and there lies the challenge. by using rail passenger vehicles patronage grows which if you read the vline annual reports has been happening steadily across the network for a long time.
two issues facing vline moving forward are what to do with the long haul services. warrnambool, swan hill, bairnsdale, shepparton and albury and mildura (evenutally) as these services cannot and will not be running on vlocity units.
does vline need for sprinter type cars as this would work well in terms of providing additional services on the outer routes. e.g. ballarat to ararat and ballarat to maryborough or ballarat to geelong on an hourly frequency.
First of all, there is nothing 'eventually' about Mildura, there may possibly, one day, be a slim chance of a return of passenger rail, but it is highly unlikely, let alone the sure thing you insinuate.
What do you mean by "does vline need for sprinter type cars"
, they already have the Sprinter cars, they're only 20 years old, they are barely half way through their life cycle, remember the DERMs lasted for the best part of 60+ years (albeit with a couple of refurbishments inbetween)
If you mean though newer single car units, why? What exactly is the point of limiting a service to only 1 carriage? The whole idea of the RFR was to boost patronage on the 4 or 5 main interurban lines, something most people would suggest was pretty successful. If the service is never expected to exceed the capacity of a single carriage where exactley is the advantage over a road coach?
As for "Ballarat - Geelong having an hourly frequency"
? You have got to be kidding, that will not happen. Not at least for the next 100 years anyway.
I think the best possible*
outcome anybody can expect on the topic of the line between Geelong and Mildura is a handful of services each day running between Geelong - Ballarat - Maryborough, running about 3 - 5 times a day.
I agree with others, any service further north of Maryborough should be a coach from either Ballarat, Bendigo or Swan Hill, not Maryborough.* by best possible
I mean exactly that, the best possible outcome, the reality is more likely to be a lot more modest, if anything changes at all.