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West­ern Syd­ney pub­lic trans­port users are tak­ing part in Australia’s largest-ever trial of de­mand-re­spon­sive bus ser­vices. Pri­vately owned busi­ness Tran­sit Sys­tems ac­quired de­mand-re­spon­sive tech­nol­ogy plat­form Bridj, which de­liv­ers the soft­ware be­hind the tech­nol­ogy. It will an­a­lyse de­mand and pro­vide bus ser­vices based on that de­mand to a key West­ern Syd­ney em­ploy­ment precinct. Cur­rently, most of the 20,000 work­ers in the in­dus­trial es­tate drive to work us­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cles due to lack of pub­lic trans­port op­tions. Five 16-seat Iveco Daily shut­tle buses will ser­vice the Wether­ill Park and Fair­field em­ploy­ment precincts us­ing routes and fre­quen­cies de­ter­mined by cus­tomer de­mand.


Bustech pre­sented its first XDi bus to Metro Tas­ma­nia re­cently, with 99 still to come. While the first Bustech bus was de­liv­ered all the way from Queens­land, the re­main­ing 99 that have been or­dered will be built on the is­land over the next three years. The El­phin­stone crew as­sem­bled the ve­hi­cle in Queens­land in readi­ness for Tas­ma­nian pro­duc­tion of the re­main­ing 99 buses.

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