DATE SET FOR ON-DEMAND PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Northern Rivers’ bus passengers will soon be able to use On-Demand public transport with Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, Member for Lismore, Thomas George and Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin today announcing trial services will begin next month.
The new services will be available from March 18, allowing customers to book their ride at a time and place most convenient for them.
“On Demand public transport enables customers to book a vehicle like a mini bus via phone, online or app, to pick you up from home or a convenient nearby location, and take you to a local transport hub or point of interest,” Mr Constance said.
“This is public transport at a time that suits you, arriving where and when people need them so they can manage their own time without being over-reliant on their car.” The new Northern Rivers transport service will use two Buslines mini buses to link residents of Alstonville, Wollongbar and Chilcotts Grass and Goonellabah to transport hubs that connect through to existing route services to Lismore or Ballina.
Services will operate, Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 6:30pm.
And then Saturday services will operate as follows:
Goonellabah 7:30am – 1:30pm
Alstonville: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Customers can expect to pay a standard fare starting from $2.30 and the existing Regional Excursion Daily (RED) tickets for seniors and pensioners will be accepted.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said the Northern Rivers trial is great news for both local passengers and local businesses.
“By collaborating with transport operators and local business, these trials will not only provide new transport solutions but also stimulate economic growth for our local community. “The aim of the NSW Government’s On Demand Transport Pilot Program is to test and learn through the delivery of new and creative transport services so informed decisions can be made about public transport delivery into the future,” Mr George said.
The uptake of on-demand services in trials across the state is one of the fastest in the world.
Mr Curtin said it’s vital for the growth of business in the Northern Rivers that new models of public transport delivery are explored.
“The population in this region is growing, with many people living on the coast and choosing to commute to Lismore for work. We need to ensure there are flexible public transport options which allow those people to get to work safely, on time and which supports their busy schedules.
“If elected I will continue to work with the Government to develop options like on-demand bus services, extending them into areas like Murwillumbah and Tenterfield,” Mr Curtin said.
The NSW On-Demand program is recognised as one of the most geographically unique with next month’s trial making the diversity of services on offer internationally one of a kind.
PHOTO: Nick Irving – Northern Rivers Buslines, Thomas George - Member for Lismore, Andrew Constance - NSW Minister for Transport, Austin Curtin - Nationals candidate for Lismore