ROUTE 703 TO BE UPGRADED TO SMARTBUS STANDARD

ROUTE 703 TO BE UPGRADED TO SMARTBUS STANDARD

Posted on 11. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

Clayton electorate families will benefit from a re-elected Brumby Labor Government investment to improve Victoria’s public transport system.

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said Labor would invest $6.4 million to upgrade the popular Route 703 (Middle Brighton – Blackburn via Bentleigh, Clayton and Monash University) to SmartBus standard.

“The Brumby Labor Government is delivering crucial transport upgrades to keep Melbourne communities connected and keeping the economy moving, giving families more time to do what they enjoy,” Hong Lim said.

“Route 703 will be upgraded to operate as a full SmartBus service, running seven days a week, on average every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays. The hours of operation will span 5am to midnight on weekdays.

“This upgraded service will deliver major improvements for people living and working in these areas, by providing frequent cross-town connections over longer operating hours to five train stations, local bus routes, Monash University, several shopping centres, schools, hospitals and sports facilities.”

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said that SmartBus has become the most popular bus service in Melbourne, with Smart Bus patronage up 20 percent to almost 12 million trips in 2009.

“It is two years since we released the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan and already there are more than $10 billion worth of projects under construction or being rolled out,’’ Mr Pakula said.

“Fourteen of our 38 new X’Trapolis trains are now in service providing capacity for another 20,000 passengers in the morning and evening peaks.

“We have placed an order for 50 new trams and are delivering 270 low floor buses, in addition to providing hundreds of extra weekly train services to help people get to where they need to be.”

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