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01 Jul 2020
Capacity Increases On Public Transport

Capacity on public transport will increase across the network today, but customers are being reminded to stay safe and continue to practice physical distancing.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said while NSW is in a position to allow more customers back on to the network important safety measures are still in place.

“Everyone has done a really great job so far, and this is about continuing to keep all of us safe. We still need customers to leave a space or an empty seat between themselves and others,” Mr Constance said.

“More green dots have been rolled out to show people the safest places to sit and stand. Remember no green dot, no spot.

“My message to everyone is if you feel unwell please don’t get on public transport. If you have a sniffle or a cough stay home and get tested.”

Mr Constance said customers will still need to consider all their travel options before making their journey.

“If people can work from home or travel outside peak hours we need them to keep doing that. For those who live close to their workplace we really encourage them to walk or cycle instead.

“We’ll also continue to have hundreds of extra staff and thousands of temporary services to support customers as they return to the public transport network.

“Our enhanced cleaning regime will continue, with more than 1100 extra cleaners now out in force across the network working around the clock to help keep customers COVID safe,” Mr Constance said.

Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said with up to 10,000 people being welcomed back to some stadiums this week, everyone should consider how they will get to and from venues.

“We know people are eager to get back into stadiums to support their teams but we really need them to plan ahead at transportnsw.info and think about their travel options,” Mr Collins said.

“There is reduced capacity on public transport to support physical distancing and queues for services may be lengthy so we want people to consider walking between key transport hubs and venues where possible.

“If you can, consider catching a taxi or rideshare service, or driving to the stadiums where possible so those who need to use public transport can use the services safely.

“We’d also like to remind customers when using taxis or rideshare services to please sit in the back seat to protect yourself and the driver.”

Mr Collins said people should plan ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time.

“Getting to and from the game won’t be the same as the last time you did it – we really need everyone to consider their travel options.

“Additional measures will be in place to safely manage crowds as they leave the precincts but people are reminded to be patient and practise physical distancing while our staff work hard to get you home safely,” Mr Collins said.

“We are all in this together so we want our customers to keep making smart choices and working with us so we can continue to slow the spread.”