Posted on 20. Jul, 2010 in Clayton Update

Melbourne’s newest SmartBus route, the 902 linking Chelsea and Airport West is already Melbourne’s second busiest service since it was launched in April, Premier John Brumby said today.

Mr Brumby made the announcement at the Victorian Government’s Eltham Community Cabinet and said the service now carried 9300 passengers every week day.

“More than 235,000 trips were made on the bus service in May alone which is a fantastic result given that the service started in April, and shows the popularity of this 76 kilometre route that provides cross town connections to railway stations, shopping centres and educational facilities,” Mr Brumby said.

“The Victorian Government has delivered again on its continuing commitment to provide the best public transport network in Australia and the latest patronage figures prove that the innovative SmartBus service is a success.

“On-road priority, longer hours of operation, more frequent services and better connections to the community are just some of the reasons SmartBus Route 902 has become the second most popular bus service in Melbourne within just a few months.

“I expect passenger numbers will keep growing as more people discover that their local SmartBus service is a smarter and more convenient way to travel.”

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said the new SmartBus service provided the people of Melbourne with a high frequency premium bus service that complements the existing train and tram networks and improves public transport access and reliability.

“The new SmartBus Route 902 connects people to nine train stations, three tram routes and 14 shopping centres across Melbourne,” Mr Pakula said.

SmartBus Route 902 runs seven days a week – every 15 minutes between 6.30am and 9pm on weekdays and every 30 minutes at other times.

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the new SmartBus Route 902 running from Chelsea to Airport West via Springvale, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Nunawading, Doncaster, Eltham, Greensborough, Thomastown and Broadmeadows had delivered major improvements for people living and working in those areas.”

“The SmartBus is a great way to get across town and enables people to discover and enjoy aspects of the city outside the main rail corridors,” Mr Lim said.

“With great local bus services there are now few parts of Melbourne that are not easily accessible by public transport for local residents.

“In the Clayton electorate area, residents can also catch the SmartBus Route 903 (Mordialloc to Altona) along Warrigal Road to get to Mordialloc, Mentone and Oakleigh stations, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Holmesglen station, Box Hill Central, Doncaster Shopping Centre, Heidelberg, Essendon and Altona stations.”

“Patronage on the 903 has greatly increased since its introduction last year making it the number one premium bus service in Melbourne.”

“The third SmartBus Route travelling through the Clayton electorate is the 900 between Caulfield station and Stud Park Shopping Centre via Chadstone Shopping Centre, Oakleigh and Huntingdale stations, and Monash University.”

If you would like a timetable for any of these routes or for train travel on the Dandenong – City route, please request via the contact icon above or call my office on 9543 6081.

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