I did a little digging around before I went on holidays last week and found out the 104 is part of the Fremantle Contract. For some reason, Swan has been assigned this route (also it's predecessor 709) in the past, but this has now reverted back to Veolia's hands.
busdriver12 wrote:Also, reference to Swan Transit (operator of Route 104) has been omitted from timetable W36
Historically this would all go back to the 103 at the start of contracting of services, when it operated Fremantle - Perth - Salter Point and was part of the Claremont-Belmont contract area. Swan rejigged some years ago all the South Perth services, one of the changes being the deletion of the 103 and its replacement by other routes.
The 709 (later 104) would have replaced the level of service previously provided by the 103 (in addition to the 106) along Canning Hwy - in making their service changes Swan would not have wished to lose those service kilometres (and thus revenue). Obviously with all the extra service kilometres now being pumped into the system, and the retendering of these contracts, the PTA have seized the opportunity to include the 104/105/106 under the one operator.
It seems interesting considering that the whole 104 route doesn't even come into the Fremantle contract! If they were to follow this procedure, you'd think other major corridors would have the same operator too where they currently don't. (i.e. Wanneroo Rd)
You could also ask why the Canning Bridge - Curtin Uni 100 and 101 services are part of the Canning contract, when they are clearly within the Belmont contract area. This is another historical anachronism, due to the 538 (Booragoon-Curtin) service originally being part of the Canning contract - this having been replaced by the 100/101. This was an even more odd route to be in Canning, as it didn't really travel into the Canning contract area at all, but traversed both Fremantle and Claremont-Belmont. I suspect the reason is that under MetroBus' timetables, the 538 and the 19X feeders to Booragoon (which were part of the Canning contract) were entwined, and to separate them into different contract areas would cost a peak bus or two. I don't have the old timetables at hand to check this, so it is purely a guess. Cleaning this up seems to have been an opportunity missed a couple of years ago when Canning was up for renewal.