Distribution map showing the percentage of the employed population who travel to work by bus only, according to the Australian census 2011.
Buses are a major part of public transport in the city of Sydney, Australia. Services are operated by both a large government operator, the State Transit Authority of New South Wales (STA), and numerous smaller private operators. The STA generally operates services in Sydney's east, north, inner west and inner southern suburbs, a legacy of the former tram network, most of which was replaced by the current bus network in the late 1950s. The western suburbs and most of the southern suburbs are served by smaller private operators in contract areas. There were previously 87 small contract areas where private bus companies that operated.
In the past, many of Sydney's bus services were operated by small companies, particularly in the middle and outer suburbs. Some of these companies only operated one or two routes. Most operated before the current revised route numbers and contract areas were introduced.
Closed in 1992
Bankstown–Eldridge Rd Bus Service
Operated route 20 from Bankstown Station to Eldridge Road (Bankstown Hospital). Sold to Bass Hill Bus Service in 1977.
Bankstown Strathfield Bus Service
Operated routes 484–86 until taken over by Transit First in 2003
Operated routes in Merrylands until taken over by Baxters in 1981. Routes taken over by Transit First in 2005.
Trading name of Holroyd Bus Lines Pty Ltd; operated bus services in the western suburbs. Sold to Westbus in 2006. Baxter's remains a tour and charter company only.
Belmore Lakemba Bus Company
Operated route 35 Belmore Lakemba via Roselands and route 92 Bardwell Park to Roselands 1966 to early 80s their Depot was behind BP service station on Kingsgrove Road at Kingsgrove next to old gas tank (now removed). Believed to have been sold to Pleasure Tours in the early 80s
Brighton Bus Lines
Operated route 196 in the Brighton and Kyeemagh areas until 1993 when the route was bought by State Transit, becoming the 479. The company carried an orange livery with a blue stripe.
Operated Routes 817 and 818 in the Fairfield area. It was taken over by Baxters Holroyd Bus Lines in 2004.
Canterbury Bus Lines
Operated routes 450 and 451 until routes taken over by Punchbowl Bus Company in 1998
Most of the bus fleet was sold to Westbus in the late 2000s. The Harris Park depot turned into brownfield land, while the North Rocks depot still has a handful of buses and guard dogs, but is no longer in operation.