Public Transport Corporation

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Green and Gold The Met logo from the 1990s
Tangerine V/Line logo from the 1980s

The Public Transport Corporation was a State Government of Victoria-owned corporate body formed under the Transport Act 1983[1] which operated passenger and freight trains, trams and bus services.

The Corporation was also responsible for directly operating some bus services and procuring bus services from private operators. The Public Transport Corporation was established on 1 July 1989 as a result of the passage and commencement of the Transport (Amendment) Act 1989 to manage the responsibilities of the State Transport Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. In suburban Melbourne it traded as The Met while in regional Victoria it operated as V/Line.

The operational rail activities of the corporation were franchised in 1999 by the Kennett Government through the intermediary of a new agency, the Director of Public Transport, a statutory office within the Department of Transport. The director was required to enter into franchise agreements with private rail and tram companies for the on-the-ground delivery of public transport services. The land and infrastructure assets of the Public Transport Corporation were transferred to another new agency, VicTrack, who then leased those assets to the Director of Public Transport, which in turn sub-leased the assets to the new private operators.


V/Line branded train in 1993
V/Line Freight livered X43

The Public Transport Corporation was initially established under changes made to the Transport Act 1983 by the Transport (Amendment) Act 1989. The statutory changes abolished the former State Transport Authority and Metropolitan Transit Authority thereby creating the Public Transport Corporation in its place. The functions of the Corporation were an amalgamation of those of its two predecessors. The green and gold livery on vehicles was retained, though with a new double arrow logo.

The Public Transport Corporation was subject to the control and general direction of the former Director-General of Transport initially and then later to the Secretary to the Department of Transport and, ultimately, the Minister for Transport. A 14-member Public Transport Corporation Board was appointed by the Minister to provide advice to the Chief Executive of the Corporation. The Chief Executive of the Corporation before its responsibilities were assumed by the Director of Public Transport was Ian Dobbs.


Franchising of the Victoria Public Transport Corporation commenced under the Kennett Government of the 1990s. Some of the bus operations were in December 1993 with the balance to April 1998. V/Line was split into Passenger and Freight divisions and The Met was divided into Hillside Trains, Bayside Trains, Swanston Tram and Yarra Trams.

These separate bodies were all franchised separately as follows:

The remaining functions of the corporation were transferred to Metlink, later Public Transport Victoria

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  1. ^ The name of this Act was changed from 1 July 2010 to the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 as a result of the passage and commencement of the Transport Integration Act 2010. Victorian transport authorities are now primarily created by that Act and the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act is essentially now a support statute to the Transport Integration Act.
Preceded by
State Transport Authority
Passenger rail in Victoria
Succeeded by
V/Line Passenger
Freight rail in Victoria
Succeeded by
Freight Victoria
Preceded by
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Buses in Melbourne
Succeeded by
National Bus Company
Melbourne Bus Link
Railways in Melbourne
Succeeded by
Connex Melbourne
Trams in Melbourne
Succeeded by
Yarra Trams