25.4 C
Byron Shire
February 25, 2024

‘On Demand’ public transport to be tested in Northern Rivers

Latest News

Pain

I am about to undergo knee replacement surgery and have been advised by Tweed Hospital that as this is...

Other News

Last chance for Julian Assange?

This week the Australian journalist Julian Assange will find out whether he will be extradited from the United Kingdom to the USA, where he faces 175 years in solitary confinement for his role in revealing the truth about war crimes and the inner workings of empire, or conducting 'espionage', as America calls it.

Affordable housing summit next week

As the affordable housing issue shows no signs of easing in the near future, key figures in the housing, property, and finance sectors will come together to tackle the country’s housing challenges at the ninth Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit

Government amends Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order

As the spread of fire ants into the north of the state becomes more apparent, the NSW Government has made amendments to the Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order in an attempt to stem fire ant migration.

Housing parasites

Trying to fix the housing crisis in the Byron Shire by building more houses is like trying to put...

Police confirm two babies dead on February 11 in Mullumbimby

NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2am Sunday 11 February, emergency services were called to a home in Mullumbimby following reports of a concern for welfare.

Pushing Up the Tempo

Paving her way in the music scene, Yazmin has played alongside some of the biggest artists in the world at venues throughout Australia, Bali and the UK. She has spent her time in the industry supporting the likes of Kaskade, Futuristic Polar Bears, Savage, The Potbelleez, Stafford Brothers, Joel Fletcher, Hilton Caswell and many more!

Northern Rivers Busline will be participating in the On Demand trail in the northern rivers. Photo supplied.

The Northern Rivers is one of seven trial locations to have been chosen for the NSW government’s latest On Demand transport trials.

This is what I have been calling for since last year when I called for, and won, an extension of the commuter bus trial services from Byron to Lismore,’ said Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith (Greens).

Two mini buses will link residents of Alstonville, Wollongbar, Chilcotts Grass and Goonellabah to ‘transport hubs’ will connect them to existing services to Lismore or Ballina.

Customers can expect to pay a standard fare starting from $2.30 and the existing Regional Excursion Daily (RED) tickets for seniors and pensioners will be accepted.

‘On Demand public transport enables customers to book a vehicle like a mini bus via phone, online or app, to pick you up from home or a convenient nearby location, and take you to a local transport hub or point of interest,’ Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said.

Lobbying for a region-wide service

I  spoke to Transport Minister Andrew Constance last Tuesday (13 November) about getting on demand buses right across the Northern Rivers, not just the Alstonville /Wollongbar and Goonellabah areas,’ said Ms Smith.

‘Using modern technology to offer a greater choice for regional public transport users is something the Greens have long advocated and it is very satisfying to see the start of this on demand service. In time I expect that electric or solar powered driverless cars and mini buses will also be used in this way.

‘I have been in discussions with the Cross Border Commissioner James McTavish over moves to enhance point to point transport services such as rideshares, taxis and minibuses for residents travelling in the cross border region and to study how emerging technologies can be used for this.

‘The Commissioner has advised me there is work being done to improve the integration of timetabled cross-border bus services. In particular we have been discussing how to improve accessibility to medical specialists on the Gold Coast from Ballina/Byron and how to provide late night transport options from Coolangatta to NSW.’

The new On Demand service for the northern rivers is expected to begin in early 2019. 

Services will operate, Monday to Friday: 6:30am – 6:30pm and on Saturdays services will operate from Goonellabah from 7:30am to 1:30pm and Alstonville between 9am and 2pm.

‘We’ve seen great success with existing trials in metropolitan areas with more than 150,000 passenger trips in less than a year and we can’t wait to see these numbers grow here in the Northern Rivers,’ said Mr Franklin.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Great idea but hopefully better operated than the ones he is espousing- three on demand services exist in concord, Sydney-all they do is follow existing bus routes and they appear empty all the time. State government priorities are very inconsistent- trialling on demand buses in an area serviced by numerous bus services that would make any northern rivers person druel with envy. How about a fair dinkum ( sorry for sounding like our current pm) public transport system not some election ploy.

  2. I know bus drivers want their Sundays to be family days…but for people with no car, family outings to events public and private, means a walk or a lift (and then you have to come and go when your ride wants to…)

    Community fun like the car boot market on Sundays is pretty much ruled out for those who live on the hills. and have no transport. Lugging loot up to Goonellabah is a no-no, and taxis while, for the most part quick to arrive with friendly, helpful drivers are not the cheapest option.

    Do the necessary research and give the trial a decent period of at least a year…so much better for the environment and for the people who at present cant fit their schedules around the current timetable.

    On the topic of buses can the timetables in the bus shelters be enlarged so we can read them more easily…and what about electronic, solar powered signs that will tell you when the next bus is due?

    Overall an exciting initiative.

  3. Great initiative! Much better than spending millions of dollars to restore the Casino to Murwbay railway line that only serves a small number who happen to live within walking distance to a train station 🙂

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Punishment

There is a justice problem in criminal assault cases if a person who claims to have been assaulted makes a formal complaint, such that...

Lighthouse Road

The section from the bus stop on Lighthouse Road to the divide of the road to Byron Bay, is totally unacceptable. It’s putrid for...

4,000 failed

I attended the flood forum held at the Ballina RSL last Monday and was aghast to hear some of the facts presented. 4,000 people...

Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the basecamp of the Save Wallum...