VIDEO: Will you stand for it?
HERALD SUN 2 JUN: Transport department bureaucrats believe commuters will tolerate standing for that long so long as it is an express train.
Standing for 45 minutes would mean no seat from the city on trains to Carrum, Boronia, Mooroolbark, Dandenong, Glen Waverley, Eltham or Werribee.
The report, obtained by the State Opposition, also says it was assumed passengers needed just 40cm x 40cm of space.
That is about one and a half times the space of a single Herald Sun page.
The department's Initial Strategic Operations Plan, dated July last year, was a key document used during the process of choosing Metro as Melbourne's new train operator.
It says: "Surveys in recent years have shown increasing numbers of peak trains with loads in excess of 1000 passengers.
"Experience in Melbourne and observations in other jurisdictions have shown passengers are prepared to stand on express services for 45 minutes. On 'all stations' services (they will stand) for shorter periods (of) up to 25 minutes."
Government sources sought to distance themselves from the report last night, blaming the words on out-of-touch bureaucrats, adding it was never seen by ministers.
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