THE CITY of Greater Bendigo hopes live bus timetabling will go ahead in Bendigo despite the system being scrapped in Melbourne.
The state government abandoned its bus tracking plans for Melbourne, at a cost the opposition put at $2 million.
But City of Greater Bendigo director presentation and assets Darren Fuzzard said on Monday a similar system – which he said was critical to the Mitchell Street works – may still go ahead.
“The bus stop waiting area in the mall is a minute’s walk to further bus stops,” he said.
“The real-time information would allow people to wait there in comfort and know how many minutes it would take for a bus to arrive.
“They could wait away from the bus stop without concern they’d miss it.
“That’s why it’s important.
“It’s critical to having the full solution.”
Mr Fuzzard said the council would look at other live timetabling systems and make recommendations to Public Transport Victoria about how that could be implemented.
He said a different system had always been planned for Bendigo, which he said now looked almost certain to be delayed.
“We’re going to do the groundwork for Public Transport Victoria,” Mr Fuzzard said.
“We want to get that happening sooner rather than later.
“From a positive perspective it could mean real-time traffic information is introduced in Bendigo before the wider Melbourne network, which could really be something for us.”
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said she was concerned the system had been abandoned.
"I think residents and traders and shoppers would be very concerned that Denis Napthine has scrapped this bus tracking system, which is an important part of the Mitchell Street redevelopment," she said.
But Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum said it was unrelated to what was happening in Bendigo.
"They events of recent days in Melbourne have nothing to do with the progress in Mitchell Street," he said.
"But yes, live timetabling is a critical part of the Mitchell Street project and I imagine it will be an area of concern until they nail down exactly what type of technology they are going to use."