PT Problem of the Day: Skybus overcrowded – if only we had an airport train!

POTD: Crowding on Skybus

Despite upgrades to long (bendy) buses and a service every ten minutes at most times of day, Skybus still gets overcrowded. Some services have large numbers of passengers having to stand as the bus speeds along the freeway from the airport to the CBD. At times, buses have to leave passengers behind to catch the next service.

The state government has allocated money to plan an airport rail link, which would provide more capacity, but so far there is no guarantee of construction money. Oddly they are prioritising a rail link to the much quieter Avalon airport instead.

(Note: it’s a common view that the Citylink contract prohibits passenger rail to Melbourne Airport, but this is not the case.)

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