters experienced delays after a Central station platform filled up with offloaded passengers.
"The train got stuck in a tunnel for about 20 minutes between Circular Quay and St James and then almost half an hour between St James and Museum," she said.
Ms Wilson said she was concerned about safety as desperate commuters crammed on board when the train stopped along the City Circle stations.
"When the train stopped at Museum it just sat there for about five to six minutes and let every man and his dog pile on as it was stuck there and then it did the same again when it got to Central," she said, tweeting: "How is this safe?
Clearly no one cares!"
At 7pm, delays continued on both affected lines and buses were supplementing some train services between Campbelltown and Macarthur.
Meanwhile, a power outage at Chatswood Station put its Opal card readers out of action, leaving commuters unable to tap on or off, top up, or purchase new cards at the station.
Sydney Trains advised commuters who require a fare adjustment as a result of being unable to tap on or off that they can arrange it via the Transport for NSW website.

Sydney stations where commuters fall through gaps, get stuck in lifts March 11, 2019.  59 comments.
A significant number of commuters continue to fall through gaps between platforms and trains at Sydney's stations and get stuck in lifts each year, internal government figures show.
About 290 passengers fell through gaps between platforms and trains in the 12 months to last June, compared with about 340 in the 2016-17 financial year and about 305 in 2015-16.
Central Station, the city's busiest, topped the list last year with about 54 people falling through gaps, followed by Circular Quay (about 34) and Redfern (about 18), according to a Sydney Trains report obtained by the Herald under freedom of information laws.
Circular Quay has the second highest number of incidents in Sydney of passengers falling through gaps between trains and platforms.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer
About 120 people were trapped in lifts at stations across the rail network last year, down on the 140 a year earlier, but slightly higher than in 2015-16.
Bondi Junction, Central, Lidcombe, Macquarie University and Wynyard stations recorded the highest number of people trapped in lifts.
The report marked "cabinet in confidence" said the actual number of incidents is "assumed to be higher" because some are not reported or occur at stations without staff.
Central Station tops the list for the number of passengers trapped in lifts or who fall between gaps between platforms and trains.Credit:James Alcock
About 420 people slipped, tripped or fell on station platforms and concourses last financial year, down from 500 a year earlier. The number of people getting caught in escalators also dropped to about 34 last year, from just over 40 in the prior period.
Sydney's rail network is under pressure from what the state government has described as "off-the-charts" demand. Last year passengers took more than 413 million journeys, up 38 per cent from about 300 million in 2013.
The internal report singled out hydraulic lifts as "an asset class that cannot cope with the significant additional daily usage". The average age of the 93 hydraulic lifts on the rail network is 19 years.
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said modern technology was being used to prioritise the "right things" to invest in to improve safety, while new trains with better designed doors would help reduce the incidents of people falling through gaps.
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins.Credit:Kate Geraghty
"Wherever possible we ... have been rebuilding the platforms to ensure there is a better gap. We are focusing on those areas where it really is about movement of people," he said.
"There has really been a massive increase in investment [over the past five years] compared with other networks."
The state government has spent about $1.2 billion improving accessibility at train stations and ferry wharves since 2011. A further 68 stations are due to receive upgrades, including new lifts and ramps, in the next few years as part of the third round of funding.
An increase in train services throughout the day to cope with demand has reduced time available for workers to maintain tracks and trains. As a result of a reduction in "touch time", Sydney Trains is looking to carry out more maintenance work at weekends and at nights.
"This will increase the cost of maintenance through the additional overtime payments to staff and potentially increases the risk of less maintenance to the assets, resulting in an increase in backlog," the report said.
While noting that it is "easy to defer maintenance and upgrading works" because of the "long life cycle" of most rail facilities, the report warns that the "effect of postponing this work is to create a backlog that will require very significant levels of funding to address, and may become under-deliverable".
Sydney Trains' internal strategy, therefore, is to maintain funding levels that allows adequate maintenance or upgrading of stations and rail lines.
Related Article The NSW government has ordered another 17 Waratah trains, the first of which is expected to begin services in August next year. Sydney's stretched rail network in store for $900m in new trains,

'Lonely minority whistling Dixie': Liberals ridicule Nationals over coal power March 11, 2019. 21 comments

Andrews defends public servants as Victoria records 10 new cases. Rachael Dexter, Sumeyya Ilanbey and Paul Sakkal September 29, 2020. 9 comments
Melbourne's streets were still quiet despite the lifting of the curfew on Monday night.CREDIT:CHRIS HOPKINS
Learner drivers can practise only if they are out for one of the four allowed reasons - for example, driving to the supermarket. You cannot go out solely for the purposes of driving practice.
There is no five-kilometre limit for weddings but you cannot travel to regional Victoria for a wedding unless you are the celebrant.
The Sunbury and Werribee train lines are the latest additions to the Victorian Department of Health’s register of high-risk locations visited by a COVID-positive person in the last fortnight.
Anyone who travelled along the Sunbury or Werribee train line – particularly between Ginifer and Footscray station and Footscray and Werribee station respectively – on Tuesday September 22 between 4pm and 6pm is advised to monitor for any symptoms and to get tested as soon as possible if they appear.

WA relaxes rules for Victorian travellers as Andrews shuffles ministry. Paul Sakkal September 29, 2020. 8 comments

'Inhibit the commission’s freedom': Verdict nears on Narrabri coal seam gasfield, Peter Hannam September 29, 2020. 19 comments
<www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/inhibit-the-commission-s-freedom-verdict-nears-on-narrabri-coal-seam-gasfield-20200929-p560bn.html> [comments mixed: anti gas and anti green]

Cycling groups welcome 12-month bike lane trial in Brisbane CBD Lucy Stone September 29, 2020. 17 comments

Separated bike lanes to run through Brisbane's CBD in 12-month trial Lucy Stone September 29, 2020

Victorian crossbenchers face vital test over extraordinary COVID bill September 29, 2020

eSports stadium and space robots: What the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal will mean for our city. Hamish Hastie September 20, 2020
After years of back and forth between state, federal and local governments and delays due to a certain pandemic the Perth City Deal has finally been inked and it is set to change the CBD forever.
City deals are partnerships between all levels of government and private enterpise to promote investment. A number have already been signed for towns such as Western Sydney, Launceston and Darwin.
ECU's proposed Perth campus as part of the Perth City Deal.
Perth's City Deal, announced on Sunday, is a whopper.
Coming in at $1.5 billion it will see unis increase their presence in the city's heart, better cycling infrastructure, better sports facilities and upgrades to ageing icons such as the Perth Concert Hall.
The key projects that will be undertaken as part of the deal:
$695 million to bring Edith Cowan to the city with a new vertical university next to Yagan Square. When it's completed in 2025 it will mean more than 9200 students and teachers in the city from day one
$360 million from the state to help Murdoch and Curtin universities expand and establish new presences in the CBD. Murdoch will create a vertical campus and eSports (gaming) Stadium linked with Singapore and East Asia. Curtin University, which is already scattered throughout the CBD, will build a "knowledge and innovation precinct" with the addition of a 'historical heart' development in the city's east end
$105 million for a greater CBD transport plan including cycling and walking infrastrcuture upgrades. The pillar of this is the already-announced Swan River Causeway Bridge
$42 million for upgrades to the Perth Concert Hall
$36 million for better facilities for homeless people
$20 million for the East Perth Power Station upgrade
$100 million to redevelop the WACA and transform it into a state of the art sporting facility
including an inner city swimming pool
$20 million to spruce up the ageing Perth Cultural Centre
$18 million for an Australian Space Robotics, Automation, and AI Command Control Complex for startups and other businesses to develop robots for use in space and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space
$10 million for an Indigenous business and employment hub
$4 million for a pre-feasibility study for an Aboriginal Cultural Centre
The plan was expected to inject more than 25,000 students and staff into the city as well as 4100 construction jobs and 1000 ongoing jobs.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the deal would have flow-on effects for small businesses including retail, restaurants and bars and return vibrancy to the city.
Federal Finance Minister and Senator Mathias Cormann said the city deal had been worked on for some time and was ambitious.
“We have negotiated an ambitious City Deal that unlocks Perth’s incredible future potential while
continuing to develop it into a vibrant, exciting and liveable capital city," he said.
The deal was welcomed by WA Property Council exectutive director Sandra Brewer who said it would give Perth a competitive edge in attracting new investment to the city post-COVID.
The new causeway bridge will form part of the Perth City Deal.
“While we have called for a more ambitious City Deal that covered more of metropolitan Perth, today’s announcement unlocks a range of opportunities for new housing, office and entertainment developments that will reignite our CBD and drive growth," she said.
“We’re pleased that a significant proportion of City Deal funding will go to fixing some of the challenges with CBD transport, such as poor pedestrian access, incomplete bike paths and wayfinding – all helping to create a more people-friendly city."
* How are all of these people going to actually get to the CBD? On current public transport? Not likely.

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