Kinetic Melbourne is a bus operator in Melbourne, Australia, operating a fleet of 531 buses on 43 bus routes, as well as seven SmartBus routes. It commenced operations on 31 January 2022, taking over all routes previously operated by Transdev Melbourne. It is a subsidiary of the Kinetic Group.

Kinetic Melbourne
Kinetic Melbourne's Fitzroy North bus depot in March 2023
ParentKinetic Group
Commenced operation31 January 2022
Service areaMelbourne
Service typeBus operator
Fitzroy North
Sunshine West
Fleet567 (February 2023)[1]

History Edit

Volgren bodied Scania K320UB on Lonsdale Street in August 2022

In October 2021, the Victorian Department of Transport awarded Kinetic Melbourne a contract to operate the Melbourne Bus Franchise until June 2031.[2][3][4] It commenced operations on 31 January 2022.

In August 2023, Kinetic announced that it has agreed to acquire the two bus routes (routes 510 and 512) operated by Moreland Buslines, along with ten buses.[5]

Services Edit

Kinetic Melbourne took over the operation of 50 routes spanning Melbourne's metropolitan area,[6] which include 3 SmartBus Orbital routes and the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) routes.

Fleet Edit

Custom Coaches bodied Scania L94UB at Box Hill in March 2022

Kinetic Melbourne commenced operations with 531 buses transferred from Transdev Melbourne.[6]

As part of the contract, 36 zero-emissions buses will be introduced to the fleet by mid-2025 and 341 of the 531 buses will be replaced with low to zero-emissions buses.[2]

As at February 2023, the fleet consists of 567 buses.[1] Most buses are painted in the Public Transport Victoria livery, except for SmartBus liveried buses that have retained this livery for use on SmartBus routes.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Kinetic Melbourne". Australian Bus Fleet Lists (Bus Australia). Archived from the original on 15 March 2023. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b New bus franchise to jump start zero-emission pledge Department of Transport
  3. ^ Kinetic wins Victorian Government Contract to run a third of Melbourne's bus network Kinetic Group 5 October 2021
  4. ^ Melbourne Bus Contract Delivers Volgren Jobs Boost Australasian Bus & Coach 17 November 2021
  5. ^ "Kinetic expands Melbourne operation with additional government-contracted bus routes". Kinetic. 15 August 2023. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  6. ^ a b About Archived 29 January 2022 at the Wayback Machine Kinetic Melbourne