Kastoria Bus Lines

Kastoria Bus Lines is a bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Australia. It operates five routes under contract to Public Transport Victoria. It is owned by Northern Transit Holdings, which also operates Broadmeadows Bus Service, Nationwide Tours and Seymour Bus Lines.[1]

Kastoria Bus Lines
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Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE in December 2014
ParentNorthern Transit Holdings
Commenced operationMay 1964
HeadquartersWestmeadows
Service areaNorth-Western Melbourne
Service typeBus operator
Routes5
Fleet83 (February 2022)
Chief executiveDom Sita
Websitewww.kastoria.com.au

HistoryEdit

In 1964, the Spyrou and Sikavitsas families purchased routes 475, 476, 477 and 479 from Barnes Bus Lines and formed Kastoria Bus Lines.

In January 1971, the company was split, with the Spyrou gaining full control of Kastoria Bus Lines with routes 475 and 476, and the Sikavitsas family taking 477 and 479 to form Tullamarine Bus Lines. In May 1973, Kastoria Bus Lines acquired route 501.

Devesons Bus & Coach Service was acquired in October 1979. Coaches are operated under the Nationwide Tours brand.[2]

In August 2009, the Spyrou family sold Kastoria Bus Lines to Dominic Sita, son of the Sita Buslines's founder George Sita.[3][4][5] Kastoria Bus Lines has since been reorganised under Northern Transit Holdings, along with other Dominic Sita's bus businesses, including Broadmeadows Bus Service which was acquired in 2011.[6][7]

FleetEdit

As of February 2022, the fleet consisted of 83 buses and coaches.[8] The fleet livery is blue and white.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Welcome to Kastoria Bus Lines Kastoria Bus Lines
  2. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 30.
  3. ^ Sita Group to buy out Kastoria Bus Lines Australasian Bus & Coach 22 July 2009
  4. ^ Kastoria Bus Lines Australian Bus Panorama issue 25/4 January 2010 page2 6-17
  5. ^ Generation Next - Kastoria Buslines Australasian Bus & Coach 28 October 2018
  6. ^ Northern Transit Holdings - Broadmeadows Bus Service Australian Bus Fleet Lists 12 January 2013
  7. ^ Sita buys Broadmeadows Australasian Bus & Coach 1 June 2011
  8. ^ Northern Transit Holdings - Kastoria Bus Lines Australian Bus Fleet Lists

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kastoria Bus Lines at Wikimedia Commons