26 September 2023

On-demand buses in demand

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Public Transport Victoria is to extend its on-demand public bus services into suburbs across Melbourne’s north-east.

Announced by Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, FlexiRide is to come to Greensborough and St Helena.

“FlexiRide is an on-demand public bus service that operates within a defined area with no fixed route or timetable,” Mr Carroll said.

“Passengers will be able to book a bus – much like a taxi – and be picked up or dropped off at ‘virtual’ or physical bus stops. Fares will be paid through a Myki card with normal rates applying,” he said.

“Bookings are made through a smartphone app, which provides real-time information about when a service is arriving, or by calling a dedicated phone number.”

Mr Carroll said the new FlexiRide service would provide locals with more flexible buses that coordinated better with train services.

The Minister said an on-demand bus service between Greensborough and St Helena would also provide better connections to healthcare, shops and jobs.

He said FlexiRide buses already operated in Croydon, Lilydale, Melton South, Mooroolbark, Rosebud and Rowville, and would be introduced in Tarneit later this year.

“Details about the new on-demand service and other bus service improvements will be announced following further planning,” Mr Carroll said.

Further information on current FlexiRide services can be accessed at this PS News link.

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