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