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Melbourne’s ‘new normal’ public transport means empty rush hour trains and trams

Morton said buses, which were relatively busy on public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic, could meet demand if states eased government restrictions. . invested heavily in improving them.


Buses typically account for about 20% of trips on public transport in Melbourne, but during the pandemic, they were used by more passengers than trains or trams. Support has also recovered more quickly, with local buses at 94% capacity in November, the closest to pre-COVID normal.

Metrotrains have hit passengers hardest, only returning to 65% of their pre-pandemic levels in November, while trams were at 78% of their pre-COVID capacity.

Curry said more people continue to ride buses because they are perceived to be a lower risk of COVID transmission than trains and streetcars.

Department of Transportation data shows the impact on systems where employees in CBD offices work from home. Passenger numbers during weekday morning and afternoon peak commutes are down by almost a third compared to 2019. The weekend was close to normal, down just 8%. .

Yarra Tram CEO Adele McCarthy said Monday and Friday were the network’s quietest days, but demand for night and weekend services rebounded faster as passenger numbers returned to 87%. did.

Melbourne’s bus network isn’t cost-effective, says Infrastructure Victoria.credit:Chris Hopkins

“Melbourne… [is] It’s a true destination city with a thriving arts, culture and entertainment scene, attracting visitors all day long, even if they’re not there to work all day,” McCarthy said.

A Metro spokesperson said travel patterns on weekdays vary widely, with Thursdays typically about 25 percent busier than Mondays (424,000 passengers compared to 522,000).

Infrastructure Victoria reported earlier this month that the bus network Needed a major overhaul to improve value for money To provide affordable transportation from buses to the suburbs where they are most needed.

The Andrews government is investigating ways to reform the bus network.

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