Melbourne celebrates a solar-powered milestone

By: Jason Whittaker


The city of Melbourne has been equipped with its 200th solar-powered bus shelter. Bus passengers in Spotswood can now enjoy a

The city of Melbourne has been equipped with its 200th solar-powered bus shelter.

Bus passengers in Spotswood can now enjoy a safer and more environmentally friendly wait for the bus, thanks to a solar energy upgrade to a local bus stop.

Minister for Public Transport Lynne Kosky says the government has ordered another 100 solar shelters to be installed in the coming year.

Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan says the improvements will be of great benefit to the residents that use the bus stop.

"The upgraded bus stop now has a new bus shelter, hard stand area and tactile ground surface indicators on the pavement," he says.

"And I’m sure bus passengers will welcome the green features of this bus stop too."

The refurbished bus stop also complements service upgrades introduced in June 2007 as a result of the Hobsons Bay/ Maribyrnong/Moonee Valley bus service review.

"Since we extended the operating hours of local bus routes last year, patronage has increased by 20 percent," Noonan says.

"Being able to catch a bus until 9pm every day makes it easier than ever for residents to use public transport to keep an appointment, meet with friends or connect to trains."

Kosky says the State Government will continue to invest in local bus services with $500 million dedicated to local bus upgrades through the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan.

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