Public Transport Victoria: Latest tram load standards survey results

The latest Public Transport Victoria tram load standards survey results have shown a reduction in crowding on the network.

The May 2012 load standards survey recorded 15 occasions per day where the hourly average tram loads were above the standard, compared to 22 times at the same locations in May 2011.

Over this same time, tram patronage grew 4.5 per cent to 191.6 million boardings.

PTV Director of Network Operations Norman Gray said that the reduction showed that good work had been undertaken in the past year to reduce crowding on key areas of the network.

“Our surveys do a great job identifying areas where crowding is greatest and I’m pleased to say that improvements have been made in a number of areas identified in last year’s survey,” Mr Gray said.

“We would expect these improvements to continue with the introduction of 50 new trams commencing next year. The new trams will add much needed capacity to the network and allow us to move other trams with greatest capacity to the routes that are most crowded.”

The findings from these surveys will be used to further inform planning and strategy for the tram network.

Published by: Public Transport Victoria (PTV), Friday 2 November 2012

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