Commuting to work could be about to get a whole lot easier with the trial of a new shuttle bus service that picks people up from their homes and drops them at a train station.
The service will be trialled in Sydney and on the NSW Central Coast, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced yesterday.
Mr Constance said the purpose of the service was to reduce congestion in commuter carparks.
“We’re a Government that’s built 6000 car parks, but it’s still not enough. Ultimately we’re trying to use every means available to try to ease the pressure on our commuter car parks, on our roads,” he said.
“If you’ve got eight people in a mini bus that’s far more effective than having eight cars on the road.”
The service will operate based on demand in the Northern Beaches, in the Sutherland Shire, the Eastern Suburbs, Wetherill Park and Greystanes, Edmondson Park in Sydney’s south west and the Central Coast. Trips will cost between $2.60 and $5.00 and the number of buses will vary according to region.
There will also be a station-to-hospital shuttle trialled in Bankstown. Other regional locations are reportedly also being considered for a second trial.
Passengers will be able to book a shuttle bus on the phone, online or via an app on their smart phone.
The trial is set to run for six months but could be extended to 24 months.
The service will be provided by private sector contractors with some offered during the morning and evening peaks, and others available continually from 6am to 10pm,The Daily Telegraph reported.
It comes as the NSW government’s Greater Sydney Commission, chaired by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife, Lucy Turnbull, has started planning to alleviate some of the city’s working and commuting infrastructure problems by the year 2056. But for those battling commuter chaos today, the deadline means that most of them will never experience the benefits of the completed project.
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