A new bus network has been launched in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat
A new bus network that replaces the 19 existing routes with 15 more direct and frequent services has been launched in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat.
CDC Victoria (owned by parent company ComfortDelGro) transferred 14 new Volgren buses from Melbourne to CDC Ballarat, which will be used on the new network.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight in Ballarat to mark the occasion.
The move is part of the Victorian Government’s $100 million investment in better bus services.
“We’re delivering more trains and more buses right now, and investing more than half a billion dollars to run even more frequent, reliable services in the future,” Allan says.
Many of the routes cover the same area as two or more former routes, meaning better coverage and bus connections to key locations where buses don’t currently run, such as Federation University Mount Helen campus, developing areas of Alfredton and Delacombe and north of the freeway at Brown Hill.
There will be more services on the weekend. Almost all the routes converge at Ballarat Station, making it quicker and easier to get the train and get home at the end of the day.
Eighty extra regional train services are the first of more than 170 due to be introduced statewide as part of the Victorian Budget 2016-17.
The Budget included $1.3 billion for better regional public transport, including $198 million to rebuild V/Line, $257 million for new train carriages, and $518 million for the Ballarat line upgrade.