A new century

2001

15 October
Citadis low floor trams start operating on the tram network, on Route 109

December
Start of the scratch tickets and punch card tickets phase out program

2002

24 July
New St Vincent's Plaza interchange opened

19 August
Green W Class trams returned to service along La Trobe Street

14 October
Beacon Cove platform stop opened

2003

2 May
Box Hill extension opened.  Route 109 extended along Whitehorse Road, from Union Road to Box Hill Central

24 June
Melbourne's train, tram and bus operators announced plans to establish Metlink, a 'one stop shop' for integrated, passenger-friendly information

2004

14 April
Yarra Trams assumes responsibility for operating Melbourne's tram network in partnership with the State of Victoria

July
W class trams returned to service on routes 78 and 79 along Church and Chapel Streets

17 October
Routes 8 and 22 merge and become route 8, running from Toorak to Moreland, travelling via Lygon Street

Routes 16 and 69 merge and become route 16, running from Kew to Melbourne University via St Kilda

December
Camberwell Depot celebrates 75th anniversary

2005

4 January
Docklands Drive tram extension opened

March
Yarra Trams opens new Fleet Operations Centre in South Melbourne

May
The west end of Flinders Street closes to trams to allow for the removal of the Flinders Street overpass and construction of an intersection and platform stops at Flinders and King Streets

25 July
Vermont South Tram Extension (Knox Transit Link) opens, extending route 75 along Burwood Highway from Blackburn Road to the Vermont South Shopping Centre (over Springvale Road)

7 August
Trams return to William Street on Sundays (route 55)

27 October
Platform stop opens at Collins and Elizabeth Streets in the City

November
The west end of Flinders Street re-opens to trams, with the Flinders Street overpass removed and a new intersection at Flinders and King Streets.  Platform stops open in Flinders Street at Spencer, King and Market Streets

2006

5 February
Platform stop opens in Collins Street between Exhibition and Russell Streets, City

March
Tram services provided to hundreds of thousands of people for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

May
Yarra Trams celebrates a hundred years of electric trams in Melbourne

September
The myki ticketing system is announced

November
tramTRACKER real-time tram arrival information first available through voice and SMS

2007

23 March
Yarra Trams operates extra services to assist in the wake of a tragedy which shut one of Melbourne's busiest tunnels

26 April
Malvern becomes a greendepot. A number of environmentally friendly measures are introduced at the depot. Glenhuntly and Brunswick later join Malvern and East Preston as part of the greendepot program

3 September
Yarra Trams launches a major advertising campaign explaining the environmental benefit of using trams

14 December
Accessible stops open outside the Queen Victoria Market on Elizabeth Street

2008

28 March
Victoria's first 'wind powered' tram is introduced to the network in a partnership between Yarra Trams and Pacific Hydro

11 June
'Bumblebee' trams begin service in Melbourne on loan from the French city of Mulhouse. They are named in a public competition and are later purchased for permanent use on our network

29 July
Route 86 tram services begin operating to Waterfront City Docklands

2009

29 May
City Circle Trams began operating to Waterfront City Docklands

12 June
tramTRACKER becomes available on iPhone

21 September
Route 48 services begin operating on Collins Street and servicing the Victoria Harbour precinct of Docklands

30 November
KDR Victoria begins operating the Yarra Trams franchise

2010

May
Malvern Depot celebrates a hundred years of service to the community with a public open day

25 July
Zone 1 area extended to cover all tram lines. Zone 2 is still available for passengers who wish to travel on cheaper fares

25 July
myki is introduced for trams

18 August
The first 'Meet the Managers' session is held, allowing the public to talk directly to Yarra Trams management staff

27 October
Yarra Trams introduces 470 new services every week. The Route 82 is extended to run from first tram to last tram

2011

13 April
New network map is unveiled with each route having a distinctive colour to help passengers better find their way

24 May
The Beware The Rhino passenger safety campaign is launched

August
Route numbers are simplified with the letters A and D indicating when a tram is not making its full journey or is returning to the depot

26 October
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh make their first trip on a Melbourne tram as part of their visit to Australia

27 December
Melbourne's longest serving tram driver Lenny Bates passes away after 56 years service

2012

4 April
A themed "Dr Jake" kids stop opens outside the new Royal Children's Hospital

29 December
myki becomes the sole ticket system on metropolitan Melbourne public transport

2013

12 April
The new Domain Interchange accessible stop opens

15 April
Automated passenger information announcements are introduced to all Combino class trams

4 July
The last Metcard equipment is removed from trams

15 July
The first E-Class tram enters on-road testing

4 November
E-Class tram 6001 goes into passenger service

4 November
The first accessible stop on Elizabeth Street opens at La Trobe Street

2014

26 January
Route 75 trams redirected from Spencer Street to Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

A new terminus is opened at Victoria Harbour, adding one more stop to Collins Street

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