Bus service improvements

Council's most recent survey in January 2013 was sent to every household with Council’s resident newsletter, Citynews. The survey asked residents to tell us their transport priorities.

The response was overwhelming, with almost 10 per cent of Casey households participating. Residents identified the following public transport improvements as the top priorities for improvement.

These results are representative of a community that requires public transport that is accessible, direct and connected to allow public transport to be a viable transport  alternative.

There are also many residential areas within Casey that are not adequately serviced by public transport, such as estates in the Cranbourne East, Clyde North, Botanic Ridge and Lyndhurst areas.

 Public Transport Improvement
% who rated above high importance
 More parking at railway stations
 Real time information regarding arrival/departure times of buses and trains
 Improved coordination between bus and train timetables
 Improved reliability
 More peak hour services
 A bus stop within a 15 minute walk, with a bus every 15-20 minutes
 More direct bus services with higher priority on main roads

Current situation: Indirect and infrequent bus services

Existing bus services in Casey

Existing bus services in Casey:

  • Are indirect and on average travel approximately twice the distance of a direct bus route
  • Only travel to one activity centre or railway station which reduces the demand for the service
  • Are infrequent with a typical service frequency of 45 minutes
  • Are not coordinated with trains requiring commuters to drive to railway stations
  • Lack coverage, with whole suburbs or significant portions of suburbs having no access to bus services at all

What Casey needs: Direct, frequent and reliable bus services

Displays direct, frequent and reliable bus services in Casey

For the same operational resource as the current service, the bus network in Casey could be reconfigured to provide:

  • Direct services along arterial and secondary arterial roads
  • Connections to multiple railway stations and activity centres
  • Buses that run at a 20 minute frequency with 10 minute frequencies on key corridors
  • Buses that connect with train timetables
  • Early delivery of services for new estates
  • Casey residents also want real time information for arrival/departure times for bus services (similar to Tram Tracker).

Benefits of a direct and frequent bus network based on an 800m catchment

  • Available alternative to car travel
  • Can be undertaken with minimal change in operating costs
  • Reduces the need for further railway car park expansions
  • Increases the demand for services by providing access to multiple railway stations and activity centres
  • Services new estates early in their development

What Casey needs

  • A demonstration project to revise the delivery of bus services in the Cranbourne region followed by permanent implementation.
  • The complete implementation of a direct and frequent bus network along Casey’s main traffic routes