As part of a project for a university subject to investigate and redesign portions of Melbourne’s bus network, I worked with other students to analyse the metropolitan bus system in the suburb of Narre Warren. This involved a site visit, desktop data analysis and compilation of information into a final report.
The conclusion reached was that such a network redesign was possible with even fewer resources than are currently allocated to the bus system. Major changes included simplification of lines and bus timetable coordination with rail services. Maps, example timetables and service provision calculations were included in the final report. Following a presentation to the advocacy group ‘Transport for Melbourne’ organised by Professor Nicholas Low, this report was one of two selected for publication on their website (available here).
Network targets met
New bus lines
Proposed Bus Headways Boosted by 50%
By making lines less convoluted, they became more legible. Headways were also vastly improved. In some areas, frequencies were improved by up to 50% compared to existing timetables.
By setting three strategic objectives and six targets beforehand, a clear process was established to evaluate and monitor the success or failure of the proposal.
Extensive data collection and analysis was undertaken to understand the current and future needs of the study area. This included local government, census and transport information.
- Headways 50% 50%
- Train Connections 100% 100%
- Increase in Sunday Services 53% 53%
By combining multiple principles of best practice public transport network planning, it was possible to design a vastly improved bus network with no additional resources. The bus system was also made more passenger-friendly by removing line deviations, ensuring timetable coordination between services and implementing standard frequencies where possible.