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On demand buses hitting the road in Macquarie Park

Key employment region Macquarie Park will be among the first to trial a new On Demand bus service, giving Sydney commuters even more public transport options.

Eight On Demand Transport service pilots will operate in the North West, South West, West, Eastern Suburbs, Northern Beaches, Sutherland Shire and Central Coast, allowing customers to book transport from or near their home to a local transport hub or other centres including local hospitals.

Starting in early 2018, the Macquarie Park pilot will start to operate within 15 kilometres of the precinct to transport workers living in the area. Fares will start at $2.60 and customers will be able to book online, by phone or via an app.

This service will be run by Keolis Downer and use a fleet of eight mini vans, six mini buses and one wheelchair accessible vehicle during weekday peaks and shoulders.

Sydney Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the On Demand trial was an exciting option for people who work in the booming Macquarie Park precinct.

"Since 2011, around 1,400 weekly bus services have been introduced to improve access to Macquarie Park, responding to customer demand and growth.” Ms Prendergast said.

“We need to upgrade the Epping to Chatswood line as part of the Sydney Metro Northwest which will provide state of the art turn-up-and-go services for North West customers in the first half of 2019.

“That’s why last month we announced a $49 million investment that will go to more than 120 new buses, extra buses and thousands of additional bus services that will keep customers moving during the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood line.”

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the On Demand trials were a first for NSW, and would transform the daily commute for people across Sydney.

“We have on demand movies, on demand food, and finally – NSW will have on demand transport,” Mr Constance said.

“This trial is just the start of our transport future in NSW. Imagine not having to check a timetable because you know your service will be there when and where you need it,” Mr Constance said.

The other areas included in the first roll out of on demand trials will be:

  • Bankstown
  • Edmondson Park
  • Northern Beaches
  • Sutherland Shire
  • Manly and Eastern Suburbs
  • Wetherill Park and Greystanes
  • Central Coast

Transport for NSW will use data from the trials to plan future public transport improvements across all areas of Sydney.

All pilots in this trial will provide a standalone service that will not affect any existing local bus services.