Melbourne PT streets ahead


The current trial of Melbourne’s 24-hour bus, tram and rail services will become permanent, the Victorian Government announced this week

Melbourne PT streets ahead
Melbourne is now the only city in Australia where people can use public transport at all hours

 

The move makes Melbourne the only city in Australia where people can use public transport around the clock.

The state government will spend more than $193 million over the next four years to continue night network services.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says she is pleased that the all-night services have been embraced by public transport users.

"The best cities in the world don’t stop when the sun goes down, and neither does Melbourne," she says.

"The night network is part of what keeps Melbourne the world’s most liveable city, and it’s here to stay."

"It provides a safe, easy and affordable way to get home – whether you’re out for the night or work late for a living. Thousands of people now rely on the night network and it’s not going anywhere.

"More than 20 per cent of the people using night network are shift workers, getting home after a night serving drinks, staffing our hospitals or keeping us safe. The rest are locals and visitors staying out later and enjoying Melbourne’s vibrant night life for longer."

The trial was due to end on June 30 of this year. More than two million trips have been taken on overnight trains, trams, buses and regional coaches since the night network was introduced at the start of last year.

Night network passenger feedback and movement patterns are currently being collated and analysed by Public Transport Victoria. This assessment will be considered over the coming months to improve services after June 30.

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