New melbourne metro railway map

 
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
released for discussion by metro.

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  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
I like it, it's simple and clearly outlines each group of lines.

True, it's not utterly geographically accurate, but neither is the London underground map which is the most successful and popular transport map in world history.
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
A concise indicator of train services emanating from Melbourne.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
The title is misleading, because it does not show any freight lines.  It is not a map of the Victorian rail network - it should say "Victorian Passenger rail network".
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The title is misleading, because it does not show any freight lines. It is not a map of the Victorian rail network - it should say "Victorian Passenger rail network".
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The Title has now been updated.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Plotting both metro and regional stations is excessive.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
I know that bumping threads is rather frowned upon, but sometimes I think a bump is better than a whole new thread.

The 2014 map is reportedly to be rolled out from January next year. Presumably it will have been updated with the Operational RRL and Caroline Springs Station, as well as some of the improvements people have suggested (changes to the way East Richmond is shown comes to mind as a piece of feedback they were going to take on board).

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

still showing the city circle service?
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
It's obviously still the old draft map as it shows the Tarneit line as "under construction".

But showing different lines in different colours is useful as most casual users don't know which trains travel via the loop and which don't. As I sometimes board trains at Parliament, now I will easily know that if I want to get a train on say, the Waverley line, I will need to change.
  slowcoach Locomotive Driver

They'll have to update it soon with the upcoming Southland Station (2017), Mernda rail extension (2019) and Melbourne Metro (2026).
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I wonder if this means that the lines might start to be colour coded, as they are in other places (e.g. Syd)
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
I wonder if this means that the lines might start to be colour coded, as they are in other places (e.g. Syd)
james.au
They already are, using these colours in fact, in places like the PTV Live Travel Updates page, which also appears at some stations on a TV Screen.

https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/live-travel-updates

If they do go for a full colour coding it should hopefully make things easier to navigate, but it might be hard with platforms that move around from time to time, like at Flinders Street, or even North Melbourne on the weekend compared to weekdays.
  steve195 Train Controller

I wonder if this means that the lines might start to be colour coded, as they are in other places (e.g. Syd)
james.au
The network status boards installed at stations on the Frankston line use the same colour code. As does the PTV website.
Baby steps.

EDIT: What TOQ-1 said above.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.

still showing the city circle service?
bevans
No. The dotted purple line represents the Werribee/Frankston weekend stopping pattern.
  loopy Locomotive Driver

Also to add on to what slowcoach said, they're gonna have to add Caroline Springs [2017] station too
  calt Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I don't mind it- but they should keep displayed lines to myki ticketed areas only, otherwise the detail in the map is too tiny/unclear.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Original criticism still applies.  It's not the "Victorian rail network", as the heading says, it's the "Victorian passenger rail network".   Various freight lines, such as Shepparton-Tocumwal, Toolamba-Echuca, Maryborough-Mildura, are not shown.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I love how both Sydney and Melbourne always compare their networks to London and New York and never mention the other!!  The colours here look just like Sydney (though to be fair they look like most metros) but the article doesnt go anywhere near mentioning that similarity!  States....
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I'd like to thank the Age for correcting an error in my thinking - apparently Castlemaine is in Melbourne and not Regional Victoria as I was led to believe!

BG
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
I know that the designers who produced this new map had the best will in the world, and showing different lines in different colours is certainly an improvement over the confusing old yellow and blue map. But by trying to cram as much as possible in, including rural trains, it looks a bit cluttered and it is not as easy to read and interpret as it could have been.

If they really wanted to include rural passenger lines (which are of no relevance to suburban commuters the map is designed for), they might have included the rural lines as a smaller inset at the bottom, but only showing the major towns rather than every minor hamlet that has a railway platform. (Yes, I'm thinking about you Talbot and Pyramid Hill.)

While it's useful that they show Skybus as a "skinny grey line", I'm relieved that they decided not to also show trams and buses in their sincere but misguided desire to cram as much as possible onto the map.
  doyle Junior Train Controller

And now for a better tram map
  doyle Junior Train Controller

Three maps are needed
Metropolitan rail
Regional rail
And
Tram network
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
I think it would look a not neater if they went for the square shape it was in the original draft. All the long distance V/Line trains have been squashed in a little too much. Even if it only went to the end of Myki I think it would look much better.

But definitely 13 steps forward, 8 more to go.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I cannot see anything diabolically wrong with the map although a 'courtesy' reference to Puffing Billy would be a help to tourists and visitors to Melbourne.
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