Stan­dard Opal fares will be in­tro­duced on the Wol­lon­gong Shut­tle from Jan­uary 29, bring­ing it into line with other lo­cal bus routes

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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

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