The double-track line is 2. This is followed by the 1. The planned opening date has already been postponed several times.
Byall cable and horse tram lines had been abandoned or converted to either electric tram or bus operation.
Alex Cameron was its full-time chairman. Under Cameron, the MMTB brought these systems under its control, extending the electric lines, and converting the existing cable-system to electric traction. He returned next year confirmed in his long-held opinions that electric trams were superior to buses and that overhead wires were preferable to the underground conduit cable system.
Alex Cameron remained chairman there until He died a few years later inthe same year the last of the cable tram services in Melbourne ended. However, in Melbourne, the Bourke Street buses were replaced by trams inand new lines opened to East Preston and Brunswick East. By the s Melbourne was the only Australian city with a major tram network.
Also, the infrastructure and vehicles were relatively new, having replaced Cable Tram equipment in only the s—s. This destroyed the argument used by many other cities, which was that renewal of the tram system would cost more than replacing it with buses. The first tram line extension in over twenty years took place inalong Burwood Highway.
The W-class trams were gradually replaced by the new Z-class trams in the s, and by the A-class trams and the larger, articulated B-class trams in the s.
Inthe controversial Lonie Report recommended the closure of seven tram lines.
Public protests and union action resulted in the closures not being carried out. The MTA was formed to co-ordinate and operate the Melbourne public transport system, during —87 an integration of rail, tram and bus divisions took place, with the operations, maintenance and administration of these departments fully integrated by 11 April This reduced tram bunching and improved reliability of tram services.
In Januarythe Labor government of Premier John Cain tried to introduce economies into the running of the public transport system, including the removal of tram conductors. This provoked a long and crippling strike by the tramways union in Januaryresulting in a back-down by the government and the retention of conductors.
OneLink were contracted in to introduce an automatic ticketing system. The tramway union, which opposed this move, went on strike during the Grand Prix. One month later the government announced plans for privatisation of the PTC.
The contract is for eight years with an option for a further seven years.
Yarra Trams As a part of the privatisation process, franchise contracts between the state government and both private operators included obligations to extend and modernise the Melbourne tram network. This included acquiring new tram rolling stock, in addition the existing tram fleet was refurbished.
The trams will be 33 metres long and have a capacity of passengers and are due to be in service in In — year—when the tram system was privatised—patronage was Horse trams. Melbourne's first tram was a horse tram from Fairfield railway station to a real estate development in Thornbury; it opened on 20 December , and was closed by Seven horse tramlines operated in Melbourne, three were built by the Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company (MTOC), while the other four were built by different .
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