Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti today announced major benefits for bus customers in the Drummoyne electorate with Transit Systems winning the competitive tender to operate bus services in the Inner West.
“If you catch a bus locally in the Inner West or into the city, you’ll notice the new operator start to boost services on some of the most popular local routes by the end of the year,” Mr Sidoti said.
“From day one of the contract on 1 July, you’ll see on demand mini-bus services introduced around Canada Bay and Concord.
“Imagine ordering a bus to a nearby pick-up point and tailoring where you want it to take you, connecting to nearby train stations or bus stops to catch regular services,” he said.
Popular routes that will have service increases within six months of the new operator:
- Route 461: Burwood to the City – around 180 extra weekly services
- Route 504: Chiswick to the City – around 50 extra weekly services
- Route 438: Abbotsford to the City – around 80 extra weekly services
“More service boosts on key routes will be progressively introduced over the first four years, with an extra 4.8 million of bus service kilometres – that’s a 21 per cent increase across the entire Inner West by the end of 2021.
“All these extra kilometres of bus services mean eventually customers will rely on turn up and go services – you won’t even need a timetable.”
Mr Sidoti said Transit Systems is an experienced operator that already operates some Western Sydney bus services, with the best on time running result in Sydney for the past two years.
“This is an experienced operator who has proven they know how to run reliable bus services and focus on making their customers’ journeys better,” he said.
Transit Systems will begin running Inner West bus services on 1 July 2018. The new contract is for eight years, with a review after five years to ensure reliability and customer service commitments are being met.
All Award staff will be offered jobs with Transit Systems with an 18-month employment guarantee.
Timetables, routes, fares, concessions and bus stops will continue to be regulated by the government, and all existing buses and other assets such as depots will remain government controlled.
Transit Systems will work closely with customers and the community to ensure they have plenty of information about how and when these improvements will be delivered.