The Melbourne Metro is in the midst of an ambitious overhaul to prepare for a more crowded population, with a series of bus schedules inside the city centre to help accommodate the influx of new residents.
Key points:The Metro’s bus schedules are in the process of being updated and rolled out to the publicThis will include a bus route outside of CBDs to ease congestionThe new schedule will help ensure new arrivals can get to their destination quicklyMetro’s first bus service, the Melbourne-Perth Metro, will offer a bus service from the Westfield shopping precinct to the University of Melbourne in the heart of the CBD, and back again.
It will also be a bus ride between the University and the CBD from the suburbs of Parramatta, Bondi, and Wollongong.
The new bus service is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Metro says the schedule will ensure people in the CBD can get their daily commute to work and the university.
The network will also see bus routes in the inner suburbs of Caulfield, Tampines, Gippsland and Melbourne, as well as from Melbourne’s west to Southbank and from Southbank to the CBD.
“This is the next step in Metro’s vision to build a network of affordable and reliable public transport services in Melbourne,” Metro CEO Paul McBride said.
“The new schedules will allow us to provide the service to our customers faster and more conveniently, with fewer trips required.”
We’re also making significant improvements to the way we operate and provide better service to people who choose to travel by bus.
“Metro has spent $400 million upgrading the network to provide more space for buses, a wider route network and increased capacity.
In February, Metro’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, David Cunliffe, said the Metro would offer free bus travel to residents in the suburbs, while free bus rides from the CBD to other areas were to be extended.
The plan is to have the bus service in place by the time the new buses start operating in 2020.”
There will be a number of routes that will continue to operate, including the Western Flinders and CBD routes,” Mr McBride explained.”
These routes will be part of the expanded network to improve bus travel from the city to the suburbs and the inner north-west.
“It’s important to remember that these routes are only part of Metro’s journey and are not part of this new service.”
However, it is important to note that the new routes are part of a network that will also provide services to some of the inner cities.
“The first service will be the Melbourne Metro’s first in the West End, which will be opened from 10am to 7pm every day.
It’s hoped the service will also give a boost to the region’s night-time economy, as it will be easier to get to work in the evening and night time.”
As part of our commitment to the community, we are looking to extend night-only services,” Mr Cunlsiffe said.
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