Route M54 operates between Parramatta and Macquarie Park via Macquarie University, Epping, Carlingford and North Parramatta. It commenced operation on 10 October 2010.
It largely replaced route 548, which ran a similar route between Parramatta and Epping prior to October 2010. In the 2013 “Sydney’s Bus Future” report, the M61 was designated as a rapid route, with priority to be given in terms of bus priority infrastructure and timetable upgrades.
Due to high levels of patronage andcustomer demand, the routes operating hours were extended to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights as part of a trial in early 2016. As of 5 June 2016, services operate to midnight daily. From May 2018, the service will operate 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The M54 runs every 10 minutes during peak periods, 15 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 20 minutes on weekends. It operates between 6am and Midnight daily. It is operated by a fleet of both 12.5m and articulated “bendy” buses from Ryde depot.