It’s only a little thing, but this has been spotted: the new design for bus stop signs.
This seems to be a minor revision of signs first seen in 2018 – the PTV logo is back!
Further down the pole, the timetable case and the information with the stop ID (including in Braille) remain – no changes visible there.
It would be a mistake to replace all the old signs unnecessarily, but I like this new design.
- Bus and hail icons instead of (or in addition to) text
- Clearer location info
- Bus operator logo removed
Not so good:
- I agree with those who reckon the moon logo is a little too close to the route number
The new signage has been triggered by the switch of most Night buses from confusing special night-only limited-stops routes to 24-hour (weekend) routes. This will make a big difference to network legibility, and patronage.
The Night Bus changes were originally planned for late-August, but are now expected later in September, alongside other service changes including a new route 202 university “shuttle” service from Victoria Park station to Melbourne Uni.
There are also service boosts to some routes, and (mostly evening) cutbacks on some others. As I understand it, it’s prioritising upgrades and funding where they’re likely to result in higher patronage, against some routes/times which have more services but have consistently shown a lack of patronage.
Fair enough – but the real problem here is that Melbourne’s mostly woeful buses are being starved of funding for large-scale improvements, while billions and billions get thrown at other transport projects, such as NELink.
Hopefully though, the attention being paid to the bus network is a sign of good things to come.