A Melbourne developer that launched its own public transport system last year has expanded its services amid heavy demand.
And it might have helped drive the state government to announce a public bus for the area.
MAB and GPC launched Merrifield Connect, a privately-run bus service connecting their Merrifield estate in Mickleham with Craigieburn Station, as well as key shopping and schooling amenities, in January last year.
Late last year they added additional peak hour services — including express runs — to their daily schedule, after more than 250 residents paid the $20 annual fee to access the service. To date it has completed more than 11,000 trips, up to 400 in a week.
The government has since announced an $8.9 million plan to add a bus route for Mickleham to commence this year.
Merrifield community development manager Tennille Bradley-Ow said they hoped the Merrifield bus service had helped prove the need for the public service.
“The growing numbers of bus service users demonstrates a need for locals to be connected to schools, public transport, shopping centres and other essential services,” she said.