More buses for all!

June has been a good month for commuters working at Macquarie Park and North Ryde. Significant bus route improvements were launched on 6 June by TfNSW and a raft of measures were outlined on 21 June in the NSW State Budget to deliver a broad range of bus network improvements over 2016 and 2017.

Bus improvements launched on 6 June

M54 Parramatta to Macquarie Park late night service - the last trip on the M54 now leaves at midnight 7 days a week. This is two hours later on weekdays and four hours later on the weekends. Services on the M54 run every 10 to 15 minutes on weekdays, every 20 minutes on weekends and every 30 minutes after 8pm.

Quick connection from Wentworth Point to Rhodes Station - via the new bus-only Bennelong Bridge across Homebush Bay. Bus routes 526 and 533 run from Wentworth Point to Rhodes every 15 minutes between 8:09 am and 9:30am. Buses return across the bridge from Rhodes Station every 15-20 minutes between 4:03 pm and 6:39 pm.

Other bus routes impacted by the 6 June changes:

253, 285, 288, 289, 292, 293, 294, 297, 301, 303, 324, 338, 348, 370, 373, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399, 458, 500, 501, 502, 504, 506, 507, 515, 518, 520, 533, M52, M54, X04, X06, X15, X18, X74, X93, X94 0 - more details are available here.

2016/17 Growth Bus Services Program 

Double decker buses will serve some of Sydney’s busiest routes, and around 3,800 extra weekly services will be added as part of a $108 million investment in new buses in 2016-17. 80 seat double deckers will carry 65 per cent more capacity than normal size buses, and will be used on key corridors including the busy Rouse Hill-City service (route 607X), between Blacktown and Macquarie Park (route 611), and for the first time, the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway (route T80).

Western Sydney (including Hills District and South West) - More than 1,350 new weekly trips, including 5 new or extended routes:

  • New route 605 (North Kellyville to Rouse Hill Town Centre)
  • Extended route 751 (Marsden Park to Blacktown via Colebee)
  • Extended route T72 (Blacktown to Rouse Hill Town Centre via Alex Avenue)
  • Extended route T74 (Blacktown to Riverstone via Hambledon Road)
  • Extended route 783 (Penrith to Jordan Springs)

 Enhanced services on the following routes:            

  • 607X (Rouse Hill to City via M2)
  • 610X/M61 (Rouse Hill and Castle Hill to City M2)
  • 611 (Blacktown to Macquarie Park via M2)
  • 615X (North Kellyville to City via M2)
  • 619 (Rouse Hill to Macquarie Park via Kellyville and M2)
  • 620X-621 (Castle Hill and Cherrybrook to Macquarie Park and City via M2)
  • 700 (Blacktown to Parramatta via Prospect)
  • 740 (Plumpton to Macquarie Park via M2)
  • 841 (Narellan to Leppington)
  • T65 (Rouse Hill to Parramatta via Westmead)
  • T80 (Liverpool to Parramatta via Bonnyrigg)

 Sydney Metropolitan - More than 1,950 new weekly trips, including 2 new routes. 

  • New route 530 (Burwood to Chatswood via Five Dock, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove)
  • New route 985 (Miranda to Cronulla via Woolooware Bay)

 Enhanced services on the following routes: 

  • Various Northern Beaches routes between Mona Vale and the City
  • 197 (Mona Vale to Macquarie Park via Terrey Hills)
  • 270-274 (Frenchs Forest District to City) 
  • 343 (Kingsford to City)
  • 370 (Leichhardt to Coogee)
  • 433 (Balmain to Railway Square via Harold Park)
  • 477 (Miranda to Rockdale via Sans Souci)
  • 506 (Macquarie University and East Ryde to City via Hunters Hill)
  • 518 (Macquarie University to City via Ryde)
  • M20 (Zetland to Wynyard via Central Station)
  • M41 (Burwood to Macquarie Park via Ryde)

 New all-night services on the following routes:

  • 301 (Zetland to City via Surry Hills) – seven days
  • 438 (Abbotsford to City via Five Dock and Leichhardt) – Friday and Saturday only
  • 607X (Rouse Hill to City via M2) – Friday and Saturday only

Be bus aware

Watch TfNSW's animation to see how pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and passengers can all stay safe on and around buses.

Buses are heavy vehicles and take longer to slow down than other smaller vehicles on the road. Crashes involving buses can result in more severe outcomes to other road users due to their size and mass. This animation shows the right and wrong behaviours when you're travelling on and around buses whether you're a driver, pedestrian, cyclist or passenger.

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