|Owner||Transport for NSW|
|Number of lines||13|
Metrobus (stylised as metrobus) is an Australian high frequency, high capacity bus network in Sydney that links key employment and growth centres. Metrobuses run every 10 minutes during peak periods, 15 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 20 minutes on weekends, with the intention of making timetables obsolete. Buses are painted in a distinctive red livery and all Metrobuses are wheelchair accessible. All route numbers are prefixed with an "M" followed by 2 numbers.
- 1 History
- 2 Tickets & fares
- 3 Routes
- 3.1 M10: Leichhardt to Maroubra Junction
- 3.2 M20: Gore Hill to Botany
- 3.3 M30: Taronga Zoo to Sydenham
- 3.4 M40: Chatswood to Bondi Junction
- 3.5 M41: Hurstville to Marsfield
- 3.6 M50: Drummoyne to Coogee
- 3.7 M52: Parramatta to Circular Quay
- 3.8 M54: Parramatta to Macquarie Park
- 3.9 M60: Parramatta to Hornsby
- 3.10 M61: Castle Hill to Queen Victoria Building
- 3.11 M90: Burwood to Liverpool
- 3.12 M91: Parramatta to Hurstville
- 3.13 M92: Parramatta to Sutherland
- 4 Fleet
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The network originally operated along bus trunk routes through the inner suburbs, but passed through the CBD rather than terminating there. This reduced overcrowding on the trunk routes without needing to layover extra buses in the CBD. This concept was later diluted with the network's expansion to include long distance routes servicing major activity centres in outer suburbs.
The first route, M10 from Leichhardt to Kingsford, began operation on a 12-month trial basis on 12 October 2008. During this period nine regular and six high-capacity buses with different seating arrangements were dedicated to the route.
In March 2009 an expansion of the Metrobus network with the addition of four further routes serving the inner suburbs (M20, M30, M40, M50) was announced.
In July 2010 it was announced a further eight new Metrobus routes were to be rolled out in 2011 to service suburbs in Sydney's west, north, north-west, south and south-west (M41, M52, M54, M60, M61, M90, M91, M92). This saw Hillsbus and Veolia Transport (now Transdev NSW) become Metrobus operators.
|12 Oct 2008||M10 commences|
|26 Oct 2009||M20 commences|
|28 Mar 2010||M30 commences|
|18 Jul 2010||M40 commences|
|8 Aug 2010||M52 commences|
|10 Oct 2010||M54 commences|
|31 Oct 2010||M50 commences|
|6 Dec 2010||M90 commences|
|19 Dec 2010||M41 commences|
|20 Dec 2010||M61 commences|
|7 Feb 2011||M91 commences|
|7 Mar 2011||M60 commences|
|14 Mar 2011||M92 commences|
Tickets & fares
All Metrobus services use the Opal card system to validate tickets. Metrobus routes M10, M20, M30, M40, M50, M52 and M54 are full-time pre-pay only services and require passengers to purchase a ticket before boarding.
M10: Leichhardt to Maroubra Junction
University of New South Wales
M10 runs from Leichhardt to Maroubra Junction via Parramatta Road and Anzac Parade, and commenced on 12 October 2008. The M10 Metrobus service connects with Sydney Trains stations at Central and Museum. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Broadway, Railway Square, Cleveland Street and Kingsford.
On 28 December 2008, the M10 was curtailed to Leichhardt Town Hall no longer operating to MarketPlace due to issues raised by Leichhardt Council regarding buses laying over in Lords Road. On 14 November 2010 the M10 was extended to the corner of Norton and William Streets at Leichhardt Pioneer Park. On 26 October 2009, the M10 was extended from Kingsford to Maroubra Junction. The M10 originally proceeded up George Street before turning into Park and Elizabeth Streets. On 4 October 2015, it was altered to operate via Pitt Street, Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street.
M20: Gore Hill to Botany
Town Hall station
M20 runs from Gore Hill to Botany via the Pacific Highway, Town Hall station and Botany Road, and commenced on 26 October 2009. The M20 metrobus service connects with Sydney Trains stations at St Leonards, North Sydney, Wynyard, Town Hall and Central. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Queen Victoria Building and Railway Square. M20 was extended from Mascot to Botany shops on 27 February 2011.
M30: Taronga Zoo to Sydenham
Town Hall station
M30 runs from Taronga Zoo to Sydenham station via Military Road, Town Hall station and King Street, and commenced on 28 March 2010. The M30 connects with Sydney Trains stations at Wynyard, Town Hall, Central, Newtown and Sydenham. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Neutral Bay Junction, Queen Victoria Building and Railway Square. This service was originally planned to terninate at Enmore Park although Sydenham was chosen as a more appropriate terminus. The M30 originally operated between Town Hall and Central stations via George Street. On 4 October 2015 it was diverted to operate via Park and Elizabeth Streets and Eddy Avenue. It originally commenced at Spit Junction. On 26 November 2017, it was extended to the top gate of Taronga Zoo, replacing daytime services of route 247.
M40: Chatswood to Bondi Junction
Town Hall station
|End||Bondi Junction station|
M40 runs from Chatswood station to Bondi Junction station via Willoughby Road, Wynyard station, Town Hall station and Oxford Street, and commenced on 18 July 2010. The M40 connects with Sydney Trains stations at Chatswood, Wynyard, Town Hall, Museum and Bondi Junction stations. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Chatswood, Queen Victoria Building, Wynyard, and Bondi Junction.
M41: Hurstville to Marsfield
|Via||Bexley North station|
Top Ryde City
M41 runs from Hurstville to Marsfield via Bexley North, Clemton Park, Campsie, Burwood, Concord Hospital, Top Ryde City and Macquarie Centre, and commenced on 19 December 2010. The M41 connects passengers to Sydney Trains stations at Hurstville, Bexley North, Campsie, Burwood, Rhodes, Macquarie Park and Macquarie University. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Hurstville, Top Ryde City and Macquarie Centre.
M50: Drummoyne to Coogee
|Via||Town Hall station|
M50 runs from Drummoyne to Coogee Beach via Victoria Road, the Anzac Bridge, CBD, Fox Studios, Randwick Racecourse, Randwick shops and The Spot, and commenced on 31 October 2010. The M50 connects with Sydney Trains stations at Town Hall, and Museum. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to the Moore Park area. This service was originally planned to terminate at Randwick although Coogee Beach was decided to be a more appropriate terminus.
Prior to March 2017, M50 originally ran along Anazc Parade and High Street, passing through Kensington, University of New South Wales and the Prince of Wales Hospital. However, due to construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail along High Street, M50 was amended to travel Alison Road and through Randwick shops.
When the CBD and South East Light Rail opens in 2020, it is proposed to abolish the city to Coogee section.
M52: Parramatta to Circular Quay
Top Ryde City
Town Hall station
Martin Place station
M52 runs from Parramatta to Circular Quay via Victoria Road, Top Ryde City, Town Hall station and commenced on 8 August 2010. It replaced route L20 and is supplemented by the 520 route outside of M52 operating hours.
The M52 connects passengers to Sydney Trains stations at Parramatta, West Ryde, Town Hall, St James and Circular Quay. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Parramatta, Top Ryde, Queen Victoria Building and Circular Quay. The M52 originally proceeded down George Street. On 4 October 2015 it was diverted to operate via Park and Elizabeth Streets.
M54: Parramatta to Macquarie Park
Macquarie University station
The M54 connects with Sydney Trains stations at Parramatta, Carlingford, Epping, Macquarie University, and Macquarie Park. It also allows passengers to transfer to regular buses to outer suburbs of Sydney at major transport interchanges such as Parramatta, Epping, and Macquarie Centre. On 5 June 2016, route M54 was extended to operate extra half-hourly services nightly between 8:00pm and midnight. On 6 May 2018, the M54 was extended to operate overnight services at an hourly frequency seven nights a week, thus becoming a 24-hour service.
M60: Parramatta to Hornsby
Pennant Hills station
M60 runs from Parramatta station to Hornsby via Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst, and commenced on 7 March 2011. It connects with Parramatta, Pennant Hills and Hornsby Sydney Trains stations and other bus services at major interchanges Parramatta, Castle Hill and Hornsby. It replaced daytime 600 services between Parramatta and Castle Hill which operated early morning and late night and one in the afternoon on weekdays and some limited 600 services between Parramatta and Cherrybrook. Other remaining 600 services were replaced on 3 June 2018
M61: Castle Hill to Queen Victoria Building
|End||Queen Victoria Building|
|Level||Daily with all nighter on Fridays and Saturdays|
M61 runs from Castle Hill to the Queen Victoria Building via Baulkham Hills and the M2 Motorway and complements the existing 610X service. It commenced on 20 December 2010. The M61 allows passengers to connect with services to Kellyville, Glenwood, Kellyville Ridge, Bella Vista and Stanhope Gardens at bus stops along the M2 Motorway, as well as the Castle Hill Interchange. The M61 originally continued south of the Queen Victoria Building to Railway Square via George Street until 4 October 2015 when it was curtailed.
M90: Burwood to Liverpool
M90 runs from Westfield Burwood to Liverpool station via Strathfield, Chullora, Greenacre, Bankstown, Milperra and Moorebank, and commenced on 6 December 2010. The M90 service replaced the 900 service and connects with Sydney Trains stations at Burwood, Strathfield, Bankstown, and Liverpool. It also allows passengers to transfer to other buses in Burwood, Strathfield, Bankstown and Liverpool. The M90 also connects with the M91 and M92 services at Bankstown and with the Liverpool-Parramatta T-way.
M91: Parramatta to Hurstville
M91 runs from Parramatta to Hurstville via Granville, Chester Hill, Yagoona, Bankstown, Padstow, Peakhurst and Penshurst, and commenced on 7 February 2011. The M91 service replaced the 910 and 948 services and connects with Sydney Trains stations at Parramatta, Granville, Chester Hill, Yagoona, Bankstown, Padstow, and Hurstville. The M91 connects with the M52, M54, M60 and M92 services at Parramatta, the M90 and M92 services at Bankstown and the M41 at Hurstville as well as connecting with local bus services.
M92: Parramatta to Sutherland
M92 runs from Parramatta station to Sutherland via Lidcombe, Bankstown, Padstow and Menai and began 14 March 2011, it was the last Metrobus route launched. it connects with the Sydney Trains stations at Parramatta, Rosehill, Lidcombe, Bankstown, Padstow and Sutherland. The route largely duplicates route 962 between Bankstown and Sutherland, with the difference is that M92 bypasses Illawong and Menai Marketplace.
When operations commenced, services were operated by dedicated fleets in a red livery. As new buses have been delivered these have been painted in Transport for NSW's white and blue livery.
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- "All aboard: super-size buses will leave others standing" Sydney Morning Herald 16 August 2007
- Expansion of Metrobus Network Across Sydney Office of the Premier of New South Wales 25 March 2009
- "Boost for Sydney's red bus network" Sydney Morning Herald 20 July 2010
- Transit Systems Boosts Inner West Bus Services Transport for NSW 13 February 2018
- Annual Report for year ended 30 June 2011 Department of Transport
- "Metrobus Developments: Australian Bus issue 41 September 2010 page 16
- A new CBD bus network Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Transport for NSW
- CSELR-Environmental-Impact-Statement Volume 2: Technical Papers 1 & 2 Transport for NSW 14 November 2013 (pdf 36MB)
- Metrobus M20 extended to Botany Shops from 27 February 2011 NSW Transport
- Bus Changes November 2017 Transport NSW Info
- M41 – Hurstville to Macquarie Park starts Sunday, 19 December NSW Transport
- South East bus changes March 2017, Transport for NSW
- Metrobus M60 ComfortDelGro Cabcharge
- Western Sydney bus service improvements Transport for NSW
- Metrobus M61 ComfortDelGro Cabcharge
- Metrobus Transdev NSW
- Timelines - Sydney Region Route Number System Sydney Private Bus Routes