Kinetic kicks off

Melbourne-based public transport company Kinetic is now running 50 of the city’s public bus routes after being awarded the Melbourne Bus Franchise contract in October last year.

While passengers may notice their bus driver is wearing a different uniform, there will be no changes to their regular service, with routes and timetables remaining the same.

State-owned buses and network infrastructure such as bus depots have also been transferred to Kinetic.

Customers can contact Kinetic on (03) 9492 2200 or submit a lost property query on their website

For service updates, including disruptions, passengers can visit ptv.vic.gov.au or use the PTV app.

The contract with Kinetic will deliver an uplift in operational performance, greater reliability, better customer outcomes and increased cleaning.

Kinetic will also jump-start the Victorian Government’s transition to a zero-emission bus fleet by introducing 36 fully electric buses to the network by 2025, including five by June this year.

More than half of the franchise fleet, 341 of the 531 buses, will be replaced with low or zero-emission vehicles over the term of the franchise.

The new environmentally friendly electric and hybrid buses will be made at Volgren’s Dandenong South facility, supporting jobs, boosting the local economy and helping to build Victoria’s engineering, design and manufacturing expertise in these emerging technologies.

A minimum fleet target of 60 per cent local content will apply to the electric and hybrid buses.

The Department of Transport would like to thank Transdev for supporting the state in providing a safe and reliable bus network over the past nine years and for ensuring a smooth transition to Kinetic for both employees and passengers.