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new 340 bus timetable

Postby Melbournetransport » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:59 pm

The 340 and 350 bus services are merging together to make the new 340 bus service, new timetable apply on the 31/12/2011

http://tt.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/tt/TT ... ttb_TP.pdf
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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Bradley » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:33 pm

Hi, Melbournetransport,

That's actually the 2011/12 Holiday Timetables for route 340/350, not the new timetables.

See route 340/350 combined timetables at: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/1891

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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Melbournetransport » Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:23 pm

Bradley wrote:Hi, Melbournetransport,

That's actually the 2011/12 Holiday Timetables for route 340/350, not the new timetables.

See route 340/350 combined timetables at: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/1891

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from jan 7 th 2012 to until further notice

http://tt.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/tt/TT ... ttb_TP.pdf
Next year there be no more 350 bus. :mrgreen:
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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Craig » Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:45 pm

For those unaware of the history of these two routes, both routes run between Federation Square (Russell St) & LaTrobe Uni on weekdays only, using the Eastern Freeway instead of running via Clifton Hill (as per Route 250). Route 350 is a peak version of Route 340, but with stopping restrictions.

Morning peak 350s towards the City only pick up passengers from Waterdale/Crissane Rds to Grange Rd/Christmas St then only set-down passengers from Hoddle Street/Johnston Street - Russell/Flinders Sts (Federation Square), while afternoon peak 350s from the city only PICK-UP passengers before Grange Rd/Christmas St, Fairfield then only SETS-DOWN passengers from Grange Rd/Christmas St to Waterdale/Crissane Rds (the bus stop before Kingsbury Dve), then PICKS-UP and SETS-DOWN from Waterdale/Crissane Rds to Latrobe Uni Interchange. Route 340 runs at other times, with no stopping restrictions.

Peak hour stopping restrictions on 350 were introduced in the first half of 2003 (I have the leaflet somewhere with the exact date). Due to passenger confusion regarding the stopping restrictions, on 19/1/04 the all stops version was renumbered as Route 340. Now we've come full circle, and the stopping restrictions (& Route 350) are being removed.

Judging by the timetables on the Metlink website, they've come up with a complicated way to implement this, in order to remove 350 at the start of 2012:
Friday 23/12/11: last day of the normal timetable
Wednesday 28/12/11 - Friday 30/12/11 : Summer holiday timetable begins, with the stopping restrictions still in place (ie 350 still runs)
Tuesday 3/1/12 - Friday 6/1/12: Summer timetable continues, stopping restrictions now removed (all trips run as 340)
Monday 9/1/12: Normal timetable resumes, all trips now operate as 340
Would be easier to explain to the public if 350 was deleted on 23/12, with the entire summer holiday timetable operated as 340.

Reminds me of the situation a few years ago, when 216 ran to Melton for the first Saturday of the MBL holiday timetable, before this extension was replaced by additional 456 trips. Not only did MBL provide a printed timetable for one day, the following year the receptionist accidentally printed me off another copy with the following holiday timetable period effective dates as a footer, as it was still in MBLs holiday timetable spreadsheet. Collectors item indeed :!:

Bradley - on the combined timetable, you should note the stopping restrictions footnotes are removed on the timetables from 31/12/11 - 6/1/12 & 7/1/12 - 31/12/12.

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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Bradley » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:28 pm

Hi,

Sorry, I wasn't aware of route 340 timetables changes, no longer runs route 350 on 30 December, 2011.

My apologies.

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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Craig » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:20 pm

It would seem the change has now been postponed a couple of weeks to start on January 16 now, based on the Metlink website.

This planned implementation for the changes would now appear to be as follows:
Friday 23/12/11: last day of the normal timetable for 2011
Wednesday 28/12/11 - Friday 6/1/12 : Summer holiday timetable, with the stopping restrictions still in place (ie 350 still runs)
Monday 9/1/12 - 13/1/12: Normal timetable resumes, with the stopping restrictions still in place (ie 350 still runs)
Monday 16/1/12: All trips will run as Route 340

Not sure that's any easier to understand than plan A. Even more confusing, the 350 summer holiday timetable on the website no longer has footnotes regarding stop restrictions. :?

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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Craig » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:34 pm

From the Ventura website:

Ventura wrote:Permanent change for bus routes 340 and 350

Effective Monday, 16 January 2012

Route 350 services will permanently change to run as Route 340.

Buses will pick up and drop off passengers at every stop along the route.


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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Craig » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:52 pm

Craig wrote:Peak hour stopping restrictions on 350 were introduced in the first half of 2003 (I have the leaflet somewhere with the exact date). Due to passenger confusion regarding the stopping restrictions, on 19/1/04 the all stops version was renumbered as Route 340. Now we've come full circle, and the stopping restrictions (& Route 350) are being removed.


I have since located the leaflet - the stopping restrictions came into effect on Tuesday 2nd April 2002, not 2003 as I originally stated.

This leaflet additionally states that the stops along Grange Rd Alphington would no longer be served from this date "due to traffic congestion in the area during peak periods and to improve safety for both passengers and the vehicle". These stops will again be served from Monday judging by the Metlink website. The northbound stops are existing 508 stops.

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Re: new 340 bus timetable

Postby Mike M » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:24 pm

New pocket timetable for Route 340 (City to La Trobe University via Eastern Fwy) picked up at the Met Shop today effective 16 January 2012 - Timetable 16 v.2 (Jan 12).
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