Glenhuntly and Truganini road track and overhead upgrade
Construction of new platform stops on St Kilda Rd - 11 June to early August 2015
Tram routes changed, abolished in shake-up to ease congestion
Moonee Ponds tram upgrade project
New accessible tram stop for Route 1 & 8 passengers
Toorak Terminus tram upgrade project
Record tram performance in 2014
May 2015 performance results
Your new Jolimont/MCG tram stop
When Mike boarded a train from Ringwood to the city in late February, he counted five of the 20 people on his carriage without masks.
He said it made him feel unsafe.
"The people not wearing the mask weren't realising that the mask is to protect me from them," he said.
"You know, they have their personal freedom and they don't care if they catch COVID, but they're the people most likely to be catching it and spreading it."
As a healthcare worker, Mike is frustrated that while his colleagues are wearing masks across an entire working shift, some people are still baulking at masking up for a train ride.
His observation has been borne out in new Department of Transport compliance data that found 23 per cent of Victorian train passengers were not wearing a mask in March.
That marked a steep increase from just 7 per cent in November last year.
The figures also revealed train mask compliance in the afternoon and evening has slipped from 89 per cent during November-December to 68 per cent in January-March.
Compliance on trains during the morning peak fell from 86 per cent to 74 per cent over the same period.
'Masking up' should be priority for all commutersPublic Transport Minister Ben Carroll said he was "concerned" by the figures.
"We know it's an airborne virus, it's why the Chief Health Officer has mandated the wearing of masks on public transport," he said.
"All Victorians on public transport should be masking up."
Mr Carroll said he expected masks would remain mandatory on public transport for some time.(ABC News: Kyle Harley
)The data was collected by staggered observations of passengers over the train and tram network.
It showed relatively stable overall mask compliance on trams during the morning and daytime, but a sharp drop in the afternoons and evenings from 83 per cent to 65 per cent.
The number of people wearing a mask incorrectly on trains rose slightly from 5 per cent in November to 9 per cent in March.
Mike wants to see more education from state and federal governments on the correct way to wear a mask to end the trend of "nose breathers" who wear them under the nostrils.
"With pictures and video ads to show people what nose breathing actually does, it does nothing," he said.
Extra cleaning is being done across Victoria's public transport network during the pandemic.(Supplied: Metro Trains
)Mr Carroll said he believed many Victorians may simply be forgetting their mask and the government was looking at ways to reinforce the right messages.
He said the government would prefer not to go down a "heavy-handed approach" of enforcement and was more focused on educating the community.
The Minister said he hoped Victorians would eventually develop a similar mindset to other communities like Hong Kong, where mask-wearing is commonplace on public transport.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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