Friday, 28 May 2021

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced that Pittwater will be at the forefront of the NSW Government’s transition to quiet and clean public transport technology.

Keolis Downer, operator of Pittwater’s highly popular Keoride on-demand public transport service, has been appointed as the new operator of local bus services on the northern beaches and lower north shore.

The contract will see electric buses progressively replacing the existing local fleet over the next eight years.

“In an Australian first for a bus network contract, all future buses procured for our community will be electric and zero emission,” Rob Stokes said today.

“I’m delighted our community will be leading the way with the introduction and roll out of modern, quiet and clean public transport technologies for our local streets.

“New electric buses also mean there’s exciting opportunities for solar charging infrastructure at Mona Vale Bus Depot.”

The Keoride on-demand service between Palm Beach and Narrabeen, which is used by around 540 customers every day, will also remain a permanent fixture in our local public transport mix.

“Keolis Downer has been providing fantastic public transport services in Pittwater over the past 4 years with its Keoride on-demand service.

“Keoride has been a huge success and it’s really unlocked the transport independence of so many who live in harder to access areas of our community.

“It’s fantastic that our on-demand and scheduled services will now be provided seamlessly by the one operator,” Rob Stokes said.

Keolis Downer will be responsible for delivering around 24,000 services each week, including key local routes such as the 24-hour B-Line, 190X Avalon Beach-City express, and all day high-frequency 199 Palm Beach-Manly service.

Keolis Downer will start running services for customers around the end of October, with all existing State Transit drivers and maintenance staff to be part of the new operator’s workforce and a two-year employment guarantee in place.

Transport for NSW will work closely with Keolis Downer on any improvements that can be made to the network in the coming years, with the NSW Government continuing to regulate all routes, timetables and fares, as well as retain ownership and control of the existing depots and buses.