New travel patterns and places
Deliver a people-focused system that enhances communities with sustainable new travel patterns, public and active transport and shared mobility services.
CPVV disability awareness campaign - Launched in December 2021, CPVV’s three-month disability awareness campaign ‘You make the difference’ was aimed at changing the behaviour of drivers transporting those with a disability. The campaign included social media, street signage, magazines and news outlets generating over five million impressions.
Demand responsive transport (FlexiRide) trials - FlexiRide bus services were introduced in Chirnside Park, Lilydale, Mooroolbark and Croydon, in Melton South, and as a trial in the Rosebud area. These demand-responsive weekday services have no fixed route..
Night Bus services - In September 2021, new Night Bus services commenced. A combination of 24-Hour weekend operations on selected existing regular routes are supplemented with bespoke Night Bus routes, facilitating cost efficiency whilst also increasing coverage and reducing overlaps with Night Train and Night Tram services.
PTV website - We improved the layout of key journey information screens on the PTV website and app to make journey planning and tracking easier. In March 2022, PTV digital channel use exceeded pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels despite lower public transport patronage.
RideSpace - RideSpace now includes real-time occupancy and departure information for Melbourne’s 11 busiest bus routes, with more under development. The data is incorporated into Google Maps, Apple Maps, Uber, arevo, Moovit, AnyTrip, Citymapper, NextThere, TripGo, TripViewLite and Transit apps, with more to be added.
Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) - $9.3 billion will go towards major works on SRL East to deliver 26-kilometre twin rail tunnels and six underground stations between Cheltenham and Box Hill. The funding will also include investment in new community projects and initiatives in the broader areas around the stations.
Supporting active transport - The Victorian Government continues to encourage active transport participation across Victoria, building on investments including the 100-kilometre pop-up bicycle lane program, St Kilda Road bike lanes and delivery of the TAC’s Safer Cyclist and Pedestrian Fund.
As Victorians return to pre-COVID-19 activities, walking and bike riding continue to be popular for short trips and longer single or multi-destination journeys. In 2021, trips by active means were above pre-COVID-19 levels. Recreational trips were up 50 per cent on pre-pandemic levels.
Transport precincts –
In 2021-22, the Department, in collaboration with the Victorian Planning Authority, undertook community consultation and a panel process to consider the proposed new planning scheme amendment to revitalise 44.6 hectares of industrial land in inner Melbourne. This important step will assist with future development of the precinct.
In November 2021, the Department released its Sunshine precinct opportunity statement, which sets the long-term vision, goals and objectives for the precinct. DoT has begun planning for the Albion precinct and preparing the economic strategy for the Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster.
The Victorian Government has invested $200,000 to complete the Williamstown Maritime Precinct Framework designed around the needs of those who use the area and to create a vision for the precinct whilst remaining true to its legacy as a heritage port.
DoT worked with community, industry, government, traditional owners and the local council to develop this framework which identifies opportunities to guide future use and development of the precinct underpinned by a series of strategic directions and precinct options.