State budget misses shuttle bus service

La Trobe University has today expressed disappointment that the State Government's 2014-15 Victorian State Budget had failed to deliver a high frequency express shuttle bus service for students, staff and on-campus partners at the La Trobe Melbourne campus in Bundoora.

La Trobe University had requested the State Government fund an express shuttle bus service between Reservoir Train Station and the La Trobe campus.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said he was disappointed that after a two-year campaign advocating for the high frequency express shuttle bus service and offering to co-fund a trial of the bus service, the Government had failed to provide funding in the 2014-15 budget.

'Bundoora campus students, staff and on-campus partners currently face poor and confusing public transport options and longer travel times than those travelling to other metropolitan Melbourne universities,' Professor Dewar said.

'Our proposal makes sense in that it is consistent with services already in place for travel to other Melbourne Universities and will encourage more travellers to use public transport and take traffic off local roads,' he said.

The high frequency express shuttle bus service would:

  • operate between the bus terminal at Reservoir Train Station to La Trobe University's Bundoora campus with no stops
  • provide a bus service every 4.5 to 6 minutes
  • operate between 7.00am and 7.00pm Monday to Friday and
  • operate during the La Trobe University academic year.

The service would operate using a similar service model currently in place for the existing 401 service (North Melbourne Station to the University of Melbourne) and the 601 service (Huntingdale Station to Monash University, Clayton), which have been in operation since 2008 and 2011 respectively.

'Given the unfortunate outcome of the state Budget, we will continue to seek a commitment from both political parties to make the high frequency express shuttle bus service a key election commitment ahead of November's state election,' Professor Dewar said.  

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