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“WORLD-CLASS trans­port op­er­a­tors” are now in­vited to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est for the last re­main­ing NSW gov­ern­ment-con­trolled bus re­gions, Trans­port for NSW (TfNSW) has an­nounced.

The ten­ders are for op­er­at­ing bus ser­vices on be­half of the NSW Gov­ern­ment on Syd­ney’s North­ern Beaches, North Shore, north­ern and east­ern sub­urbs, it con­firms.

“We are look­ing for world-class op­er­a­tors with sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence de­liv­er­ing trans­port ser­vices,” said a TfNSW spokesper­son.

“From today, op­er­a­tors in­ter­ested in de­liv­er­ing these vi­tal ser­vices for cus­tomers can reg­is­ter on the Gov­ern­ment’s eTen­ders web­site to re­ceive back­ground in­for­ma­tion that will help them pre­pare for when the ten­der process kicks off,” they ex­plained.

“Al­ready, pri­vate op­er­a­tors run ser­vices for the NSW gov­ern­ment in 11 of our 14 bus re­gions in the Syd­ney Metropoli­tan area. Fran­chis­ing the three re­main­ing bus re­gions cur­rently op­er­ated by State Tran­sit will mean bet­ter ser­vices and bet­ter value for money for tax­pay­ers,” they added.


The ten­der process will seek to de­liver ser­vice im­prove­ments such as higher fre­quency and more con­ve­nient ser­vices for cus­tomers through­out the day and into the evening, as well as im­proved real-time in­for­ma­tion to al­low cus­tomers to bet­ter plan their jour­neys and con­nect with other trans­port modes, states TfNSW.

The process will also be an op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify in­no­va­tive ap­proaches and es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships to drive con­tin­u­ous ser­vice im­prove­ments over the years to come, it adds.

While still to be fi­nalised, it is pro­posed that the first region to go to ten­der will be Region 8 in the mid­dle of June 2020, fol­lowed by Region 7 in Au­gust and Region 9 in Novem­ber, it ex­plains.

Above: As part of this process, the gov­ern­ment will re­tain con­trol of all as­sets.

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