School bus seats seniors

A Victorian school bus service will seat seniors as part of a new trial: Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder

School bus seats seniors
VIC school bus to seat seniors
May 21, 2013

A Victorian school bus service will seat seniors as part of a new trial starting Monday.

Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder has
announced a school bus service from Deans Marsh to Colac will now open its spare seats to student and senior concession card holders on a trial basis.

Mulder says the initiative – operating on school days only – will improve transport options for Deans Marsh and Birregurra residents wanting to connect to Colac.

"It’s a great way for people without a car to have other transport options," Mulder says in a statement.

Mulder says the state’s government has worked closely with the local schools and the bus service operator to develop the trial.

He says about fifteen spare seats will be opened to the public, but eligible school students will continue to get priority access to the bus service.

Separate seating will be allocated for students and fare-paying members of the public.

Passengers will also be required to show concession cards to board the bus.

A $1.10 one-way or $2 return concession fare will apply, and passengers will be able to use their ticket on Colac town bus services.

The trial is expected to help residents attend business or adult education centres, visit family and friends and connect with other public transport services in Colac.

The pilot will run until the end of the school year.

Mulder has invited feedback.

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