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Standing room only
It emerges that Melbourne's tram operators have come up with an innovative way of dealing with overcrowding: removing seats from trams
to create more standing room; this will be no surprise to anybody who has had the misfortune of having to ride on one of the slick, much-hyped new Citadis trams at any remotely busy time.
Of course, there are sheds of mothballed trams waiting to be pressed into service to alleviate the load, but that would cost more and cut into profits. Besides which, beggars can't be choosers, and if you want a seat, you can bloody well buy a car or catch a taxi.
Of course, if public transport is run as a safety-net service for the carless poor, anyone who has a choice will avoid it, and the system will decline.
Which makes one wonder whether Yarra Trams have been bought by a car company with the intention of dismantling Melbourne's tram system.
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