system improver wrote:I wonder if CDC is still interested in building buses.
CDC is the only name I can think of for buying both GTM and Volgren as one - CDC taking over the transit operations while ComfortDelGro Engineering takes on Volgren. That said, I'm not sure if DoT would be keen on one very large operator taking over another very large operator, especially given the 'natural' growth that both GTM and CDC can expect as the outer west and outer south-east suburbs expand further; there may be a "four pillars" policy about to develop amongst Melbourne's buses where Ventura, GTM, CDC and Dyson's are discouraged from merging themselves and instead guided towards taking over smaller operators (not that there's many small operators left to take over). MTR may see some value both in terms of building a presence that is not as vulnerable to government whim and in terms of being able to quickly and easily augment Metro's busiest rail corridors with buses until such time that the investment is made to expand them (such as triplicating Caulfield-Dandenong). Keolis may also take a similar view, albeit without the ability to blend bus and tram operations. Veolia may see GTM as a way to get back in the Victorian transport game, while other large multinational operators may view GTM as a means to get into Victoria to start off with.