On Demand public transport is coming to the Central Coast, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announcing the region will soon have access to a new demand-driven transport link serving the Woy Woy peninsula.
The pilot project is one of eight unique On Demand transport offerings announced by Transport Minister Andrew Constance to be trialed across Sydney and outer metro areas.
“In a first for NSW, On Demand public transport services will begin to arrive where and when people need them. We know people want to manage their own time and become less reliant on timetables,” Mr MacDonald said.
“On Demand public transport will allow people to book a vehicle to pick them up from home or a convenient nearby location like a bus stop. They will receive a booking confirmation and an estimated pick up and drop off time at their chosen transport hub,” Mr MacDonald said.
The demand-responsive Central Coast trial, which is expected to begin in early 2018, will pick up customers from ‘virtual’ bus stops as well as make use of existing bus stops where appropriate.
As well as providing a convenient new way for customers to reach their destination quickly, safely and efficiently and at a time that suits them, this new service will also connect customers with existing transport hubs and Woy Woy train station.
“The aim of this new public transport service is get you to and from Woy Woy rail station with ample time to make it to Sydney or chosen destination, and it will be there to pick you up from the station on your way back,” Mr MacDonald said.
The Woy Woy peninsula service will be delivered using a combination of taxis, hire cars and community transport vehicles and operate in five geographical pick up zones covering more than 60 pickup points.
Mr MacDonald said On Demand services will play a big role in the future of public transport and it was good news for the Central Coast to be one of the first areas to experience the new service.
Community Transport Central Coast, the private providers chosen to run the Central Coast pilot, explained that the CoastConnect On Demand Pilot project will bring great social, economic and environmental benefits to the Woy Woy Peninsula.
“We expect that some families will gain back time in the morning by not having to run a family member to the train station. It will also reduce costs for other families if they don’t have to make trips to the station in the family car or the dedicated car they use just for getting to the station,” explained David Murry, CEO of Community Transport Central Coast.
“Parking in and around the train station and retail areas of Woy Woy should also become easier, which we hope will assist local retailers in attracting more customers as it will be easier to find parking,” Mr MacDonald said
Fares for the Woy Woy peninsula CoastConnect pilot will be set at a standard rate of $3.10 for trips less than 3kms, and $4.10 for trips greater than 3kms for a one way journey.
Half price fares will also be available for concession card holders, including pensioners, seniors, students and apprentices.
The On Demand services will commence in early 2018 and will operate Monday to Friday during the following peak times.
- 5am to 7:30am
- 5:30pm to 7:30pm
The trial will provide standalone services that will not affect any existing local bus services.
Mr MacDonald said data from the trial will be used to inform future public transport improvements across the transport network.
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