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I am a young woman who has had a passion for public transport since 2009. Part of my extensive research on the topic has involved me comparing the train system in my home city of Melbourne, Australia, to networks in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
One key aspect of the interstate networks that I noticed is that all of them, in addition to warning tones, have a pre-recorded announcement on their fleet saying something like “Doors closing, please stand clear” which plays as the train is about to depart a station. Here in Melbourne, we have the warning tones, but no announcement, which I believe is contributing to the problem of some people holding doors open and generally fooling around with them. This sort of behaviour is a major cause of delays and cancellations across the system.
At the moment, Public Transport Victoria are preparing to take delivery of 65 new high capacity trains, as well as carrying out refurbishments and upgrades to older stock. This, in my opinion, would be the perfect time to upgrade the warning system by providing this very simple announcement, which could be retrofitted to the entire fleet of not just trains, but also trams. There is proof that this has worked in other cities across Australia and the world-so why not bring it here? Five simple words that could help your train/tram run on time!
This article first appeared on www.change.org
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