The impact of a new bus route on a new suburban development in Melbourne

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Abstract

Much of Melbourne’s future growth is expected to be accommodated on the urban fringe in new, ‘greenfield’ developments. In recent years questions have been raised about the impacts of these developments on the mobility and accessibility provided to residents. Long travel distances and poor access to public transport restrict households to becoming heavily dependent on the private car. Households with limited incomes may be ‘forced’ into investing a large proportion of their income on multiple car ownership and use. Even households with relatively high incomes are pushed away from more sustainable and active travel modes. This study explores the impact of a connecting bus service on a new development in Melbourne’s fringe, Selandra Rise in Clyde North. The development opened in 2011 is located 6km from the nearest town centre and train station. In 2014 a local bus service was introduced to connect the development to the nearest town centre and train station. Two surveys were conducted to explore the use and impact of the new bus service: a survey of Selandra Rise residents (including non-bus-users) and an on-bus survey of riders. Surveys showed that bus users were highly dependent on the service, which performed an important function as a social transit service in the estate. The implications of these findings for the planning of new housing estates were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2015 Proceedings
EditorsS Travis Waller, Hanna Grzybowska, Emily Moylan, Matthew Jones, Sherri Fields
Place of PublicationSydney NSW Australia
PublisherAustralasian Transport Research Forum
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2015 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 30 Sep 20152 Oct 2015
Conference number: 37th
https://www.australasiantransportresearchforum.org.au/papers/2015 (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2015
Abbreviated titleATRF 2015
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period30/09/152/10/15
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