The new 903 Smartbus runs from Mordialloc to Altona, every 8-15 minutes in peak hour, 15 minutes off-peak, 30 minutes evenings and weekends.
I don’t for a moment believe anybody in their right mind will catch it from end to end, but it feeds into most of the city’s rail lines, connects major shopping centres such as Chadstone, Northland and Doncaster Shoppingtown, and will be good for some cross-suburban trips.
It’s not perfect, but it’s a big upgrade. So I think the half-page advert in the local newspaper is probably justified.
But another half-page advert promoting the fact that they’ve added a measly 6 services a day to the 630? Puh-lease.
Be nice if they fixed the weekday 20 minute frequencies that are mismatched with the 15-minute trains it connects to. Or the hopelessly confusing 25 minute frequencies on Saturday mornings. Or the hopelessly infrequent 40 minute frequencies on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. Fixing those might be worth shouting about.
PS. Call me a cynic, and I haven’t got a copy of the old timetable, but the claim that the 1:48pm bus from Elwood is an extra is suspicious, as it would mean that before there was a 40-minute gap in an otherwise 20-minute timetable… I wonder if that one was just an adjusted time that’s been counted as an extra.