Photos – November 2018

The best transport photos from November 2018! This month we saw movember themed buses and participated in the Sydney Airport Runway Run. This months photo set focuses on these events.

Transit Systems has adorned their buses with Moustaches in support of Movember – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Carbridge Mercedes-Benz O405NH Custom Coaches “CB60” TV9278 operating for the  Sydney Airport Runway Run – Transport NSW Blog Collection
VH-JZG, an ex-Jetgo Embraer ERJ135 on the tarmac at Sydney Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection
Sydney Airport Runway 25, also known as the ‘East West’ during the Sydney Airport Runway Run – Transport NSW Blog Collection
A6-ECM, an Emirates 777-300ER on the tarmac at Sydney Airport – Transport NSW Blog Collection

Contactless Expands to Trains

From today contactless card payments are now available for services operated by Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink . When catching these services customers will now be able to tap on and off with their contactless card in lieu of their Opal Card.

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Most American Express, Mastercard, Visa credit / debit cards or a smartphone, tablet or wearable device linked to one of these cards will be accepted on trains under these changes. Charges will be equivalent to the standard peak Opal fare for the same journey. Daily and weekly caps on charges will also be applied, making card travel as affordable as possible.

Not available using Contactless payments include Weekly Travel Rewards, Transfer Discounts, Off-peak train fare discounts, Trip Advantage and free access to Opal Park and Ride carparks.

This comes as the trial of contactless payments of Ferries and Light Rail have been successful, and will continue indefinitely.

Bus Changes from December 2

From Sunday December 2 2018 there will be changes to many bus services across Sydney. These changes affect State Transit, Transit Systems and Transdev services across Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Northern Beaches and Pittwater, Sutherland Shire and Upper North Shore areas. The changes are designed to better reflect current customer travel patterns and provide more travel options.


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State Transit Goes Cash Free

From Sunday 2 December 2018 State Transit Bus Services will become cash free. This includes all services operated by STA, including buses in the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches. STA services in the Riverside Suburbs and North West are already cash free.


This will mean that Opal single tickets will no longer be sold onboard any State Transit bus service and passengers must have an Opal Card with sufficient balance in order to travel. This new policy is expected to speed up services and increase reliability by removing delays caused by ticket sales.

South East Transport Changes from 2 December

From Sunday 2 December, there will be major changes to State Transit and Transit Systems services in the South East of Sydney. These changes form part of the ‘Green Square and Waterloo Transport Action Plan’ that is designed to sustainably improve transport connections and accessibility in the region.

Route 303 is one of the many routes that will have changes

“These enhancements will benefit Green Square and Waterloo customers, creating capacity for more than 20,000 additional weekly passengers,” according to Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast. Two new turn up and go services will be added, as well as additional peak hour and late night services and improved connections to the Australian Technology Park in Redfern.

The Green Square and Waterloo area is one of the fastest growing areas in the world. By 2022 it will have a population density higher than most parts of Singapore or Hong Kong, with over 22 000 people per square kilometre. These changes are needed to cope with all of these new residents. Additionally, the plan includes the new Waterloo Metro Station, Road and Cycleway upgrades as well as a potential light rail line.

Key Changes Include;

New Routes
  • Rosebery and Circular Quay via Zetland, Waterloo and Surry Hills. Serves East Village Shopping Centre
  • New 24/7, turn-up and go service
  • Port Botany and Mascot Station via Matraville, Eastgardens, Pagewood, Botany and Mascot shops
  • Provides local coverage and connections to buses at Eastgardens, Botany and Mascot and trains at Mascot station.
  • Replaces route 309 and 310 in the Port Botany, Matraville and Eastgardens areas.
  • Railway Square and Port Botany via Redfern, Green Square station and Botany Road.
  • Every 10 minutes during the morning and afternoon peaks.
  • Replaces route L09
  • Banksmeadow and Railway Square via Botany, Mascot, and Green Square station.
  • Running every 10 minutes during the morning and afternoon peaks. Combined with route 309, this will result in buses every 5 minutes between Botany Shops and Green Square station during peak periods
  • Replaces route X09 and X10 services
  • All-stops service between Eastgardens and Bondi Junction
  • Replaces limited stops route 400 overnight services between 12am – 5am
Amended Routes



  • Changed to operate to and from Redfern Station, providing new links to the rail network
  • Route 304 will provide services between Rosebery, Waterloo and the City
  • Changed to operate between Redfern Station and Mascot only
  • Service frequency adjusted to every 30 minutes
  • Changed to operate between Marrickville Metro and Central Station full time
  • Weekday morning and afternoon peak hour services currently terminating at or commencing from Redfern Station will be extended to Central Station via Redfern and Chalmers/Elizabeth Streets
  • Changed to operate between Banksmeadow and Railway Square
  • Running every 12 minutes or better during the day, 7 days a week, with services around every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon peak times on weekdays, and every 15 minutes during evenings (30 mins late night
  • Additional services across the week, including higher capacity with proposed increase of 18% more capacity between 7am-8am and 16% capacity between 8am-9am.
  • Limited stops route 400 overnight services between 12am – 5am replaced by new route 400N All-stops service between Eastgardens and Bondi Junction
Cancelled Routes




  • Services will no longer operate.
  • Replaced by new services


Featured Bus Route – November 2018

Route 607x between Rouse Hill and City QVB via T-Way and M2 is our featured bus route for November. Operated by Hillsbus, this is a route that has been immensely successful over its relatively short operational period. It has seen numerous frequency upgrades and the use of double deckers to meet demand.

A Bustech CDi operates a 607x past Wynyard – Transport NSW Blog Collection

The 607x began operation as a supplementary, pre-Christmas route between Railway Square and Rouse Hill Town Centre via T-Way in that direction only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 December 2011. Due to its success, it was upgraded to a off peak, late night and weekend two way service from 3 January 2012, with non the non T-Way 617x continuing in peak hours. Continued success saw a frequency upgrade as well as peak hour services introduced from 30 April 2012. Due to CBD and South East Light Rail works, the route was truncated on the city end to City QVB from 4 October 2015. Route 607x became a designated overnight service from 27 February 2016, with 24 service on Friday and Saturday nights. At this time a turn up and go peak hour service was introduced as well as high capacity double decker buses.

Today it operates every 5 minutes in peak hour, every 15-20 minutes off peak and every 30 minutes later at night. It sees service between 5am and 1am Sunday through Thursdays with 24 hour service on Fridays and Saturdays. It is operated by 14.5m and double decker buses from the CDC Hillsbus Foundary Road Depot.


Reader Proposals & Questions – Sydney Metro

We often receive some great submissions from our readers – and those particular readers love seeing their work get shared on the blog. Today we have two maps showing potential future rail plans for Sydney. Scroll down further to see a few of the Sydney Metro related questions we have also received recently.

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Future Sydney Metro Network Concept Plan – Zac Scott

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