Saturday, February 15, 2014

Melbourne at First Sight

It's been two weeks that we have arrived in Melbourne. Melbourne isn't very different from large cities in the U.S. In fact, to me it's a combination of Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami. It's a sprawled city with great public transportation and biking infrastructure with beautiful beaches. The public transport in Melbourne consists of three main types/modes: trains, trams, and buses. The tram network is huge. The train network is radially shaped, just like Chicago with a city loop. It's very hard to get from a suburb to another suburb with public transit though. There seems to be numerous opportunities for research. Just like New York in the U.S., Melbourne is a live transportation research laboratory in Australia.