Students travelling to Monash University's Clayton campus will soon have a quicker, easier journey, thanks to the $1.25 million trial of a frequent new express bus service, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.
Mr Mulder said the new Route 601 bus service would run express between Huntingdale Station and Monash University, and would begin as a one-year trial next semester.
"The new Route 601 bus will be the most frequent and direct public transport option for students travelling from Huntingdale Station to Monash University, with services approximately every four minutes during semester time," Mr Mulder said.
"The bus will run express which means the journey time will take only around four minutes."
Mr Mulder said the express bus service was based on a similar highly successful service, which operates between North Melbourne Station and Melbourne University.
"The express service between North Melbourne Station and Melbourne University has been up-and-running for three years and has proven very popular with students, carrying around 20,000 passengers each week and cutting a passenger's journey time by about 30 minutes a day," Mr Mulder said.
"We hope the new Route 601 bus will prove as popular with Monash University students.
"The new Route 601 express bus will operate on a pre-pay system, so passengers will need to have a ticket before boarding the bus, which means quicker boarding times and fewer delays in peak times.
"And it will operate in the Zone 1/2 overlap, which means passengers can travel with either a Zone 1 or a Zone 2 ticket."
Mr Mulder said the new bus route was great news for Monash University students.
"Students come to Monash University from all over Melbourne, and many of those catch the train to Huntingdale Station and then take a connecting bus to the University," Mr Mulder said.
"With the introduction of Route 601, there will be three bus routes and nearly 400 trips a day between Huntingdale Station and Monash University, which means shorter wait times and more frequent connections to the University.
"By providing more transport options from Huntingdale Station, it will relieve some crowding and will provide an affordable alternative to driving to class.
"I invite students to take advantage of this new express bus service, and jump on board when it begins next semester."
Route 601 will begin on Monday 18 July, in time for semester two orientation.
During the university semester, Route 601 will operate approximately every four minutes from 7am to 7pm on weekdays only, and every 12 minutes between 7pm and 9.30pm.
Existing bus Routes 900 and 630 will continue to operate between Huntingdale Station and Monash University.
The Coalition Government has also begun a $2 million Rowville Rail feasibility study which will assess the viability of a future rail link to Monash University.