26 September 2023

Transport spaces up by dashing the dots

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The familiar sight of green dots across the State’s public transport network is set to become a dot of the past as capacity returns to normal and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) begins to peel off COVID’s obdurate and unmerciful stickers.

Chief Operations Officer at TfNSW, Howard Collins said capacity on public transport could now return to pre-COVID levels as many restrictions across the State had eased.

However, Mr Collins said COVIDSafe measures would continue, including mask wearing, to keep customers safe while travelling.

“I want to thank all our customers for planning ahead, masking up and getting vaccinated so we are able to remove the green dots and get more people back on the network,” Mr Collins said.

“More than three million physical distancing dots showed customers the best places to sit and stand for almost two years, and it’s great we can start allowing more people to climb aboard,” he said

“Thank you to the customers who have worked with us and helped keep our staff COVID safe during this challenging time – please continue to show our dedicated frontliners your respect and understanding.”

Mr Collins said Waratah trains could now carry 150 customers per carriage, up from 122; a typical two-door bus could carry 64 customers, up from 48; an L2 lightrail could carry 231 customers per carriage, up from 156; and an Emerald ferry could carry 400 customers, up from 300.

The Chief Operations Officer said the COVIDSafe Transport Plan remained in place, including mandatory face masks, extensive cleaning, and customers’ ability to check capacity on services before boarding at stations, stops and wharves.

“Customers are still asked to plan ahead, you must wear a mask and if you are feeling unwell, please don’t use public transport, stay home and get tested,” Mr Collins said.

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