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New contracts for zero-emission bus network in VIC

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The Victorian Government is set to deliver new metropolitan bus contracts that support the state’s transition to a zero-emissions bus network, expected to provide more reliable services to Victorians.

Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll has announced that the process of re-contracting 30 per cent of the metropolitan bus network will soon get underway, as part of the State Government’s push towards a cleaner and more sustainable bus fleet.

“These new metropolitan bus contracts support Victoria’s Bus Plan and will help tackle emissions on the bus network – which is critical to Victoria meeting our commitment of net zero emissions by 2045,” Carroll said.

“We’re providing greater flexibility to deliver a more modern, efficient and reliable bus network that attracts more passengers and gets them where they need to go.”


 

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Under the recontracting process, the market will be asked to submit proposals on how to boost passenger experience, deliver network and operating efficiencies and optimise the transition to zero emissions buses, building on the Government’s $20 million, Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) Trial.

The trial is expected to transition around 4000 diesel buses in the state’s public fleet, including around 2200 in regional Victoria, to zero emissions.

The trial is also fostering local industry partnerships – such as with energy providers and manufacturers – that is said to be needed to achieve the transition across the state.

The government is set to support existing and new operators through the transition to the new contracts, which will commence on 1 July 2025.

The new contracts are expected to bring consistency to commercial arrangements across the metropolitan bus network, in line with the 10-year contracts other operators signed in 2018 and the Metropolitan Bus Franchise signed in 2022.

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