Cutting the ribbon on a bus shelter

Buses might be the poor cousin of public transport in Melbourne, but politicians are the kind of attention seekers who will turn up to the opening of an envelope – or issue a media release when they install a new bus shelter.

Bus stop without a roof in Sunshine West

New bus shelters in the Yarra Ranges?

12 new Yarra Ranges bus shelters fulfill election promise

28 June 2011

From the Minister for Public Transport

The installation of 12 new solar powered bus shelters in the Shire of Yarra Ranges during 2011 has more than met the Coalition Government’s election commitment to install 10, Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder said today.

Mr Mulder said that four bus stops in Swansea Road, Montrose, along with four in Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park, Lilydale or Montrose, two in Mount Dandenong Road, Montrose and two in Leith Road, Montrose now had new shelters.

“The Shire of Yarra Ranges selected the sites,” Mr Mulder said.

“For instance, the bus stop on the north side of Mount Dandenong Road, west of Montrose Road, Montrose now has a new shelter, as does the north side Maroondah Highway bus stop east of Nelson Road in Lilydale.”

Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe said she was pleased at the additional weather protection offered by the new bus shelters.

“The Coalition Government’s new bus shelters are another reason to travel by bus.

“My Parliamentary colleague Brad Battin’s representations have led to lower fares for many users of the Chirnside Park to Warburton bus route.

“The new shelters are a local example of investment in public transport. More than 500 million trips are now taken annually on Melbourne’s Metro trains, Yarra Trams or private buses,” Mrs Fyffe said.

Mr Mulder said that funding for another 15 new Yarra Ranges bus shelters would be provided by the Coalition Government in 2011/12 under its bus shelters program.

“The Government meets about two thirds of the total cost of providing Melbourne’s public transport. I want to see more outer eastern suburbs residents using public transport. One way in which the Government can do this is to increase the number of bus stops where intending passengers have a weather-protected seat or standing area,” Mr Mulder said.

Out the back of Kinglake.

New bus shelter for Pheasants Creek residents

21 June 2017

A new bus shelter on Kinglake-Whittlesea Road, Pheasants Creek will prevent people dangerously crossing the road to catch the Route 384 bus.

The only shelter that was previously available at the Kinglake-Whittlesea Road bus stop, was under a local shop’s awning across the road.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, welcomed the new shelter, which will improve safety and provide protection from the weather at the stop. The new pre-fabricated shelter has been installed at the bus stop, with new seating and room for passengers to stand. “The new bus shelter on Kinglake-Whittlesea Road means locals can now wait for the bus at the designated stop in bad weather,” Ms Symes said.

“Not only will this improve safety for passengers, but drivers who travel along this busy road.”

As bushfire relief.

Better Schools In Fire-Affected Areas Of East Gippsland

Clifton Creek Primary School, which was lost in the summer’s bushfires, will receive a further $29,000 to build a bus shelter within the school property beside the car park entrance.

For kids headed to school.

New bus shelter for Benalla students

15 December 2016

Wangaratta District Specialist School students now have a new bus shelter to protect them from inclement weather, Labor Upper House for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today.

At 25 metre², the bus shelter is much larger than a conventional bus shelter and provides seating and protection from the sun, wind and rain.

It is connected to the pedestrian network with a new Disability Discrimination Act compliant footpath.

About 15 students from Benalla travel to attend Wangaratta District Specialist School each day, many of whom require assistance to board the bus.

Students previously had to wait in an unsheltered area, which was a particular concern during inclement weather.

“This project is a great example of how we’re investing in transport infrastructure that meets the needs of Benalla users,” Ms Symes said.

“Labor’s $25,000 contribution will help make trips to school easier and more accessible for students attending Wangaratta District Specialist School.

“The Labor Government is investing in projects across the state to help people get where they need to go – whether it’s to work, school, the shops, to attend appointments, see friends and family.”

‘Celebrating’ partnerships between council and VicRoads.

Locals receive new bus shelter on New Dookie Road

24 January, 2018

Today Greater Shepparton City Council and VicRoads joined to celebrate the opening of a new bus shelter at New Dookie Road, Pine Lodge. The shelter was identified as a necessity by the Dookie and District Development Forum, mindful of the number of school children waiting for the bus at this location.

VicRoads and Greater Shepparton City Council partnered to bring the shelter to fruition, with VicRoads paying for the rural bus shelter and Council paying for its installation.

Or council and Public Transport Victoria.

80 new bus shelters destined for Nillumbik

20 April 2017

More than 80 new bus shelters will be built across Nillumbik over the next four years after Council agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Public Transport Victoria (PTV).

The commitment to sign the MoU was made at the 18 April Future Nillumbik Committee meeting.

Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke said previously, Council built two new shelters and replaced two shelters each year.

“There are currently 67 bus shelters across Nillumbik which are being maintained by Council.

“This new agreement, however, means Council will more than double the current number of shelters over the next four years at no extra cost to ratepayers.

“These new shelters will be for public bus routes while Council remains responsible for providing shelters for school and community bus routes.

“For those people using public transport, these new shelters will provide a small level of comfort from either wet or very hot weather.

“I look forward to seeing them being rolled out across the Shire.”

Or just getting Public Transport Victoria to do the job they’re supposed to.

New Bus Shelters for Bayside commuters

24 May 2018

Public Transport Victoria is installing 15 new bus shelters in Bayside over the coming months.

These bus shelters represent a significant investment in public transport infrastructure within the municipality.

New bus shelters, and their associated seating, assist in making a bus journey more comfortable by providing a resting place and shelter from the sun, rain and wind.

Improved facilities at bus stops benefit existing users and make public transport a more attractive option for new users.

It is envisaged that the increased level of comfort provided by new bus shelters will encourage more people to use public transport and will also assist in reducing residents’ reliance on private vehicles.

This has the added benefit of responding to climate change by reducing transport-related emissions.

Improving public transport infrastructure was raised by the community as one of the most significant issues in the development of Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy.

Sites for new bus shelters are prioritised based on the number of passengers touching-on with a myki at a bus stop, which is determined from the latest available myki data, provided by PTV.

Council is committed to advocating for improved public transport services and associated infrastructure in order to improve the attractiveness of public transport services as a real transport option for the Bayside community.

So who is responsible bus shelters anyway?

It’s hard to get a straight answer out of Public Transport Victoria., but bus stops are their responsibility. Some councils manage requests for new bus shelters.

Bus shelter infrastructure is provided by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) through an annual bus shelter program working in conjunction with Council. Council will request PTV to install up to 20 bus shelters per year.

Requests for new bus shelters are handled by Council where Council will assess these on individual merit taking into consideration the number of passengers and services, the safety of the passengers, how the stop will fit into the wider public transport network and the likely effect of the installation of a shelter on the amenity of adjacent residents.

While others will fob you off to PTV.

Under the Road Management Act 2004, all infrastructure including facilities connected with bus stopping points such as shelters and seats, are the responsibility of Public Transport Victoria.
To improve our ability to deliver services, as of 1 January 2018 we will refer all new and active requests for bus infrastructure directly to Public Transport Victoria.

With maintenance responsibilities dependant on who originally installed the shelter.

ooH!media van parked while working on a bus shelter

With a complicated web involving either Public Transport Victoria or local council as the owner, and outdoor advertising companies oOh!media, Adshel, or JC Decaux as the operator.

Clear as mud?

Smashed glass window at the Sunshine station bus stop

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