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Melbourne’s bus usage down, while trains and trams are on the rise

Melbourne’s bus patronage is down 5.5% in 2015, despite population growth.

According to an article in ‘The Age’ train usage is up 3.5% and trams are up 11.1%.

Tony Morton, President of the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) explained why the bus network isn’t as popular as it used to be.

‘The trams work well because they are frequent, because everyone knows where they go, they run in straight lines and it’s a useful service.’

‘Unfortunately what we see with buses is that’s not consistent.’

‘I think a lot of the friendliness of our public transport actually comes down to how frequent the service is.’

‘How reliable it (buses) is about turning up and actually how directly it gets you from A to B without doing a cook’s tour via the known universe.’ 

Buses are not as reliable as they once were, and Kate was not happy!

The PTV bus tracking app is rarely up to date and has many scathing reviews. 

CLICK PLAY TO HEAR KATE AND JUSTIN’S INTERVIEW WITH TONY MORTON

 

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