Kiss’n’Ride on Thompsons Road Bulleen
Public Transport Victoria is upgrading the public transport car park situated on Thompsons Road Bulleen, near the Eastern Freeway.
An average of 18 bus services per hour travel from this car park during the morning peak, and the upgrade seeks to maximise the number of passengers who can access these bus services.
This car park is to be altered to allow for a four-car drop-off point, or ‘Kiss’n’Ride’, for bus passengers travelling into the CBD in the morning peak. The term ‘Kiss’n’Ride’ comes from the concept of dropping somebody off and kissing them goodbye before they ride the bus to their destination.
Community feedback was sought on the proposed car park design, and 21 responses were received. The majority of respondents stated that they supported the project in full or in principle, or were not opposed to the project. Concerns raised by a minority of respondents included requests for extra car parking spaces, questions about pedestrian access, and traffic management suggestions.
This feedback has been considered and incorporated in the final designs where possible.
About the project
The redesign of the Thompsons Road public transport car park aims to maximise the number of passengers who can access the frequent bus services departing from the car park.
This car park is to be altered to allow for a four-car drop-off point in the morning peak, with separate entry and exit for safe and smooth traffic flow through the “Kiss’n’Ride”. The “Kiss’n’Ride” drop-off zone will operate in the morning peak only – after 10.30 am it will be available for unrestricted parking. The car park will also have space for 13 (plus one disabled) parking spots for cars to be left for longer periods.
The car park redesign includes:
- four-car drop-off point or “Kiss’n’Ride” for the morning peak
- separate entry and exit points for safe and smooth traffic flow
- a new bus stop
- a new, secure access Parkiteer bicycle cage
- improved lighting for the car park and bus stop
- a SmartBus passenger information display providing predicted arrival times for the next SmartBus services
- tactile paving and graded access to the new bus stop to make it easier for people with prams and wheelchairs board buses
- landscaping to replace some young trees and shrubs earmarked for removal as part of the upgrade.
The project is due for completion in late 2013.