15 October

Good news! The City Loop now has phone reception. Here are five ways to celebrate

City Loop train

Twelve kilometres. That’s the length of the network of tunnels in which Melbourne’s commuters weren’t able to text, call, tweet, ‘gram, browse the internet or watch YouTube videos. Until now. You can get a lot done from Southern Cross to Flinders; tick these off on your ride home tonight.

1. Meet someone on a dating app and set up a date
Celebrate your newfound connectivity by connecting with a prospective squeeze. Tinder, Grindr, whatever – get on there and find out whether they’re more of a Belgrave/Lilydale or a Craigieburn type.

2. Tweet something stupid that you overhear
Now that the mighty mX has fallen, you’ll have to look elsewhere for your embarrassing commuter gaffes. Listen carefully for the moment when you can take someone’s conversation out of context (or, hell, just make something up yourself, no one will ever know); then stifle your laughter as you punch out their unfortunate comment in 140 characters or less.… Read more

15 September

Melbourne Bike Cabs introduced


Green cabs have hit the streets of Melbourne’s inner city suburbs this week. What do we mean by green cabs? We mean bike taxis, cycle cabs or rickshaws. Whatever term you prefer to use, Melbourne Bike Cabs are now pedalling around the city’s inner velodrome.

The brains (or gears) behind Bike Cabs are Tim Collins and Stephen Mushin. Tim is a high profile industrial designer and Stephen is an eminent Melbourne artist, who explores ecologically sustainable options for a more viable future. These boys clearly have an understanding of all things design and environmental, so it makes sense that they tandem up for Melbourne Bike Cabs.

The premise behind Bike Cabs is to reduce CBD congestion and provide a fun, clean and green approach to inner city commuting. In addition, it has the potential to be a quicker alternative to catching a cab, tram or train. This start-up is in its infancy, but the boys hope to use crowd funding via Pozible to build the business up from two to four bike cabs.… Read more

18 July

Artists announced for 2014 Melbourne Art Tram series

Melbourne Art Tram

Melbourne’s streets are about to get a lot more colourful now that eight new Victorian artists have been chosen to have their work featured on trams all across the network.

It’s basically a moving exhibition that you can admire on your way to work – or feel part of as you roll into the city on one of the one-of-a-kind wonders.

Melbourne Art Trams was initiated last year as part of Melbourne Festival, and takes inspiration from Transport Art – a project that ran from 1978­-1993  that saw 36 trams revamped by renowned Australian artists.

The eight artworks (chosen from 150 proposals) showcase a diverse range of themes that creatively reflect our state’s identity. James Cattell’s Melbourne’s Dreamscape captures the city’s gothic architectural landscape with imagery from the Manchester Unity Building, the State Library and the Shrine of Remembrance, and landscape painter Jeff Makin’s design takes commuters on routes 11 and 86 to the Victorian landscape with a rustic depiction of the Grampians region.… Read more

19 December

Melbourne has a Captain Kirk of trams, keeps log, is wonderful

Captain Kirk of Melbourne trams

Melbourne, as you’re ramping up to Christmas and giving thanks to your colleagues, friends and total strangers in random acts of chardonnay-fueled  goodwill, make sure you spare a thought for sand.  It turns out we owe our grainy friend a lot. If you have ever voyaged on the good ship Public Transport in Melbourne, you may have at times noticed that sand fills sections of the walls of our trams. Being the edgy city this is, we’ve long thought those clear panels were some kind of art installation.  But a quick Google reveals two things:

1) We are wrong

2) Melbourne has one of the most surprisingly joy-giving blogs dedicated to tramlife you’ve ever seen.

melbournetramdriver.blogspot.com.au enthusiastically explains all the things about trams (and douchebags with umbrellas and the horror of working on New Year’s Eve) that you never knew you really want to know about.

It’s mesmerising. That sand, for example, turns out to be a delightfully antiquated mechanism for helping trams not kill us all in wet weather.… Read more

18 October

Melbourne’s most-loved mode of transport goes disco

Sunday November 24 will see three trams transform into afro-tropical musical havens for Melbourne Music Week. Three radio jockeys will be hosting the mini moving music festivals. Trams will depart simultaneously from the Espy, Howler and Corner Hotel for a one-hour moving party around the city, with their final stop at MMW’s hub, the Residence.

Entry is free but registration is essential.

Red Bull Music Academy Tram Jam, Sunday November 24Read more