VIC student service saved

Student bus service saved by Victorian Government after Federal Government cuts

Victorian students on the Mornington Peninsula have had their bus service saved, after the Federal Government withdrew funding to get them to and from university.

However, a new dedicated bus service will run between the seaside suburb of Rosebud and the Monash University Peninsula Campus to accommodate both students and the public, the Victorian Government announced recently.

The new service is a funding partnership between the Victorian Government, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Monash University and will operate for the next 12 months on a trial basis and will follow the same route as the former Peninsula Bus (PenBus) service from February 22 onwards.

"The Andrews Labor Government has stepped in to save local students, and provide an alternative to the PenBus service the Federal Government has withdrawn funding for," Victorian minister for public transport Jacinta Allan says.

Victorian Government member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke says Route 887 will provide 3,500 students and hundreds of university staff a dedicated bus service to Monash University’s Peninsula Campus and connect with the inter-campus shuttle to Clayton.

The service will run six express round trips each day on weekdays and be timed to connect with Monash University’s inter-campus shuttle to Clayton.

As well as servicing students, Route 887 will also be available to the public from just before 7am to after 7pm.

"The bus service will begin in time for the start of the university year, and also benefit peninsula locals and visitors," member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino says.

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