Bus patronage in Ballarat is booming, with hundreds of extra passengers every day following Victorian Government investment
Bus patronage in Ballarat is booming, attracting hundreds of extra passengers every day since the Victorian Government delivered more frequent, reliable and direct services earlier this year.
New data shows an average of 5768 passengers used Ballarat’s bus network every weekday in August – up 15.6 per cent from the same time last year.
Ballarat’s bigger, better bus network commenced in January, as part of the Victorian Government’s $100 million investment in better bus services for passengers across Victoria.
Ballarat passengers now have faster and more direct services, with the simpler network of 15 routes operating more often across weekdays and weekends, giving locals better connections to trains and key destinations.
“These numbers show local passengers are getting on board with Ballarat’s bigger, better bus network,” Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says.
“We’re investing in the bus services and facilities Ballarat passengers need to get home safer and sooner.”
“These positive results show our investment in local bus services is working, and we’ll keep monitoring usage to ensure they continue to meet the needs of passengers in Ballarat,” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight says.
Better bus facilities for Ballarat are also in the pipeline with construction of the new $5 million bus interchange at the revamped Ballarat Station Precinct to kick off next year.
The new interchange will bring local buses even closer to Ballarat Station – making it easier for passengers to access the train station and Ballarat CBD.
The redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct also includes upgrading the heritage listed Goods Shed, a new state of the art convention and events centre, a Quest Apartment Hotel, shops, restaurants and a new public plaza.
Eighteen extra train services a week were added to the Ballarat line in August, giving passengers more weekday evening and weekend services than ever before.
Ballarat passengers will also benefit from the Victorian Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Rail Revival, including $518 million for the Ballarat Line upgrade, which will deliver more frequent and reliable services for Melbourne’s outer-west.
Above: Ballarat is experiencing a boom in bus patronage following government investment