Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/alm ... 52535.html
Almost 3000 new weekly bus services to help plug transport gaps
An extra 2850 weekly bus services will be put on routes in Sydney, the Hunter and the South Coast progressively over the next year, hundreds of which will connect commuters from suburbs in the city's north west to the new $7.3 billion metro rail line.
The additional weekly services are part of the Berejiklian government's election pledge to add more than 14,000 services to the bus timetable over the next four years.
The state government will invest $25 million to provide the 2850 additional services, almost 2000 of which will operate on routes in Sydney's north west and south west where the availability of public transport has been poor in comparison to inner city areas.
In the north west, a new bus route will extend from Box Hill to Rouse Hill, where commuters can switch to the new Metro Northwest train line to Chatswood. The major shake up to the bus network in the north west of the city will begin from July 28.
The government has said express bus services along the M2 motorway from the north west to North Sydney and the CBD will continue to operate. However, commuters wanting to travel to areas such as Chatswood will need to catch metro rail services.
With bus services increasingly linked to the metro line, a number of routes will cease including the 610 from Rouse Hill to the CBD via Castle Hill, the 618X from the CBD to the Norwest Business Park and the 621 from Castle Hill to the CBD via Cherrybrook and Macquarie Park.
In Sydney's north, about 200 extra services a week will be put on route 194 from St Ives Chase to the CBD, and about 40 on the B-Line route from Dee Why to the central city.
More than 1000 of the additional weekly services over the next year will be devoted to routes in Sydney's south west, including about 400 services for route 859 from Carnes Hill to Edmondson Park and around 300 for route 840 from Oran Park to Campbelltown Hospital.
In the east of the city, about 200 extra weekly services will be added to the bus timetable, including about 50 for route X74 from Coogee to the CBD.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the additional bus services were part of a "bigger transport picture" for Sydney aimed at providing an "integrated way" for people to travel across the city.
"The large bulk ... will be created in the north west and south west to really connect some of our fastest-growing areas," he said.
The Parliamentary Budget Office estimated the total cost of the Coalition's election promise of 14,000 extra weekly bus services at $191 million over four years. The costing was based on the need for 123 additional buses – including the purchase of 39 – to support the extra services.