26 September 2023

More passengers on board public transport

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More people are able to climb aboard public transport this week with capacity increases across all services now in effect.

Minister for Regional Transport and Acting Minister for Transport, Paul Toole said that on Monday (19 April) capacity on public transport increased to about 75 per cent on city services and to 100 per cent on regional services.

“Health advice now allows public transport services to increase capacity, which means people can now sit next to each other on their trip,” Mr Toole said.

“We know the fight against COVID isn’t over, so we’ll keep green dots on services in case we need them again down the track,” he said.

“We’ve already started to see people returning to the network, and this announcement will give customers even more confidence to use our services in a COVID-safe way.”

Mr Toole said a Waratah train could now carry 122 customers per carriage, up from 86; a typical two-door bus could carry 66 customers, up from 42; a L1 light could carry 156 customers per carriage, up from 54; and a Freshwater ferry could carry 800 customers, up from 543.

Chief Operating Officer of Transport for NSW, Howard Collins said other measures of TfNSW’s COVIDSafe Transport Plan would continue, including the enhanced cleaning regime on all services in the State.

“We are still asking customers to plan ahead before they leave home, register their Opal card for contact tracing when needed and follow good hygiene practices including staying home if unwell,” Mr Collins said.

“Wearing a face mask is still an important part in limiting the spread of the virus if there is an outbreak, and remains strongly recommended on public transport, especially during those busier times on the network,” he said.

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