How buses can better connect Melbourne
Infrastructure Victoria’s research report into Melbourne’s bus network has found that the city needs a fast, fair and better-connected bus network. This is especially true for under-serviced outer growth areas.
The report builds on previous research conducted over 2 years into the challenges and opportunities for Melbourne’s bus network. It includes one of the largest ever studies of community attitudes to buses.
Comprehensive reform of the network will give more people access to good public transport. It will help reduce traffic congestion and cut Victoria’s transport emissions.
Our report makes 10 recommendations to the Victorian Government to prioritise actions and investment within 5 years
- Increase the frequency of bus services, beginning with outer and growth area suburbs.
- Optimise the bus network through fast and direct routes.
- Extend operating hours to match passenger demand and improve timetable integration.
- Strengthen the role of community transport.
- Speed up buses through on-road priority and smarter technology.
- Plan and deliver bus rapid transit across Melbourne.
- Improve the bus stop and interchange experience.
- Substantially reduce bus fares relative to other modes.
- Update the Principal Public Transport Network to align it with existing and future mass transit bus routes to be delivered through Victoria’s bus plan.
- Provide funding certainty for growth area buses.