The pilots will be launched in the following regions …
- North West
- South West
- Eastern Suburbs
- Northern Beaches
- Sutherland Shire, and …
- Central Coast
The pilot makes it simple for customers to book transport from their point of departure, by app, desktop or phone, to a local transport hub like a train stations, ferry port, etc., or other centres such as local hospitals, sporting venues, etc.
Each of the eight trials is unique, complete with its own fees with prices ranging from $2.60 (AUD) to $5.60 (AUD) for standard trips.
NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Andrew Constance announced a trial of public transport services that arrive when and where commuters need them and says …
We have Netflix, Stan, and Foxtel to give us movies on demand … so why can’t we have our public transport respond to where people are and what they want? Imagine a NSW where you don’t need to check the timetable because the right numbers of trains, buses or ferries arrive when and where they need to. This future is not far off if we are quick off the mark today.”
Data, including how people travel, weather, and special events will be used to create public transport planning changes in real time … a timetable that is flexible and responds to what customers need.
Constance adds …
I want to see the end of timetables, and a network that can cut down on travel delays by automatically putting on extra trains in wet weather or extra buses from a footy team’s home suburbs to away games but we want the biggest ideas from the best minds in innovation and technology to get cracking on this … they know better than the government does, and I don’t want to restrict their imagination.”
In November 2016, Minister Constance had announced plans for a working trial of on-demand buses and trains by the end of 2017 as part of the NSW Government’s Future Transport Technology Roadmap.
Launched for feedback on November 2nd. 2016 and published in April 2017, the Roadmap aims to unlock the full value of NSW’s transport networks, and customize and personalize transport services to create a better experience for customers.
The Roadmap itself showcases five technology strategies designed to assist the state to meet the preceding objectives by …
1) Personalizing Customer Interactions …developing a real-time and digital timetable, navigation, customer information and payment facilitation
2) Transforming Mass Transit Networks … by way of automated and dynamic management systems that will improve efficiency, boost service frequency, and reduce travel times
3) Fostering Shared-Use, On-Demand Services … through flexible routes and schedules, to give customers greater choice both in metropolitan and regional areas
4) Enabling Connected Automated Vehicle Platforms … that contribute to national standards and regulatory frameworks, creating the right environment for testing and trial in order to maximize the early benefits of greater levels of vehicle automation; and
5) Creating Intelligent Transport Networks … managed by data, to better manage network capacity and improve journey reliability