Buses vital to integrated network
Buses are a vital part of Victoria’s integrated transport system, with around 350 regular bus routes servicing Melbourne.
We are buying new buses, adding new routes or adjusting old ones and overhauling contracts with operators to make bus travel better for passengers.
We are greening the fleet by introducing hybrid technology on 50 new buses in Wyndham, Oakleigh and Sunshine to reduce emissions.
The new buses will be phased into the CDC fleet over the next three years.
They are Euro 6 emission standard, the highest and cleanest for commercial vehicles worldwide. Low floor layouts will make it easier for passengers to get on and off.
We are also spending $16 million over two years to buy 100 new buses to replace the ageing state-owned bus fleet used on routes currently operated by Transdev.
The company runs 47 routes, or about a third of Melbourne’s bus network, including 120 school buses, seven orbital SmartBus routes and other buses that connect people to neighbouring suburbs, train stations, the CBD, shopping centres and sports grounds.
The Government has overhauled the contracts with the operators that run the remaining 70 per cent of Melbourne’s bus network.
The contracts, which started on 1 July 2018, will run for 10 years if the operators meet strict performance targets.
The 2018-19 State Budget allocated more than $50 million for better bus services in Moorabbin, Northland, Werribee, Niddrie, Victoria Park and between Carrum Downs and Cranbourne.
A further $22.2 million has also been allocated to improve regional bus services and infrastructure.
After decades of decline, bus patronage in Melbourne grew by 2.5 per cent in 2018 (to 116 million passenger trips in the year to September).
More than 12 million trips were taken on regional buses and contracts with regional operators are also being renegotiated.