|Colac-Lorne Bus to Run Daily for 8 Weeks Over Summer|
|A new trial bus service between Colac and Lorne will run five times daily for eight weeks over the summer period. |
The new service, launched today by Hon. Peter Batchelor, Minister for Community Development, was developed through Transport Connections in partnership with Colac Otway Shire and Surf Coast Shire, to assist with local employment options over summer.
Colac Otway’s Transport Connections Project Co-ordinator, Trina Ebeling, said the service would commence on 22 December, 2008.
“The Colac to Lorne trial bus service includes the townships of Birregurra and Deans Marsh, and will operate five times a day, seven days a week for eight weeks to suit hospitality and tourism industry hours,” Ms Ebeling said.
“The timetable will provide transport for both tourists and local residents over the summer period through connections to V/Line trains and the Colac City Bus.”
“If this trial service attracts sufficient users, it may become a regular fixture in Victoria's public transport system - The challenge is to make everyone aware of the new service and to encourage people to use it.”
Fares for the service from Colac to Lorne will be $4.40 per single with return, 10 trip and weekly tickets also available. Other fares including Colac to Birregurra at $2.50 per single, Colac to Deans Marsh $2.80, Lorne to Birregurra $3.10, Lorne to Deans Marsh $2.50 and Birregurra to Deans Marsh $1.80. Brochures detailing all fares and the full timetable are available at Colac Otway Shire Customer Service Centre, Rae Street, Colac.
Children under the age of 4 travel free. Concession fares are available to children over 4 and under 15. Concession cards are also available to full-time secondary students (15 years and over) and full-time tertiary students (evidence must be provided), and to pensioners on presentation of a current Victorian Government Transport Concession Card (e.g. Seniors card, Health Care card, Pensioners card, etc.).
“People departing from Colac and Lorne can purchase tickets from the driver on board the bus, and those departing from Birregurra and Deans Marsh can reserve a seat by phoning 0427 523 395.”
“The trial is the result of extensive community consultation and a successful grant application for the Bringing Communities Together Transport Connections program, a joint initiative between Colac Otway and Surf Coast Shires and the Victorian Government.”
For train, tram and bus information phone 131 638 or visit www.viclink.com.au. For more information about the Transport Connections Project, please contact Trina Ebeling on 5232 9420 (Monday to Thursday) or email email@example.com.
November 7, 2008