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More passengers on Melbourne trains and trams
28 Sep 2017
More passengers are travelling on Melbourne’s train and tram network than ever before, thanks to more services and new trams and trains.
Acting PTV CEO Alan Fedda today released May 2017 Train and Tram load reports which show trains and trams are carrying more passengers in the peak than ever before thanks to a better train design and bigger E-Class trams running on the network.
“We’ve got more people choosing to take public transport every day, with the new trains providing more capacity for more people as we move towards a modern metro system,” Mr Fedda said.
“We introduced 30 extra metropolitan train services in August to provide room for 27,000 extra trips every week, and we’ve provided more room on trains for passengers in peak hour.”
“We’re currently delivering the biggest transformation of our train network this generation has seen, with the construction of the Metro Tunnel and new High Capacity Metro Trains which will provide a boost to the majority of lines.”
The May 2017 Metropolitan Train Load Standards Survey Report shows a reduction in the number of train services in the AM and PM peak that are over capacity.
On the tram network, rolling hour breaches in the PM peak also dropped as more larger capacity trams continue to be added to the fleet.
“We’ve got 56 new E-Class trams running on our network providing more room to passengers on some of the busiest routes, with a further 24 trams on order,” Mr Fedda said.
“Every time a new E-Class tram rolls out onto our network it provides more room for more passengers as Melbourne continues to grow, and means other larger trams can be allocated to different routes.”
“We’ve got more people choosing to take public transport every day, and reconfigured trains provide more capacity for more people as we move towards a modern metro system.”
Capacity on the Cranbourne / Pakenham lines will be further increased by 20 per cent from mid-2019 when 65 new longer high capacity trains are introduced to the busy rail corridor.
The May 2017 Train and Tram load reports are available at Passenger Load Surveys.
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