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Kinetic Melbourne bus driver takes on major world marathons

After starting with Kinetic a year ago, Megan Veitch has been able to enjoy her new role as a bus driver while also setting a goal to complete six marathons by 2027

In Melbourne, Kinetic bus driver Megan Veitch never thought she’d be in the seat that she’s in. Now, she’s also travelling around the world to conquer marathons.

The Kinetic Women Up Front graduate has taken on the challenge of bus driving as she also looks to complete six major world marathons.

After joining the operator a year ago following more than two decades spent working in the retail sector, Veitch is settled in her role as a driver while also looking to complete marathons around the world.

Veitch was motivated to become a bus driver after learning about Kinetic’s commitment to employ more women.

“I like driving and I thought I’d give it a go, so that’s what I did. Since day one everyone has been really helpful and friendly. Even on the road passengers are happy to see a woman behind the wheel,” Veitch says.
“It’s all been quite encouraging. Twelve months on and I am loving every minute.”

The Women Up Front trainee bus driver program is part of Kinetic’s commitment to encourage more women to pursue careers in the transport industry.

It includes a mix of classroom and on-road training ensuring candidates have the skills, capability and confidence to become a professional bus driver.

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Kinetic says the program has been successful in attracting more women into driving roles. Since Kinetic took over the operation of the Metropolitan Bus Franchise in January 2022, the number of women in driving roles has doubled.
Last year, more than 270 women joined Kinetic in driving roles around Australia, with more than 80 women already getting behind the wheel since January 2024.

Veitch says that during her first year on the job, she has noticed a number of similarities between her new career and her passion for long distance running, saying both pastimes require mental resilience and focus, training and preparation and come with a sense of achievement and personal growth.

“Trying something new is always a challenge. I’ve found the same type of support and inspiration from my colleagues in the depot as I found in my running group,” Veitch says.

“Having the right crew around you and just going for it can make any intimidating experience a lot easier to take on.”
Veitch first began running 18 years ago when her sister invited her along for a seemingly easy run around Albert Park Lake. After 100 metres, she quickly figured out it wasn’t going to be as easy as she thought, but she wasn’t discouraged. She later joined her local running group and now has a strong support network that allows her to travel the world running.

Veitch’s goal is to run all six Abbott World Marathon Majors by 2027 before her 50th birthday. She is already well on the way, completing the New York Marathon last year and already pounding the pavement in preparation for the Berlin Marathon in September this year.

Running has also proven to be a great de-stressor after a long day behind the wheel.

“I go for a run and it makes my world better,” she says.

“It’s great to see what you can actually achieve if you put your mind to it.”

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