|Commenced operation||4 August 2013|
|Service type||Bus operator|
|Fleet||507 (July 2014)|
Transdev Melbourne is an Australian bus operator in Melbourne operating a fleet of over 500 buses on 45 routes. It commenced operations in August 2013, taking over all Melbourne Bus Link and National Bus Company routes, as well three SmartBus routes. It operates approximately 30% of Melbourne's bus network. It is a subsidiary of Transdev.
Most of Transdev Melbourne's routes were operated by the Public Transport Corporation until the 1990s. In December 1993 the Doncaster and Fitzroy North depots and associated services were transferred to National Bus Company, formed by Westbus proprietors Jim Bosnjak and sister in law Carol. In May 1999 the Bosnjaks sold the business to National Express Group and again in September 2004 to Ventura Bus Lines. The remaining Public Transport Corporation services remained in public ownership until privatised in April 1998 with Dyson Group and Reservoir Bus Company forming Melbourne Bus Link to take over the services operating out of Footscray and Sandringham depots.
In June 2012 Public Transport Victoria called for expressions of interest for the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise with 30% of the city's bus network, currently operated by Melbourne Bus Link, National Bus Company and three SmartBus routes, to be put to tender. From ten expressions received, a shortlist of five bidders was selected in August 2012 with FirstGroup, Keolis Downer Rail, National Bus Company (Ventura), Transit Systems, and Transdev invited to tender. In April 2013 Transdev were awarded the franchise, with operations commencing on 4 August 2013. The franchise will run for seven years with an option to extend for a further three years.
Transdev Melbourne originally took over the operation of 52 routes spanning Melbourne's metropolitan area, separated into three groups: 40 Eastern routes, nine Western routes and three SmartBus Orbital routes. It also operates 122 school bus services across metropolitan Melbourne.:14
On 27 July 2014, a number of routes run by Transdev were realigned and reallocated to operate under a new timetable. This included additions and the removal of some services from the original 52 routes since the take-over.
- 200 City - Queen St → Bulleen via Kew Junction
- 207 City - Queen St → Westfield Doncaster
- 215 Highpoint SC → Caroline Springs
- 216 Caroline Springs (Burnside) → Brighton Beach via Footscray, City
- 219 Sunshine South → Gardenvale via Footscray, City
- 220 Sunshine → Gardenvale via Footscray, City
- 223 Highpoint SC → Yarraville (Williamstown Rd) via Footscray
- 232 City - Queen Victoria Market → Altona North via West Gate Freeway
- 234 City - Queen Victoria Market → Garden City
- 235 City - Queen Victoria Market → Fishermans Bend
- 236 City - Queen Victoria Market → Garden City
- 237 City - Queen Victoria Market → Fishermans Bend
- 246 Elsternwick → Clifton Hill via St Kilda Junction
- 250 City - Queen St → La Trobe University via Clifton Hill
- 251 City - Queen St → Northland Shopping Centre via Clifton Hill
- 270 Box Hill → Mitcham
- 271 Box Hill → Ringwood via Park Orchards
- 273 The Pines SC → Nunawading Station via Springvale Rd
- 279 Box Hill → Templestowe Shops & Westfield Doncaster
- 280 Manningham loop (Clockwise) via Tunstall Square, Doncaster
- 281 Templestowe Shops → Deakin University via Box Hill
- 282 Manningham loop (Anti-Clockwise) via Templestowe Shops, Doncaster
- 284 Doncaster Park & Ride → Box Hill
- 285 Doncaster Park & Ride → Camberwell
- 293 Box Hill → Greensborough via Westfield Doncaster
- 295 Westfield Doncaster → The Pines SC
- 302 City - Lonsdale St → Box Hill via Eastern Freeway, Belmore Rd
- 304 City - Lonsdale St → Westfield Doncaster via Eastern Freeway, Belmore Rd
- 305 City - Lonsdale St → The Pines SC via Eastern Fwy, Andersons Creek Rd
- 309 City - Queen St → Donvale via Eastern Freeway & Reynolds Rd
- 318 City - Lonsdale St → Deep Creek via Eastern Freeway
- 350 City - Queen St → La Trobe University via Eastern Freeway, Oriel Rd
- 364 Ringwood → Warrandyte Reserve via Ringwood North
- 370 Ringwood → Mitcham
- 380 Ringwood → Croydon Loop
- 600 St Kilda → Westfield Southland via Tramway Parade
- 922 St Kilda → Westfield Southland via Hampton St
- 923 St Kilda → Westfield Southland via Brighton Beach
- 901 Melbourne Airport → Frankston
- 902 Airport West → Chelsea Station
- 903 Altona → Mordialloc
- 905 City - Lonsdale St → The Pines SC via Eastern Freeway, Templestowe Shops
- 906 City - Lonsdale St → Warrandyte Bridge via Eastern Freeway, The Pines SC
- 907 City - Lonsdale St → Mitcham via Eastern Freeway, Doncaster Park & Ride
- 908 City - Lonsdale St → The Pines SC via Eastern Freeway, Doncaster Park & Ride
The Public Transport Victoria white and orange diamonds livery is being applied to the former National Bus Company and Melbourne Bus Link buses, while SmartBus liveries will remain the same.
Transdev Melbourne operate from five depots, with two satellite depots. The Eastern network (former National Bus Company) operates out of depots in Doncaster and Fitzroy North, while the Western network (former Melbourne Bus Link) operate depots in Footscray and Sandringham. The SmartBus Orbital fleet operates out of Keysborough depot (formerly owned by Grenda's Bus Service), as well as two interim satellite depots at Dyson's Bus Services in Reservoir, and Tullamarine Bus Lines in Airport West, with a requirement to establish a more permanent storage solution by 2017.:22-26
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- Transdev Melbourne Australian Bus Fleet Lists
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