‘HOLD DA BUS’ - ANDERSON HAILS ARRIVAL OF ON-DEMAND PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced Tamworth is one of seven new locations chosen for the NSW Government’s latest On Demand transport trials, providing a whole new level of choice and flexibility for regional transport customers.

The NSW Government is currently trialing On-Demand public transport pilots across Sydney and greater metropolitan areas but Mr Anderson said this latest set of trials will be different.

“On Demand public transport enables locals to book a vehicle like a mini bus to pick you up from home or a convenient nearby location, and take you to a local transport hub or point of interest. 

“This is public transport at a time that suits you, arriving where and when people need them so they can manage their own time without being over-reliant on their car. Booking an On Demand vehicle is as easy as using a phone or making a reservation online.

“The demand responsive service will be an integrated transport solution linking residents from Moore Creek to the Tamworth urban area providing an ‘end to end and first mile/last mile’ journeys.  A workers service and Saturday service will also be available.

“The Workers Service is a pre-booked service to transport passengers, on work days, from a number of congregation points in Moore Creek to the passenger’s place of work in Tamworth and surrounds in the morning and a similar return service in the evening.

“By collaborating with local transport operators and local business, these trials will not only provide new transport solutions but also stimulate economic growth in Tamworth.

“We’ve seen great success with existing trials in metropolitan areas with more than 150,000 passenger trips in less than a year and we can’t wait to see these numbers grow across the state.

“In NSW, the uptake of on demand services is one of the fastest growing in the world with the program recognised as one of the most geographically unique. This latest addition of trials means the diversity of services we are offering is yet to be matched worldwide.

“The new On Demand trial for Tamworth is expected to start in early 2019, with more detail to be published closer to the launch date,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Macphersons coaches will use two vehicles to operate the full range of services on offer. Customers can expect to pay a standard fare starting from $4.40 and the existing Regional Excursion Daily (RED) tickets for seniors and pensioners will be accepted.

The Saturday service is a pre-booked service to transport passengers, from their home or close by in Moore Creek to the Riverside Sporting Fields, Longyard Sporting Precinct and Tamworth CBD.

The overarching objective of the NSW Government’s On Demand Transport Pilot Program is to test and learn through the delivery of temporary pilots new and creative transport services. 

 

FAST FACTS

Macphersons Tamworth Pty Ltd will schedule two buses for the trial: one 44+ passenger seat vehicle and one 18 passenger seat vehicle.

– On demand service linking the growth area of Moore Creek to Tamworth         The Pilot Project will provide ‘end to end and first mile/last mile’ journeys. 

The Pilot Project involves 3 discrete services:

  • Workers service: A pre-booked service to transport passengers, on work days, from a number of congregation points in Moore Creek to the passenger’s place of work in Tamworth and surrounds in the morning and a similar return service in the evening.
  • On demand service: An on demand service to transport passengers, on work days, from their home or close by in Moore Creek to Tamworth and return throughout the day.
  • Saturday service: A pre-booked service to transport passengers, on Saturdays, from their home or close by in Moore Creek to the Riverside Sporting Fields, Longyard Sporting Precinct and Tamworth CBD.

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