Melbourne, June 2003
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I think one is asking for trouble if one stands or loiters in the middle of
the road in any city, especially when there is no island or road divider.
But if you want to take a tram in Melbourne, that is exactly what you would
have to do. The roofless tram (not bus) stop is right in the middle of the
road, and that is where you have to stand waiting for the tram.
It is very unnerving for anyone using the Melbourne tram for the first
time. The space between the short stretch of rail fence, two and a half
feet in height, (which is erected along the centre of the road), and a
stopping tram, is no more than 4 feet (wide). Newcomers tend to lean
backward to the rail fence as the tram approaches, but the locals would
stand so close to the approaching tram that you think they want to be
Visitors also find it strange that the doors of a tram car will open
automatically when the tram stops at a traffic light, during which time
passengers may step up on or disembark from the tram.
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Revised 3 July 2003