Melbourne’s busiest bus street, Lonsdale Street, has a bus every minute or two. By my estimate, based on looking at the Melway (because there is still no system-wide PT map available) and checking a few timetables, between the peaks on weekdays, on the busiest section of Elizabeth Street to Russell Street, we have… routes 200/201/203/205/207: 9 per hour; routes 250/251/253: 6 per hour; the Smartbuses 16 per hour; route 605: 3 per hour (eastbound only); infrequent routes 302/305/309: 4 per hour = 38 buses per hour.
So it’s ridiculous that it doesn’t have full time bus lanes.
But it’s doubly ridiculous that outside peak times, they’ve set it up to allow cars to park in the bus stops, including right in front of the bus shelters (which appears to discourage their use).
Way to rub people’s noses in it while they wait for a bus.