On Demand public transport changes for Eastern Suburbs

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Transport for NSW today announced OpalPay will soon be available for On Demand public transport customers in the Eastern Suburbs.

The new tap and go payment method is just one of many changes that will be introduced on Monday 20 August including new services between the Bondi area and Rose Bay Ferry Wharf.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the On Demand Transport Pilot Program is all about learning and continuous improvement to deliver the best transport solutions for the local communities.

“After reviewing On Demand services in the Eastern Suburbs we’ve decided to trial a different service delivery model to target new connections to and from Rose Bay Ferry Wharf from Bondi, North Bondi and Dover Heights,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

On Friday 17 August the existing RidePlus service will cease and starting from 6am Monday 20 August a new BRIDJ On Demand Transport pilot service will commence operations with all bookings to go via the BRIDJ app.

KEY POINTS FOR NEW BRIDJ ON DEMAND SERVICES:

  • BRIDJ mini-buses will be larger and seat up to 16 customers.
  • New weekend services, with three vehicles to deliver all day connections to and from Bondi area and Rose Bay ferry and areas in between.
  • Customers can book their seat via the BRIDJ app and can pay for their trip using OpalPay by simply tapping their Opal card.

On Demand services will cease to operate in Vaucluse, Double Bay, Bondi Junction, Edgecliff, Bellevue Hill, Tamarama, Point Piper and Woollahra.

“These changes are about filling a gap and delivering targeted transport connections to those areas that need it most and will be able to feed cohesively into existing timetabled public transport services,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“We are looking to provide customers in Rose Bay with frequent, high quality connections to and from the local ferry wharf which we hope will see more customers use the service regularly.”

Students and seniors will benefit too with a new single trip concession fare now available for a low $1.50, while Adult single trip fares will remain the same at $3.10.

New On Demand operating hours will be:
Weekdays - morning 06:00 to 09:00 and afternoon 16:00 to 20:00 (off-peak weekday services will no longer operate)
Weekends - 10:00 to 18:00

Local residents and visitors can keep an eye out for the new BRIDJ buses clearly marked with the red and white BRIDJ branding.

Transport for NSW will continue to monitor all pilots closely to find out if further changes need to be made.

“From day one the overarching objective has been to trial different service models that provide greater flexibility and mobility for customers,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

Ride Plus, operated by Transdev is an On Demand Transport trial that commenced services in November last year, as part of the NSW Government’s Future Transport program.

Transit Systems will be the operator of the new On Demand transport pilot service BRIDJ and customers will be able to book their trips from 17 August via the BRIDJ app.