On-demand transport trialled in New South Wales

24 August 2017  •  Author(s): Eurotransport

Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, Keolis Downer, has been awarded two on-demand passenger transport pilot projects by the New South Wales (NSW) Government.

On-demand transport trialled in New South Wales

This is the first trial of on-demand transport in the state of NSW, and will allow passengers to book transport from or near their home to a local transport hub or landmark. It aims to deliver reliable and affordable first- and last-mile services that meet local needs and encourage the use of public transport.

Keolis Downer is partnering with AECOM, CSIRO/Data61, JYW Consulting and the University of NSW to provide passengers with this on-demand mobility, providing services for the Northern Beaches of NSW and Sydney’s North West.

The first pilot project will be provided in the Northern Beaches area in connection with the B-Line rapid transport services, while the second pilot will service Sydney’s rapidly growing city of Ryde/Macquarie Park precinct within a 15km radius.

The pilots will help the NSW Government fulfil objectives stated in its Future Transport Technology Roadmap, including unlocking the full value of the existing transport network, whilst personalising transport services to create a better experience for customers.

“By providing better ways to travel we aim to make public transport the first choice for people”

“We are excited to collaborate with Transport for New South Wales to transform the NSW public transport network by implementing innovative on-demand transport services,” said Leila Frances, Keolis Downer Chairwoman, and Keolis President of the Middle East region and Hyderabad in India. “By providing better ways to travel we aim to make public transport the first choice for people while increasing efficiency of operations and enhancing passenger experience.”

The pilots integrate with existing transport services to improve mobility for all passengers, on both high demand and low demand routes providing faster, safer and more convenient trips

Passengers will be able to book and pay for their journey online, by phone or via a free mobile app, and will have access to real-time journey information.

Trials on the NSW coast will start in October 2017, and in Sydney in early 2018.

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