While al­ready un­der­way in some met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas, de­mand-re­spon­sive trans­port tri­als are now set to branch out

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The NSW Gov­ern­ment has launched ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the first set of pub­lic trans­port tri­als to bring trans­port di­rectly to the com­muter.

Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture An­drew Con­stance says on- de­mand will play a big part in the fu­ture of pub­lic trans­port and it was crit­i­cal to bring that fu­ture to ru­ral and re­gional NSW.

“In­stead of re­ly­ing on timeta­bles, on- de­mand brings trans­port to you – when you want, and where you want,” Con­stance says. “This is a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for in­dus­try to part­ner with gov­ern­ment to im­prove and per­son­alise trans­port all over the state.”

Deputy Premier John Bar­i­laro says that while the NSW Gov­ern­ment is tri­alling on­de­mand ser­vices across Syd­ney, this call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est is fo­cused specif­i­cally on ru­ral and re­gional NSW.

Bar­i­laro says the tri­als could in­clude con­nect­ing ser­vices to ex­ist­ing trans­port hubs, schools, uni­ver­si­ties, hos­pi­tals or places of in­ter­est.

“This trial is all about putting the trans­port cus­tomer at the cen­tre of the sys­tem,” Bar­i­laro says.

“We want to pro­vide a new model of trans­port for ru­ral and re­gional NSW that sat­is­fies the in­di­vid­ual and unique needs of lo­cal towns and ru­ral cities.

“I re­ally would like to see re­gional com­pa­nies putting their hand up for this trial, be­cause of­ten it’s coun­try busi­nesses who know best how to de­liver for coun­try peo­ple.

“Not only do we want to hear from lo­cal in­no­va­tors, we also want to hear from ru­ral and re­gional bus, com­mu­nity trans­port and taxi op­er­a­tors, those who know the lo­cal area and un­der­stand what lo­cal trans­port cus­tomers need.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the ru­ral and re­gional on- de­mand trans­port tri­als will be re­leased on the NSW e-ten­der­ing web­site, with re­sponses from in­dus­try due in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Fol­low­ing an eval­u­a­tion pe­riod, all pi­lots are ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by the end of 2018.

Pic­tured: Re­gional NSW will have a role to play in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of on-de­mand pub­lic trans­port

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