Sydney bus route 144
|Depot||Brookvale, North Sydney and Willoughby|
|Length||16 km (9.9 mi)
|Level||Daily full-time service|
|Frequency||10 min peak
15 minutely off- peak
|Journey time||1 hour approx|
|Buses in Sydney|
Route 144 operates the full length of the route and diverts via Royal North Shore Hospital, except during weekday peak hours and during the daytime on weekends when it operates between Royal North Shore Hoospital and Manly only. The 143 provides complementary service between Chatswood and Manly but does not divert to Royal North Shore Hospital.
The 144 has the distinction of being the first government-operated bus route in Sydney. Services commenced between Manly Wharf and Cremorne Junction on 25 December 1932, connecting with tram services at Cremorne Junction. Buses were initially hired from White Transit Company at Narenburn. The service was an instant success with over 2000 passengers carried on the first day alone. In October 1931, government legislation prevented the operation of private bus services in competition with government owned tram services. As private operators could not survive as feeders only to the trams and trains, they ceased operation. This allowed the government to lease excess stock from the private operators when services began from 1932.
By the 1960s, the 144 had been extended to St Leonards, and later to Chatswood.
Route departing Manly