Put SMARTbuses on the Suburban Rail Loop route
Eastern Metro MP Rod Barton is calling on the Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne to put SMARTbus services on the suburban rail loop route and bring the benefits of the loop to Melbourne NOW.
Construction of the first stage of the loop will begin next year, but the full service extending from Cheltenham in the south east to Werribee in the west, won’t be completed for some 50 years.
“An orbital rail loop is a fantastic idea and it solves so many problems for outer suburban commuters and students travelling to and between the universities, but we don’t have to wait 50 years for it,” said Mr Barton.
“Orbital SMARTbus services have been hugely successful and carry around 13 million passengers each year. We can have a “rail loop” serviced by buses by next year, providing many of the benefits but without the 50 year wait.”