Your local bus company may have changed

Before you complain to the bus company that your bus is late/cancelled/crowded, you might want to check that they still run the service.

Bus 220 - now operated by Transdev

In August, a whole bunch of routes (including most Smartbus routes) formerly run by Ventura and Melbourne Bus Link were taken over by Transdev.

Other recent changes include Ventura taking over Grenda (which includes Moorabbin Transit), and Easttrans (CDC) taking over Driver.

Seems it’s all go in the bus industry these days.

Transdev, in a reply to a query on Twitter, have noted that the stickers (as seen above) are a temporary measure. Eventually they’ll get the PTV livery.

While I quite like unified designs for the bus fleet, there is a down side: some passengers tell approaching buses apart by not just the numbers, but their operator colours. It’ll be interesting to see how people handle that.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

7 replies on “Your local bus company may have changed”

Daniel, your post is very timely.
I saw a Transdev bus at a bus stop near my place and thought it might be a tourist coach since it didn’t have PTV logo.
Now I know that Melbourne Bus company is no more.

I heard a rumor the other day that Ventura is looking at selling the Grenda’s routes. I would think it would be unlikely but will wait and see.

Ah yes, standing at the Queensbridge bus stop, I want the white bus, not the red and cream one. I think that may have changed in recent years. You’ve motivated me to check who owned MBL and it was Dysons, previously with Reservoir Bus Company which was taken over by Dysons.

Wow Chris, that is a good rumor. I shall go straight over to Bus Australia with that one.

I like the idea of a uniform livery on all PTV routes. While I admit there is the issue for some people by having all of the buses being the same color, modern destination signs are normally good to read at some distance too. Just not when the bus is turning and you only get to see the side of the bus.

Any problem that you get from having a uniform livery is already a problem at any of a number of bus stops where there’s more bus routes than bus companies. It would be better to solve the actual problem, that buses routes aren’t necessary visible, particularly from the side. (Also the rear; it’s been on more than one occasion that I’ve got to a bus stop and just missed a bus that may or may not have been mine. Should I wait or should I walk? Mind you, before changing all the buses to have route displays on the back, I would prefer it if they could provide a reliable and frequent service.)

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