Low floor trams
There are nearly 100 low floor trams on Melbourne’s tram network. The majority of services on routes 96 and 109 are low floor trams.
Routes 5, 6, 8, 48, 16 and 72 are partly serviced by low floor trams.
They make travel safer and more comfortable with colour-contrasting grab handles, step edging for people with a visual impairment and improved customer service information via automated announcements and electronic displays.
Low floor trams have two allocated spaces for passengers using wheelchairs or mobility aids. This area is inside the double-door marked with a wheelchair symbol.
For information about mobility aid specifications (including wheelchairs, scooters or motorised vehicles), see mobility aids.
Some low floor trams have buttons that alert the driver to activate the ‘bridging plate’ to bridge the gap between the tram and the platform.
On other low floor trams, a specially marked call button overrides the automatic door closing mechanism to allow passengers using wheelchairs or mobility aids extra time to enter or exit the tram. These trams also have an external door release (a blue button) to help passengers using wheelchairs.
To find out if the next tram at your stop will be a low floor tram, use tramTRACKER®. tramTRACKER® provides real-time tram arrival information by phone (IVR call cost $0.25/higher for STD/Mobiles), SMS (SMS cost $0.55) and free online at yarratrams.com.au (link opens in a new window)
High floor trams
For passengers with accessible needs, priority seats are located near the doors closest to the driver’s cabin. The location of the priority seats makes it easier to speak to the driver and get on and off the tram. Remember; only speak to the driver when the tram is stopped.
High floor trams have steps, so they are unsuitable for wheelchairs or scooters.
Accessible tram stops
There are more than 360 accessible stops across the tram network to complement low floor trams.
Accessible stops have ramps that provide improved access for mobility impaired customers, including people in wheelchairs, parents with prams and elderly people. For information about mobility aid specifications (including wheelchairs, scooters or motorised vehicles), see mobility aids.
The newest accessible stops feature pedestrian crossings with flashing amber lights and tactile paving to assist visually impaired passengers to safely cross the road, improved lighting, granite and stainless steel finishes, raised platforms with ramp access, real-time tram arrival information and glass shelters.
Selected stops in the CBD also have audio buttons which provide real-time arrival information.
Use the drop-down list below to find out which stops are accessible on your tram route.
For more information, download the 'working towards an accessible tram network' brochure.
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