With a choice of trams and buses running past home, some may think I am spoilt for choice. Our apartment cost a lot of money and the main reason is its location and part of that is good public transport.
So if we lose some transport, we are disadvantaged and potentially the value of our home is reduced, not that I care about that as I don't intend moving.
Transdev now operates the bus service passing The Highrise, routes 216, 219 and 220. They have plans to reduce the service. All three routes travel from western suburbs to southern suburbs via the city. They travel over a common route through the city in Queen Street, through Southbank, along St Kilda Road, Prahran to Hawksburn.
Transdev plans to entirely change the routes and numbers. One route will run from the city to the southern suburbs and the other from the Alfred Hospital to the southern suburbs, meaning only one route will pass by The Highrise instead of three.
Looking at weekday daytime frequencies, which is when I mostly use the buses,
216, 30 minute service
219, 30 minute service
220, 15 minute service
That is eight buses an hour we can use to get to Prahran or the city.
We will only have one route, the 249, to use if the proposed plans go ahead and it will be a fifteen minute service. This means a halving of the service to four buses an hour.
Naturally I am not happy with this but it may not be such a bad thing. The present buses are very unreliable especially from the city. I have heard they are badly affected by traffic in the Footscray area where they travel before reaching the city and continue on to the southern suburbs. Now, if only coming from the city and travelling to Gardenvale and then returning to the city to make the trip again, we may see a very reliable 15 minute service. I am not sure this will happen though. I expect it will become part of another route. Buses need to go past the depot in Footscray to change to a new driver. While I have filled in the Transdev survey, their reply to my queries about the new 249 route were unanswered and suggested I attend one their Community Information Sessions.