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Melbourne's public transport is getting a boost, with an extra 95 weekly train services added to the network in a move to reduce crowding on peak-time services and slow the spread of COVID-19.
From Monday, the Sunbury, Craigieburn, Werribee, Mernda, Dandenong, Ringwood and Glen Waverley lines will get an extra two services per weekday, on either side of the morning and afternoon peak periods.
A near-empty tram travels along St Kilda Road in Melbourne. More people working from home could see demand for public transport fall. CREDITANIEL POCKETT
The extra services will run during the shoulders of the peak periods: between 6-7am and 9-10am, and from 3pm to 4pm or after 6pm.
The Frankston and Sandringham lines will get an extra 10 services a week from July 27, once level crossing removal works on the Frankston line are finished.
The Hurstbridge line will see five new services each week.
The congested tram route along Collins Street will get desperately needed relief, with the addition of new shuttle routes.
E-Class trams will run from Collins Street in the city to St George's Road in Preston, via Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, once during the weekday peak periods.
A second tram shuttle from Victoria Harbour in the Docklands to St Vincent's Plaza in East Melbourne via Collins Street will run services all day, from 6am to midnight from Monday to Thursday and until 1am on Friday and Saturday
Route 30, which runs from East Melbourne and the Docklands via La Trobe Street, will now be replaced with Route 12, to boost capacity on La Trobe Street.
Bus commuters will also be able to board through all doors over the next two years, with transactions on buses permanently removed from July 13, requiring commuters to travel with a valid myki.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au