Buses vital to integrated network

Buses are a vital part of Victoria’s integrated transport system, with around 400 regular bus routes servicing metropolitan Melbourne, and local bus networks operating in more than 50 regional towns and cities.

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Victoria's Bus Plan

Victoria's Bus Plan sets out how we will start to deliver a modern, productive, environmentally sustainable bus network that increases the number of people choosing to take the bus by delivering simple, safe, reliable and comfortable journeys. 

Our plan doesn't just focus on bus network changes, it prioritises the system as a whole, bringing together opportunities across the networks, bus fleet, performance, commercial, innovation and customer experience. 

It includes actions the Government is already delivering and the reform objectives that, together with industry will provide a bus system that is more attractive and useful for all Victorians, ensuring our buses play a stronger role in a transport network critical to growing a more prosperous, more liveable and more connected Victoria.

400+ metropolitan routes, 30+ night routes, 50+ regional town networks, 125 regional intertown routes, 7000+ regional stops, 19000+ metropolitan stops, 4000+ buses, 33 metro depots, 135m+ metropolitan passengers annually, 21% of metro PT patronage, 15m regional trips per year, 5200km+ network across Victoria, 80% of urban Victorian population is within 400m of a bus stop

Zero Emission Bus Project

The Victorian Government is inviting expressions of interest in a three-year trial of zero emissions bus technologies to encourage industry collaboration and innovation in the state’s transition to a sustainable bus fleet. 

From 2025, all new buses in Victoria will be zero emissions. Achieving zero emissions across the state’s 4,000-strong bus fleet is critical to Victoria meeting its legislated commitment of zero net emissions by 2050.

As part of the Zero Emissions Bus Project, the multi-staged EOI process will lead to industry participants being selected to test operational aspects of various zero emission bus technologies across Melbourne and regional Victoria’s bus network.

The trials will answer critical questions including depot charging needs and capacity, infrastructure and energy network requirements, environmental outcomes, customer expectations, and commercial arrangements.

The State Government’s $20 million investment in the Zero Emissions Bus Project will support the Victorian economy by boosting the transport equipment, manufacturing and electricity supply sectors, driving the local development of skills and innovation, and contributing to economies with established bus manufacturers.

For more information on the EOI process, visit the Tenders Victoria website.