About Public Transport Victoria
PTV sits with VicRoads, VicTrack and V/Line and parts of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) under Transport for Victoria (TFV).
We work together with our partners to deliver a simpler, more coordinated transport system for Victoria. At PTV, our vision is to deliver a safe and inclusive public transport network that all Victorians choose to use.
We focus foremost on network users, ensuring Victorians and visitors can connect to services across our state using public transport, while enabling a prosperous and sustainable Victoria.
Our team develops and nurtures a strong, vibrant culture encouraging innovation to drive a high performing organisation. We build on the hard work, passion and creativity of our people to promote excellence in our industry, and greater mobility for all Victorians.
Revitalisation of Acland Street
Acland Street is one of Melbourne’s most loved and locally enriched streets – an iconic location in St Kilda. The precinct is known for its bohemian lifestyle, historical links to music, the arts and its quirky atmosphere.
The street is revered by locals and frequented by visitors from around Australia and abroad. However, the streetscape had not been refurbished since 1994, and visitation has been declining in recent years.
PTV seized the opportunity to work collaboratively with the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams to build a new level-access tram terminus, as part of the revitalisation of Acland Street.
To make the project a success, it was vital that feedback from local traders, residents and visitors was used to shape the final design of the tram terminus and plaza.
Before beginning construction, PTV and the City of Port Phillip consulted extensively with the community in 2013 and 2015.
The final design chosen was a dual platform level-access terminus that's fully integrated with the adjacent footpath, speeding up access in and out of Acland Street for passengers.
A key feature of the design was retaining the iconic Acland Street palm trees while modernising the street scape to include architectural pavement and street furniture, upgraded street lighting and de-cluttering aerial power lines. During construction in 2016, crews worked around the clock to complete more than 22,000 hours of work. At the end of the construction blitz, Acland Street was unveiled with an integrated community space and a more accessible tram service for passengers that take 30,000 trips each week.
The level-access terminus matches up with low floor E-Class trams that run on Route 96, creating a more accessible and convenient way for passengers with restricted mobility to board or disembark the tram. The Victorian Government has ordered 80 E-Class trams which have more myki readers, improved passenger information and space for more than 200 passengers.
The pedestrian plaza provides open public space that is safer and more accessible to visitors and passengers, meaning more people can visit the iconic shopping strip than ever before.
The Acland Street Upgrade Project was commended at the Place Leaders Awards for demonstrating how different levels of government can work together with the private sector and the local community to create better outcomes for everyone.
PTV is continuing to work with other councils around metropolitan Melbourne to capitalise on opportunities to transform public transport infrastructure into a shared place for the local community.