There is a management paradox where you have a management operating a phobia about operating 'short route services' to meet capacity, meanwhile we have a network which is somewhat stretched around inner sections of the network, yet there seems to be surplus capacity on trams in the outer regions of the system.
This campaign is about finding ways to better manage and use the resources. We can add services on the inner sections where trams are always full, and find this extra trams by removing surplus trips to the outer reaches of the same.
Other ways of doing this objective can be seen below.
Where all trams currently operate the full length of a tram route on Melbournes longest tram routes, here we want to see every second tram terminate short of the terminus, especially during peak hour.
This strategy shall free up trams, which can then be better used elsewhere on the tram network, where the extra capacity is required.
The idea is, on the city end, to have every second service run to the short route terminus, while only every other one operates the full length of the route.
Classic example is route #75. Crammed within the inner suburbs, but mostly empty in the outer suburbs.
Have every second tram cut short at Burwood, and you will have enough trams to add a second short working to Burwood in each cycle.
Where you have two tram routes which run along adjacent main roads, it can be an advantage to have a third tram route, which services the top half of one of these routes, and the bottom half of the other route.
|Existing main long||Introduce a new short||Notes|
|Comon end||Outer end||Route number||Short to||Specific location|
|19||City - Elizabeth Street||North Coburg||18||Moreland||Railway station||no notes|
|75||City Spencer Street||Vermont South||74|
|Bennetswood||Elgar Road or|
|86||Docklands||Bundoora||88||Reservoir East||Corner Albert Street / Bolderwood pde||no notes|
|87||La Trobe University||no notes|
|112||St Kilda||Preston West||#114||Preston Workshops||Turns into the workshops|
|The route||General notes|
|Route Number||One end||Other end||Route details||Capacity notes|
|58||City - Elizabeth street||Ascot Vale||Flemington Road and Racecourse road||Terminates at the top of Union Road.|
|84||Collins Street West end||Bundoora||#112 out of city, Thornbury hump, #86 out to Bundoora|
|54 or 68||City - Elizabeth street||West Coburg||As the old #68|