Transit Systems announces new Victorian GM

The new Victorian GM will be intent on ensuring Transit Systems leads the electric bus charge in the state

Transit Systems announces new Victorian GM
Transit Systems has a new Victorian general manager

Kelsian Group company Transit Systems has announced John Storms will be the group’s new Victorian general manager.

Storms has worked in a suite of industries in a management and business development capacity, including at Donric Group, CB Clothing and Skybus.

He’ll report to Transit Systems COO Greg Balkin and will oversee the Transit Systems operation in Victoria that includes a fleet of 170 buses and 280 employees in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.

Storms says Melbourne has seen a unique shift post-COVID in the way customers approach and use public transport.

"Public transport in Melbourne, especially with the bus system, is bustling," Storms says.

Transit Systems' new Victorian GM John Storms

"We are seeing an increasing number of Melbournians heading back to work so our bus system must keep up with the demand and provide a reliable and brilliant customer experience every day."

Transit Systems recently launched its Bridj-powered on-demand app FlexiRide Melton South that uses demand responsive technology (DRT) to provide an integrated and persoanlised journey and encourage customers to leave their car at home.

"Two Australian-built hydrogen fuel cell buses will also soon join the Transit Systems Victoria fleet as part of the Victorian government’s three-year zero emission bus trial – a first in Melbourne’s western suburbs," Storms says.

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"It is certainly a busy and exciting time to join the Transit Systems team in Victoria.

"I’m looking forward to working with the team to amplify Transit Systems’ role in Melbourne as the most trusted and reliable bus operator."

Although Storms will continue to ensure the bus system is efficient and timely, he’s also focusing on the people.

He says he’s looking forward to meeting every member of the team and wants to have a team that embraces the diversity of the group.

"A driver could start their day driving a school bus by morning and then be responsible for a route service later that day and then drive a charter service in the afternoon," Storms says.

Storms says he’s also excited about the future of public transport in Victoria, especially when it comes to the zero emissions 2025 target for the state.

"Transit System will lead the change to embrace this target," Storms says.

"We currently operate 36 electric buses across Sydney’s inner west which has led to the creation of the largest electrified depot in Australia."

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