24-hour success

The first weekend of 24-hour public transport in Melbourne has been a success

Melbourne 24-hour public transport will continue following the successful launch of the Night Network trial this year.

Minister for public transport Jacinta Allan says the work of public transport operators after the first weekend of Night Network helped thousands of people enjoy the city for longer.

Initial myki touch on data suggests almost 10,000 Victorians took advantage of the first weekend of all night public transport.

This represents an increase of than 300 per cent in patronage, compared to NightRider services in October 2015.

"Night Network is the biggest advance in late night travel in Melbourne’s history, and places us at the forefront of cities around the world," says Allen.

"Initial myki touch on data from the first weekend has shown three times as many people used Night Network compared to NightRider services – but we want to see even more Victorians taking advantage of this great new service.

"I’d encourage everyone get out there and enjoy what Melbourne has to offer at weekends knowing they can take the Night Network home."

Prior to the launch of Night Network, a survey of almost 1000 people found 91 per cent of respondents said they were likely to use Night Network during the 12-month trial.

Ninety per cent of respondents also reported that affordable late night transport was the biggest benefit of Night Network.

Public Transport Victoria will gather a range of data during the year long trial including patronage, network performance data, and public and business feedback to allow government to make an informed decision about the future of the service.

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