The PTUA Outer East Branch meeting is currently held on the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting for June however, consisted of a forum to discuss the opportunities that exist due to the expiration of the existing Metropolitan bus contracts in 2007.
The new contracts and the possibly of an improved funding arrangements from the State Government would finally ensure a comprehensive, frequent and readily accessible bus network that the people of Melbourne both deserve and require.
Just $60 million per annum (this figure excludes any increased revenue) is required to provide a bus network that will ensure improved patronage and the realisation of increased public transport modal share, through providing a frequent network of bus services.
To help stimulate discussion on the issue of bus route reform and the new bus contacts the PTUA Outer East Branch organised a round-table workshop consisting of the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS), Environment Victoria (EV), local council representatives and bus operators.
A cohesive approach is required to ensure that the two-thirds of Melbourne currently without readily available public transport will finally be provided with services that inspire confidence in Melbourne’s public transport network.
The future potential for patronage growth in public transport will depend on improving bus service operating spans and frequencies.