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Melbourne Bus Routes

Martin Mankowski's picture

Hooray!! Good to see the bus network has not totally been forgotten...


Public Transport Victoria plans to expand cross-town buses

March 18, 2014

A network of more than 30 bus routes running every 10 minutes would criss-cross much of Melbourne within less than a decade under ambitious plans produced by Public Transport Victoria. The state's public transport authority wants to drastically boost bus services in the suburbs, particularly the outer growth areas, to keep pace with Melbourne's rapid population growth and sprawl. Under the plan, Melbourne would have 35 so-called ''SmartBus'' routes by 2021, running every 10 minutes along direct routes between busy urban hubs such as shopping centres and railway stations. There are currently nine SmartBus routes in Melbourne that run at 15-minute frequencies, including four between the city and Doncaster and three that orbit the middle and outer suburbs.


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Alastair Taylor's picture

SMRTBus routes are fine but what about the rest of them?

Clean slate is what's needed.

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Llib's picture

From the article this reminds me of the times when I am driving in the fringe areas of Melbourne beyond the outer suburbs and I see bus stops next to a road which serves a clump of trees next to a paddock. I am assuming many of these services are hourly and are there just for political reasons. If we could cut these services and use these buses to increase the frequency of middle and outer suburban routes, that would be a much better outcome for very little cost as compared to level crossing removals, metros and other projects.

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johnproctor's picture

Took a couple of photos of recent works on Victoria Street that are associated with the bus lane project underway.

corners of Gisborne Street and Nicholson Street small (2m) kerb extensions on the opposite side of the intersection from right turn/u-turn lanes... they have done a similar thing at Wellington Street as well.

Also some minor widenings (about 1m) for right turn lanes into Clarendon Street and Nicholson Street unsure if there are others down the road.

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