Network improvements speed up SmartBus travel times

By: Jason Whittaker


Bus priority road works near Heidelberg train station in Victoria have been completed, improving the circuit time of the new

Bus priority road works near Heidelberg train station in Victoria have been completed, improving the circuit time of the new SmartBus Route 903.

Victorian Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky says new traffic signals and a dedicated right-turn lane at the intersection of Burgundy Street and Mount Street are now complete.

SmartBus Route 903 travels via Heidelberg train station.

The Route 903 started in April and runs over 86 kilometres through Melbourne’s suburbs from Mordialloc to Altona via Mentone, Oakleigh, Box Hill, Doncaster, Heidelberg, Preston, Coburg, Keilor East, Essendon, Sunshine and Altona.

The high-frequency bus service arrives every 15 minutes during peak periods. Kosky says the new Route 903 SmartBus now carries more than 16,000 people every weekday.

"In just a few months of service, we have already seen a 37 per cent increase in weekday usage along this route," she says. "That makes this SmartBus service the most popular bus route in Melbourne."

Victorian Transport Plan has committed $290 million to growing the SmartBus network across Melbourne.

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