Melbournes NightRider doubles in popularity

By: Jason Whittaker


A record number of passengers are using Melbourne’s NightRider buses since the frequency of the popular after midnight bus link

A record number of passengers are using Melbourne’s NightRider buses since the frequency of the popular after midnight bus link service was doubled.

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky says NightRider patronage increased by 56 per cent in the last year, and is now carrying 3800 passengers every weekend.

The service makes more than 450 stops along twelve major routes between the Melbourne CBD and Bayswater, Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Croydon, Dandenong, Doncaster, Eltham, Epping, Frankston, Healesville, St Albans and Werribee – as well as a host of other suburbs on the way – providing a safe transport option for late night weekend travellers.

Since November 2008 NightRider helped more than 140,000 Melburnians to get home safely.

"This jump in patronage is a phenomenal result and demonstrates that our continued investment into late night public transport options is popular and gives passengers greater choice for when they decide to head home," Kosky says.

This year’s state budget included $500 million to further boost local bus services, as well as $290 million to expand the SmartBus network and $360 million for the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit system.

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