Yarra trams transports hundreds of thousands of passengers to Melbourne's major events

Keolis Downer, operator of Yarra Trams, is currently delivering services to peak patronage across its network, with Melbourne’s major events season underway.

Keolis Downer enters the playing field with the Australian Open    

Each year Yarra Trams transport hundreds of thousands of passengers to some of Australia’s premier events, including the Formula One Grand Prix, White Night Melbourne and the Australian Open tennis.

More than 743,000 tennis fans from across the world flocked to the Australian Open, a record attendance for the event. During the two weeks of the tournament, Melbourne’s tram network was on show to the world, transporting more than 488,000 passenger trips to and from the tennis.

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    tram services ran throughout the White night

Yarra Trams pulls an all-nighter to serve passengers 

During the White Night Melbourne festival, which ran from 7pm Saturday 19 February to 7am the following morning, almost 7,000 tram services ran throughout the night to ensure passengers could get to and from the all-night event.

Trams ran at a five to 10 minute frequency during peak periods to keep people moving, with service changes in place to keep the city centre open for the major event. The successful service delivery during these events is due to forward planning and the hard work of the officers and employees on the ground, as well as collaboration across the depots and the Operations Centre.

During the Formula One Grand Prix at the end of March 2018, Melbourne’s tram network will be the main mode of public transport to get hundreds of thousands of people to the event. Last year we transported 85 per cent of the Grand Prix crowd, transporting more than 230,000 passenger trips.