On-demand mini bus trial hits the road

December 1, 2017 by  

An on-demand service for minibuses is now available in the Sutherland Shire zones of Gymea and Caringbah.

The new service is part of a trial being funded by the state government in conjunction with the Future Transport programme.

Bookings are being accepted via a mobile app on weekdays only, or on the website anytime.

The service, which will be operational between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm weekdays and at various times during the weekend, has also been extended to Sylvania and Jannali West with standard fares set at $2.60 and holders of concession cards $1.30.

The minibus service is to be trialled by bus company Transdev for a minimum of six months.

Attorney-General and Cronulla MP Mark Speakman said existing bus services would not be affected by the new stand-alone operation, adding:

“Data from the trial will be used to inform future public transport improvements for the region and across the transport network.”

Printing services will clearly identify the minibuses which, he said, will collect passengers from either designated locations or their homes and ferry them to their closest shopping centre, hospital or transport hub.

According to Miranda MP Eleni Petinos, the aim of the scheme was to personalise the transport experience.

She said it is widely known that many people are keen to manage and organise their own time, which means not being too reliant on bus timetables and on-demand services meeting the criteria far better.