Liverpool–Parramatta T-way

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Liverpool–Parramatta T-way
Tway logo.png
Overview
Operator Transit Systems
Began service February 2003 (2003-02)
Route
Start Liverpool Station
Via Bonnyrigg
End Parramatta Station
Length 31 km (19.3 mi)

The Liverpool–Parramatta T-way is a continuous series of bus-only lanes and bus roadways between Parramatta and Liverpool in Western Sydney. Completed in February 2003, the 31 km (19.3 mi) T-way was the first bus rapid transit infrastructure to be built in Sydney.

Design and construction[edit]

A project of the then New South Wales Ministry of Transport and the Roads & Traffic Authority, the T-way cost $346 million to build.[1]

The route runs through the central business district of Parramatta, before heading onto the Great Western Highway to South Wentworthville, after which it heads onto its own alignment next to the Sydney Water pipeline that runs from Prospect Reservoir. It then proceeds on its own alignment in an old freeway reservation through to Hoxton Park. At Brickmakers' Creek in Liverpool it heads onto its own alignment to the centre of Liverpool and the railway station bus interchange. The system includes active traffic signal priority to give buses preference where the route crosses other roadways.[2]

Stations[edit]

Interactive map of the Liverpool–Parramatta T-way. Only the sections that are separate from public roads are marked, but the map includes all stops along the T-way.

The Liverpool–Parramatta T-way has 35 stations, spaced approximately every 800 metres. These stations are more substantial than conventional bus stops, which has led to criticism that the system is overly costly and vulnerable to vandalism. Stations feature closed circuit television, real-time information screens, emergency help points, audio announcements and extensive landscaping.[3]

One station, Parramatta Station, also forms part of the North-West T-way. The other stations are, from Parramatta:

Transit Systems Sydney's T80 service runs along the entire length of the T-way. Some of Transit System's region 3 bus routes also serve some of the T-way stations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auditor General's Report Liverpool to Parramatta Bus Transitway Auditor General of NSW December 2005
  2. ^ Currie, Graham (2010). "Bus Rapid Transit in Australasia: An Update on Progress". Built Environment. 36 (3): p.334. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Jordan Baker (2006-08-25). "Transport's vision splendid running at only half capacity". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-01-04.