Invicta #44: TeleBus 30 year anniversary

Invicta #44 (Dennis Dart SLF, Volgren) wears a special livery marking 30 years of their TeleBus service, seen here running an Area 4 service at Croydon Station. (25/11/2008) (MIck Kane)

24 October 1977 saw Invicta (Croydon Bus Service) introduce their first TeleBus route in Lilydale and Chrinside Park in Melbourne’s then booming outer east, now one of the world’s longest running demand-responsive bus services.

In addition to regular bus stops, passengers may phone-up to arrange a pick-up at home if they live in the designated area or ask the driver to set them down at home. Home bookings attract a small surcharge on top of the usual myki fare.

During the 1980s and 1990s the service was expanded into Mooroolbark, Croydon Hills, Lilydale East and Rowville, with most of these areas still running today.

In 2007 Invicta celebrated three decades of TeleBus operation with a special anniversary livery on #44 (Dennis Dart SLF, Volgren).