If you try and browse the PTV web site over the long weekend for a timetable, you might see this: “Something went wrong, please try refreshing the page”.
There are two problems here.
Firstly, the error is wildly misleading.
You can try to keep refreshing the page right through the long weekend. It won’t work until Tuesday, when this service is scheduled to be running again.
Curiously, some bus timetable searches at times when services aren’t running display a more sensible error: “Sorry, there are no results for this time.”
This makes more sense, though you’ll also see it if looking late at night after a route has finished for the day. In those cases it should really default to showing services running that day.
The current PTV web site was launched in 2019. In a lot of ways it was an improvement, but there are still problems like this. In fact looking back, it seems some problems with things like train timetables during bus replacements weren’t fixed.
Hopefully they’ll keep improving it.
The second problem is that this bus service and a lot of others (especially in country towns) only run on weekdays, or only run Monday to Saturday, leaving gaps in service of up to four days over the Easter long weekend.
Is a 7-day service practical or needed on every route? Not necessarily, though the rollout of “minimum standard” bus services was never 100% completed in Melbourne, nor was it applied to regional cities and towns.
A related issue is that the information for public holidays is incomplete and inconsistent. So it may not be easy to find out if your local bus route is running or not – as documented by Peter Parker in this Twitter thread.
This is especially a problem for Easter Saturday, which is a rarity, being a gazetted public holiday on a Saturday.
It’s just another issue where PTV needs to ensure information is complete, correct and easily available.