Melbourne Campus Transport Strategy

La Trobe University’s Melbourne (Bundoora) campus is highly dependent on car travel.

70% of trips to the campus are made by car, while only 26% of trips are by public transport. These numbers compare unfavourably with universities located in similar suburban locations.

While the University is served by the 86 tram and a fleet of local buses, these services are comparatively slow and unreliable. Links to Melbourne’s eastern and northern suburbs are particularly poor.

Without strong public transport services, the University will continue to be heavily reliant on private car travel. However, this exacerbates traffic congestion on surrounding roads and means that the university has to maintain extensive areas of car parks.

Furthermore, as a group, students are less likely to own cars and more likely to be users of public transport.

La Trobe University has an ongoing commitment to improve the range of transport options available to students.

For example, the University advocated strongly for the establishment of the 301 bus route between the University and Reservoir Train Station. With services every 10 minutes to the South Morang train Line during semester week days, this service has become one of the most highly-patronised bus routes in the whole of Melbourne.

But more can be done. For instance, the 301 does not run after 7pm, nor does it run outside semester, nor on weekends.

Melbourne Campus Transport Priorities

The University commissioned Arup to prepare the La Trobe University Transport Initiatives – Prioritisation Plan (2019) to update the University’s 2012 Transport Strategy. The Plan identifies a number of key projects to continue to improve transportation to and from the university.

Priorities include road, public transport services, and paths and trails improvements. These are listed below, with current priorities identified in bold:

Place Making:

  • Kingsbury Drive - Boulevard and Place

Public Transport:

  • Enhanced Bus Route 301
  • LTU - Box Hill / Doncaster Express Bus
  • LTU – Northland – Preston Rapid Transit
  • LTU - Glenferrie (Swinburne Uni) via Kew Bus
  • Tram 86 Extension: Uni Hill - South Morang
  • Plenty Road Tram super stops
  • LTU - Broadmeadows (- Craigieburn) Express Bus


  • Suburban Rail Loop

Active Transport:

  • LTU – Macleod path
  • Darebin Creek shared trail links
  • LTU – Reservoir path
  • LTU – Greensborough path
  • LTU – Northland path

Internal Projects:

  • Bus terminal removal
  • Car parking strategies
  • Trail and path improvements
  • Wayfinding and signage strategy

Find out more

If you would like to know more about these priorities, or obtain a copy of the Priorities Plan, please contact