23 May Extra services added to Sydney’s straining transport networ…
A Transport for NSW spokeswoman said the government was adding 50 additional buses, carrying out an extra 110 trips each week, to the network during peak periods.
The extra services will be rolled out on the 202, 285, B-line, 246, 247, 309, 309X, 324, and 372 routes, according to TfNSW.
As the government braces for its biggest public transport test of the COVID-19 pandemic, private bus operators say they’re out of work and willing to help bolster the network further.
Bus NSW Director Matt Threlkeld said scores of private operators were sitting idle without work, and could assist the government transport more people across Sydney under current restrictions.
“There are a substantial number of buses used for tourist and charter services that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are currently sitting idle,” Mr Threlkeld said.
“These buses could be deployed to increase service levels in Greater Sydney during peak periods if issues relating to fare collection, destination signage, real time apps and accessibility can be overcome.”
Opposition Transport spokesman Chris Minns said the government should do more to increase peak hour capacity and stimulate the economy.
“Telling people to stay home and relying on poor bus drivers to do the Government’s dirty work is not enough,” Mr Minns said.
“If Sydney does not use public transport on Monday and instead stays at home it will be a good health outcome but it won’t help the NSW economy. We need to fast track any and all ways of increasing peak hour capacity in a safe way.”
Aside from the new social distancing measures announced last week, the government also added six new pop-up cycleways across parts of the city.
Overflow parking will also be provided at Moore Park from Monday for commuters who opt to drive to work rather than take public transport.
A shuttle bus service will run every 15 minutes between Moore Park and Central Station during morning and afternoon peak hour.
Tom Rabe is Transport Reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.