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Melbourne's trams survived a concerted blitz by the motoring lobby in the 1960s to rid Australia of its trams. All the the other major cities in Australia, bar Melbourne, were persuaded that trams were an unnecessary clutter to the motoring public. Unfortunately, the congestion of the 80s and 90s came too late for the powers that be to learn the basic rule of transport: the heavier and more dedicated the mode of transport, the more efficient it is.
So while for some 30 years Melbourne was laughed at by other states for its trams, now the smiles are on the other side, for all cities are regretting their short-sighted actions, and some have gone so far as to start reinstalling light rail (e.g., Sydney). The Melbourne tram network is second-to-none in the world, with over 220 route kilometres of track.
See also David Hoadley's comprehensive page on Melbourne's tram system, and the very useful tram data at VicSig's Tram Page
Enjoyed this page? Then why not visit David Hoadley's "Trams of Australia" page?
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