New tram route numbers for altered services and services returning to the depot: effective Sunday, 28 August 2011

Date Published: Wednesday 17 August 2011

New tram route numbers are being trialed for altered services and services returning to the depot, from Sunday, 28 August 2011.

Mysterious route numbers such as 81, 121, 77 and 92 are being phased out to encourage more passengers to catch them to their destination.

The so-called phantom routes do not appear on the network map or timetables. They are services that are necessary to get trams to and from depots or to reposition them on the network.

Rather than running these trams empty to their destination, they still pick up passengers providing extra trips above existing timetabled services.

The new route identification format for these services will feature their parent route number and the letter ‘a’ or ‘d’.

This format means passengers will know that the “phantom route” travels along a regular timetabled and mapped route but terminates short of the end of that route or detours for part of its journey.

The letter ‘d’ means the tram terminates at the ‘depot.’

The letter ‘a’ means the service is ‘altered’ and is not running the full length of the route.

If you see a letter after the route number, check the destination display to find out where the tram is going.

The main published routes (all those on the tram network map) will not be affected by this change.

A trial of these changes will start on Essendon Depot (Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale) routes.

Examples of Essendon Depot phantom routes include:

  • “Route 81” - Elizabeth Street Terminus or Essendon Depot - becomes Route 59d, Essendon Depot.  The new number and letter combination means you will know the service will travel along Route 59 which is a published route, but terminates at Essendon Depot.
  • “Route 84” to Maribyrnong River becomes 57a or 82a, Maribyrnong Park depending on which route it travels along.
  • The “Route 00” Friday short (Queen Victoria Market special) between City Road South Melbourne and Haymarket will become Route 55a, Haymarket.

You can provide feedback on the new route number online or by calling 131 638 6am – midnight daily.