Eastern Metropolitan Rapid Bus Network

The New Routes

Route A | Route B | Route C

Route A | Monash University (Caulfield) to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Via Gardiner Station (Tram 72), Camberwell Station, Cotham Rd (Tram 109), North Balwyn (Tram 48), Heidelberg Station & Austin Hospital.

Route B | Monash University (Clayton) to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Via Mount Waverley Station, Burwood East (Tram 75), Deakin University, Box Hill Institute (Tram 109), Doncaster Hill (Westfield Interchange), Bulleen Plaza, Heidelberg Station & Austin Hospital.

Route C | Croydon Station to Monash University (Clayton)

Via Swinburne University of Technology (Croydon), Bayswater North, Boronia Station, Knox City, Swinburne University of Technology (Wantirna), Wantirna South & Glen Waverley Station.

Route D | Route E | Route F

Route D | Dandenong Station to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Via Eastlink (Stopping at Caribbean Gardens, High Street Road & Burwood Highway), Heatherdale Station, Eastern Freeway (Stop at Middleborough Road), Doncaster Hill (Westfield Interchange), Bulleen Plaza, Heidelberg Station & Austin Hospital

Route E | Eltham to Monash University (Clayton)

Via Templestowe, The Pines (SmartBus 905, 906 908), Doncaster East (SmartBus 901, 902 & 907), Blackburn Station, Burwood East (Tram 75), Syndal Station & Pinewood

Route F | Eltham to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Local route via Lower Plenty Road & MacLeod. This will be the first time that the areas immediately east of the Hurstbridge railway line have a direct transit connection to La Trobe University. Currently students and staff living in Yallambie and Viewbank can drive to campus in 12 minutes or get two buses for a total 40 minute journey. The new route would cut this travel time to 15 minutes by bus.

Route H | Route K | Route P

Route H | Montrose to Melbourne University (Burnley)

Via Bayswater North, Heathmont, Vermont, Forest Hill, Box Hill South, Canterbury, Camberwell, Local to Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn) & Melbourne Girls College (Richmond)

Route K | Mitcham to Knox City and Swinburne University of Technology (Wantirna)

Extend SmartBus Route 907 to Knox City Via Vermont, The Knox School & Swinburne University of Technology (Wantirna)

Route P | The Pines to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Local route via Foote Street (Templestowe), Thompsons Road (Templestowe Lower), Bulleen, Heidelberg Station then express to La Trobe University. This will be the first time that students and staff in Templestowe, Bulleen and The Pines have a direct transit connection to La Trobe University. Currently students and staff living in Templestowe can drive to campus in 20 minutes or get three buses for a total 60 minute journey. The new route would cut this travel time to 25 minutes by bus.

Route R | Route S

Route R | Ringwood Station to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Via Eastern Freeway (Stop at Middleborough Road), Doncaster Hill (Westfield Interchange), Bulleen Plaza, Heidelberg Station & Austin Hospital

Route S | Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn) to La Trobe University (Bundoora)

Via Kew, Alphington, Ivanhoe, Heidelberg West See the Network Map overleaf for the full set of Rapid Bus Routes and how they interchange with existing tram and rail services.

Transport in the East

There are very few options for getting around the East.

Which is a massive problem: students that study at Monash University or La Trobe University have no reliable public transport to get there and home again. Workers trying to get across to a workplace in the East have no option but to drive. Nearly all trips default to car trips because there is no alternative. Every morning peak travel times become more unreliable, forcing people to get up earlier just in case the traffic is bad

Services to universities, places of employment and activity centres – particularly north south links – are so bad, that people pay many thousands of dollars in car ownership, petrol, maintenance and parking just to get to where they need to go.

Importantly, this Rapid Bus Network can be rolled out within a year, and will reduce congestion immediately. It won’t take 10 years to build like the North East Link toll road, or 28 years to build like the Suburban Rail Loop. The Rapid Bus Network can be integrated and adapted into future transport network changes.

The Greens’ Plan

Our vision is for a network of high quality services that have fewer stops, but get people quickly to key destinations.

Our plan will build on our existing transport network by adding a new Rapid Bus Network to provide better transport choices for those who want them. This will reduce demand for limited road space on every congested road in the region.

High quality public transport to key destinations is the only low cost option for reducing car dependence and congestion.

And it can be deployed within a couple of years – not 10 years like the construction of the proposed toll road. If you live in Croydon, Eltham to Ferntree Gully, you know that congestion on our roads is getting worse. You also know that while you may have a train station near you, it only goes in one direction – towards the city.

A Better Experience

Simplified timetable

Services every 10 minutes every day. All bus arrivals will be tracked by accurate real time information so timetables are not required.

Real time information

Providing real time information at all stops and on-board to aid with interchange between services.

Pre-paid bus services

Reduce boarding delays and speed up buses by providing myki facilities at bus stations (just like train stations).

High quality bus stops

New platform stops with quality waiting facilities and pre-payment so the bus gets loaded more quickly.

More bus priority

Dedicated bus lanes, turning slip lanes and bus priority signaling to get buses moving along roads and through intersections faster.

Express Services

Rapid Routes will run express between major stops saving up to an hour on 25km journeys and 30 minutes on 10km journeys

Electric drive

Electric buses will be prioritised where operating requirements allow. Electric buses are quieter and smoother and don’t pump fumes into our streets and neighbourhoods.

Free WiFi and power on-board

All Rapid Buses will have free WiFi and USB charging stations enabling passengers to make the most of their travel time

A Greens Future

creating a north east we all want to see

As the member for Eastern Metropolitan, Samantha Dunn MP has used every opportunity to speak up for the community. Samantha Dunn MP will work tirelessly in the community to:

  • Develop a comprehensive alternative infrastructure plan to protect Melbourne’s liveability.
  • Force the Government to be fully open and transparent with information about the proposed toll road, including acquisitions, the business case and local traffic impacts.
  • Work with the community and experts to ensure their voices are heard in the Environmental Effects Statement process.
  • Pressure local MPs and Councillors to oppose the project.

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