The bus network is vital for our state. According to Public Transport Victoria’s annual report for 2016-2017; metropolitan bus services carried 118 million passengers. The bus network offers route flexibility where heavy rail and tram networks are not viable. Bus networks help to ease congestion on Victoria’s roads. We propose that the following issues be addressed to improve the bus networks across Victoria.
- Following the scheduled buses replacement scheme, from 2022 new vehicles for the the Bus Fleet in Melbourne should either be Hybrid or Electric Vehicles. With the main goal to achieve a full electric vehicles fleet by 2026.
- A full review of the bus services in the outer suburbs of Melbourne should be conducted, to plan and implement much needed improvements.
- Where needed, additional investment in bus services should be considered; to ensure the needs of the travelling public are fully met for the first and last mile of their travel.
High capacity bus services should be a priority where access to rail or tram services is not possible.