DECEMBER ISSUE 364
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.