Standard Opal fares will be introduced on the Wollongong Shuttle from January 29, bringing it into line with other local bus routes
Standard Opal fares will be introduced on the Wollongong Shuttle from January 29, bringing it in line with other local bus routes.
The Wollongong Shuttle operates between Wollongong Station and the University of Wollongong via Wollongong Hospital, Burelli Street and the Innovation Campus. Services run every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes after 6pm and on weekends.
“We are committed to creating the best possible bus network in the Illawarra region and that means delivering regular, reliable, comfortable and integrated services to help customers get from A to B,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson says.
The idea is to spread the passenger load more evenly across the network.
“The Wollongong Shuttle has attracted on average 3.3 million customers each year for the last five years,” the spokesperson says.
“However, this has also resulted in complaints of overcrowding while its cost to the taxpayers has continued to grow.
“We also know through surveys that some customers choose not to use their closest bus service in favour of the free shuttle.
“Introducing a fare on the Wollongong Shuttle will encourage these customers to make use of the other services available to them, helping to spread the load across these services for the benefit of the entire network.”
The University of Wollongong also runs free shuttles for students between North Wollongong and Wollongong stations.
Any additional revenue received as a result of this change will be reinvested in the local network to make improvements when and where they are needed.
Above: The Woolongong Shuttle fare aims to spread patronage more evenly across the region’s network