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On Demand Ferry

Postby marcnut1996 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:29 pm

https://transportnsw.info/news/2019/new-on-demand-ferry-service-in-bays-precinct
A new On Demand ferry service will make getting around Sydney’s Bays Precinct even easier.

From October, the On Demand ferry will connect wharves at the Fish Markets, Blackwattle Bay and Pirrama Park with Barrangaroo, where you can continue your journey on another ferry, bus or train.

You will be able to book your Ferry On Demand service using the Tranzer app, available on the App Store or Google Play. Or you can book at one of the kiosks located at the wharves.

The On Demand service will be available between 7am and 10pm on weekdays and 8.30am and 7.30pm on weekends. A one way trip is $7.60 for adults and $3.80 for concessions.

The Bays Precinct is popular with both tourists and regular public transport customers. The wharves selected for this trial are not currently serviced by regular ferries so the new On Demand service will help to connect this area to Barangaroo.

The On Demand ferry trial will run for an initial period of six months.

Find out more about On Demand Ferry.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:20 pm

There is a website https://www.ferryondemand.com.au/ but I have not been able to access it as yet.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:34 pm

I wonder whether this will be included in the Ipart determination for on-demand services as it does not specifically mention buses.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby moa999 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:10 pm

Assume this will be using the same ferries from the former Ebay-CQ service?
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:21 pm

What ferries were used on that?
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby boronia » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:48 pm

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-sydney/ondemand-ferry-trial-for-bays-precinct-barangaroo/news-story/4371e9345dbbdc824f158e1db8355ba8?fbclid=IwAR00dNfQslWEhvDu14DuRL2LAencwwA_Kad749HSMCUx33fyfNOzBFGj-Dg

On-demand ferry trial for Bays Precinct, Barangaroo
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An on-demand ferry will soon connect Sydney’s Bays Precinct and Darling Harbour, with trial services set to begin next month.

In what the State Government is calling Australian’s first true on-demand ferry service, commuters and tourists will be able to use their phones to book a seat on the 12m MiniCat from 7am to 10pm week days and 8.30am to 7.30pm on weekends.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the service would offer “more versatile, personalised” transport options.
Greens state Balmain MP Jamie Parker with the new on-demand ferry serving the bays precinct in Sydney. Picture: Tom Dunn
Greens state Balmain MP Jamie Parker with the new on-demand ferry serving the bays precinct in Sydney. Picture: Tom Dunn
The Me-Mel will sail in Sydney's Bays Precinct and Barangaroo. Picture: Supplied
The Me-Mel will sail in Sydney's Bays Precinct and Barangaroo. Picture: Supplied

“We’ve seen a great response to our on demand bus trials. Now we’re going to see this on demand ferry taking people around our beautiful Harbour city,” he said.

“The Bays Precinct is popular with both tourists and our more regular public transport customers.
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“The wharves selected for this trial are not currently serviced by regular ferries so the new on demand service will help to connect this area to the major transport hub at Barangaroo.”
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the trial was part of a growing on-demand trend. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the trial was part of a growing on-demand trend. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins


A 43-seat MiniCat with a capacity of 60 passengers will serve the densely populated area, including the suburbs of Pyrmont and Glebe, for six months.

There will be stops at Sydney Fish Market, Blackwattle Bay Park, Pirrama Park at Pyrmont and business district Barangaroo.


Customers will be able to book a seat through the Tranzer app, at ticket kiosks or by calling over the phone.
The Sydney Fish Market will be a key stop on the service. Picture: Christian Gilles
The Sydney Fish Market will be a key stop on the service. Picture: Christian Gilles

Balmain state Greens MP Jamie Parker welcomed the move but cautioned its cost may deter patronage.

Services are set to start in October and will cost $7.60 for a one-way adult pass, and $3.80 for concession commuters.

“The idea for this ferry service was born here in Glebe and for the last three years I’ve been pressing the government to get it done,” Mr Parker said.

“If it’s going to work, this services needs to be considerably cheaper than an Uber into Pyrmont.
Jamie Parker was concerned about the cost of tickets. Picture: Tom Dunn
Jamie Parker was concerned about the cost of tickets. Picture: Tom Dunn

“I’m calling on the government to make the Glebe ferry permanent, Opal compatible and more affordable for commuters.”

Private operator Transdev, which runs several bus services around Sydney on behalf of the State Government, will carry out the trial.

The first vessel is dubbed Me-Mel, a Gadigal word for what local Indigenous people call Goat Island.
Commuters can book a spot on their mobile phones. Picture: Supplied
Commuters can book a spot on their mobile phones. Picture: Supplied

It is unknown whether the service will continue after the trial period ends.

Captain Cook Cruises and Uber have previously offered on-demand ferry services, but the government claims they were not true on-demand services as they were timetabled services commuters could book on an app.

The MeMel will not operate to a timetable and be at the whim of commuter requests.

On September 13 an on-demand ferry service ran by Captain Cook Cruises from Elizabeth Bay was discontinued due to “significant cost pressures”.

The service was introduced in December 2018 but did not attract the expected patronage.
The recently discontinued Elizabeth Bay on-demand ferry service.
The recently discontinued Elizabeth Bay on-demand ferry service.


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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby moa999 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:53 pm

Fleet Lists wrote:What ferries were used on that?
https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/private-charters/fleet/tubby-fleet/
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby burrumbus » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:00 pm

The ferry in question Me-Mel was noted on Saturday evening 28/9/19 moored at Barangaroo wharf.Covered in all over advertising for on demand ferries,including the windows.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby tonyp » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:51 pm

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I hope it has better luck than its namesake that was sunk in a collision in Darling Harbour in 1914:

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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby burrumbus » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:33 pm

Lets hope so Tony.
.Yet another interesting trial.There is some good pax potential in this densely populated and tourist orientated area.
The vessel size and therefore the cost of running the service is the major factor why this service,in my book,will not work.
For on demand to work with ferries the vessel size needs to be more like a water taxi size-that is 12-16 seats.
In bus terms this is like running a 45 seat full size bus on an demand service instead of a 12 seat Hiace.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby lunchbox » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:04 pm

A "tourist" vessel with advertising spots all over the windows - disgusting!
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby tonyp » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:36 pm

burrumbus wrote:Lets hope so Tony.
.Yet another interesting trial.There is some good pax potential in this densely populated and tourist orientated area.
The vessel size and therefore the cost of running the service is the major factor why this service,in my book,will not work.
For on demand to work with ferries the vessel size needs to be more like a water taxi size-that is 12-16 seats.
In bus terms this is like running a 45 seat full size bus on an demand service instead of a 12 seat Hiace.

It strikes me as an expensive-looking bespoke purchase. Something smaller and off the shelf would be better, as you say.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby Fleet Lists » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:06 pm

Also see the Transdev Sydney Ferries website http://www.beyondthewharf.com.au/ferry-on-demand/

And a better photo of the ferry http://www.beyondthewharf.com.au/ And I dont think there is advertising all over the windows.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby lunchbox » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:56 pm

Why does it have to be so ugly?
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:44 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Re: On Demand Ferry

Postby Stu » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:31 pm

lunchbox wrote:Why does it have to be so ugly?


It may have inner beauty.
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