Melbourne is gearing up for its second weekend of 24-hour public transport, following the successful launch of the Andrews Labor Government’s Night Network trial.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today praised the work of public transport operators after the first weekend of Night Network helped thousands of people enjoy the city for longer.
Initial myki touch on data suggests that almost 10,000 Victorians took advantage of the first weekend of all night public transport.
This represents an increase of than 300 per cent in patronage, compared to NightRider services in October 2015.
Prior to the launch of Night Network, a survey of almost 1,000 people found that 91 per cent of respondents said they were likely to use Night Network during the 12-month trial.
Ninety per cent of respondents also reported that affordable late night transport was the biggest benefit of Night Network.
Night Network is a year-long trial which means there is time for the Labor Government to understand and evaluate what the demand is for all night public transport at weekends, and the impact it has on businesses and residents.
Public Transport Victoria will gather a range of data during the year long trial including patronage, network performance data, and public and business feedback to allow the Government to make an informed decision about the future of the service.
People are encouraged to provide their feedback on Night Network services at ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“Night Network is the biggest advance in late night travel in Melbourne’s history, and places us at the forefront of cities around the world.”
“Initial myki touch on data from the first weekend has shown three times as many people used Night Network compared to NightRider services – but we want to see even more Victorians taking advantage of this great new service.”
“I’d encourage everyone get out there and enjoy what Melbourne has to offer at weekends knowing they can take the Night Network home.”