La Trobe welcomes shuttle bus funding

La Trobe University has today welcomed the State Government's delivery of its election commitment to co-fund with the University the trial of a high-frequency express shuttle bus service.

The initiative was funded in the Government's 2015-16 state budget and will improve University public transport connections.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said he was delighted that, after a three year campaign by the University, the State Government had provided a solution to the inadequate public transport options currently faced by students and staff travelling to the Melbourne campus at Bundoora.

'For far too long, students and staff have faced poor and confusing public transport options and longer travel times compared to those travelling to other metropolitan Melbourne universities,' Professor Dewar said.

'The announcement by the State Government that it will provide $525,000 to trial a high frequency express shuttle bus service between Reservoir Train Station and our Bundoora campus is great news and will go a long way to addressing years of neglect in public transport in Melbourne's north.

'It is a win for students, and staff, as well as local residents. We are confident the pilot will encourage more people to use public transport and take more cars off local roads,' he said.

The high frequency express shuttle bus service will:

* Operate between the bus terminal at Reservoir Train Station and the La Trobe University Melbourne campus with no stops.
* Provide a bus service every 10 minutes
* Operate between 7:00am and 7:00pm Monday to Friday and
* Operate during the La Trobe University academic year

The trial will run for an 18 month period and will operate using a similar 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).

'I congratulate and thank the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan and our local state Labor MP's, Colin Brooks and Anthony Carbines, for their preparedness to work with us to address public transport issues in Melbourne's north,' Professor Dewar said.

'It is great to see the Minister and the Government delivering on their promise, getting on with the job and investing in public transport.'

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