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Media Release – Wednesday, 27 April 2005
Much Needed Ringwood to Frankston SmartBus Welcomed
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the announcement of SmartBus services connecting Ringwood, Knox, Dandenong and Frankston.
“The PTUA has long been advocating for more frequent and longer running bus services along Stud and Frankston-Dandenong Roads. Rectifying the dire state of these bus services was a clear priority for the Outer East Branch in 2005,” PTUA Outer East Branch Convener, Alex Makin said.
The future SmartBus to be implemented by 2008, will incorporate Melbourne’s seventh most patronised bus service (route 665) which connects Ringwood, Knox, Rowville and Dandenong via Stud Road. Despite its popularity this service does not currently operate during evenings or on public holidays.
“The enthusiasm of Peter Lockwood, Member for Bayswater towards this SmartBus cannot be underestimated. As Outer East Branch Convener I was immediately impressed by Mr. Lockwood’s dedication towards the goal of securing this service,” Mr. Makin said. “Likewise the support received from Knox and Greater Dandenong Council through their proactive vision for public transport was vital”.
The SmartBus program provides significant bus improvements including 15 minute weekday frequencies and half hourly frequencies on weekends. SmartBus services operate from 6am to midnight six days a week and include traffic priority measures to ensure faster travel times.
“There is an immediate need for later weeknight and weekend services prior to 2008. This will provide an immense benefit for residents and businesses along this key bus route allowing relief against rising petrol prices and ensuring greater mobility within our outer eastern suburbs”, Mr. Makin concluded.
About the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA):
Founded in 1976, the PTUA is the recognised consumer organisation representing passengers of public transport. The PTUA is a non-profit, voluntary organisation with no political affiliation, which lobbies governments and public transport authorities in the interest of all users of public transport.
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