Melbourne's tram network is the largest in the world measured by track length.
|City||Network Size (track length)|
Despite Melbourne's tram network being larger, Berlin's Straßenbahn network had roughly the same amount of passengers trips as Melbourne and Vienna's network was well ahead of both Melbourne & Berlin in the 2013-2014 period.
|173,400,000 passenger trips||174,700,000 passenger trips||293,600,000 passenger trips|
Six of Melbourne's 23 routes have more than 10,000,000 passenger trips per annum:
|Route||Annual Passenger Trips|
|#109 - Box Hill to Port Melbourne||15,600,000|
|#86 - Bundoora RMIT to Waterfront City Docklands||15,500,000|
|#96 - St Kilda Beach to East Brunswick||15,400,000|
|#112 - West Preston to St Kilda*||12,300,000|
|#19 - North Coburg to City||11,400,000|
|#59 - Airport West to City||10,200,000|
* I assume the data available on Yarra Tram's website reflects statistics before the recent route split.
…finding passenger trip statistics for an 'average weekday' on trams, trains and buses in Melbourne is a convoluted and inaccurate process?
Today's strike has taken place during the middle of the day, between the peaks and it is therefore safe to say that we have avoided a proper #trampocalypse - as many on social media are calling and hashtagging it.
However, without access to readily available data on daily passenger trips on trams for more accurate predictions to be made about the effect the strike has had, reports will be vague on the subject.
Prime example: Yarra Tram's paints woefully inadequate picture of patronage numbers on its website. "There are approximately 3.5 million passenger trips taken on the Yarra Trams network every week - including more than 500,000 on weekends".
And even then things don't add up.
If we manually total the numbers in the per-route breakdown (the top six are in the table above) we're left with 179,000,000 passenger trips. And yet their statement, located just above the per-route breakdown, on "3.5 million passenger trips per week" would total 182,000,000 if we attempted to arrive at an annual figure (multiply 3.5 million by 52).
PTV's annual report from 2013-2014 states there were 176.9 million passenger trips taken on trams - there's quite a variety of numbers floating about, but no central "single source of truth" that is regularly updated to get a better picture on the state of patronage.
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