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.
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.
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.
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.
“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;
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.
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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