Sydney Metropolitan Bus Service Contracts

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The Sydney Metropolitan Bus Service Contracts[1][2][3] (SMBSC) are contracts issued by the Government of New South Wales to metropolitan bus operators in Sydney, Australia. Since the early 2000s, the government has moved from individual contracts with operators to larger contract regions, leading to the consolidation of bus operators.

History[edit]

Current contracts operate for five years, with an option to extend for a further three years except for region 6.[4]

Region 6 was transferred from State Transit in July 2018 contracted out to the private sector.[5][6]

Regions[edit]

There are 14 contract regions as of January 2018 with regions 10 and 11 having been combined some time ago as region 10. Regions have one operator except for region 10.

Region Original Operators (2005) Subsequent Changes Current Operator Start Date of Current Contract
1[7] Area 1 Management Company Busways[8][9] 6 October 2013[4]
2[10] Area 2 Management Company Interline[11] 1 June 2014[12]
3[13] Area 3 Management Company

Western Sydney Buses

Baxter's routes sold to Westbus in September 2006[14] Transit Systems Sydney[8][15] 13 October 2013[4]
4[16] Hillsbus Hillsbus[11] 1 August 2014[17]
5[18] Punchbowl Bus Company Punchbowl Bus Company[11] 1 July 2014[4]
6[19] State Transit State Transit 1 July 2013 +[20] Transit Systems 1 July 2018 [21] for 8 years
7[22] State Transit State Transit 1 July 2013 +[20]
8 [23] State Transit State Transit 1 July 2013 +[20]
9[24] State Transit State Transit 1 July 2013 +[20]
10[25] Connex Connex renamed Veolia Transport
Veolia renamed Transdev NSW in July 2013
Region 11 absorbed into Region 10[26]
Maianbar Bundeena (route 989)
Transdev NSW (all others)
1 January 2013 +[27]
11[28] Caringbah Bus Service
Crowthers
Maianbar Bundeena Bus Service
Crowthers bought by Veolia in January 2009
Caringbah bought by Veolia in October 2011
Veolia renamed Transdev NSW in July 2013
Region 11 absorbed into Region 10[26]
12[29] Shorelink Shorelink renamed TransdevTSL Shorelink in 2008[30]
TransdevTSL Shorelink renamed Transdev Shorelink in 2010
Transdev Shorelink operations merged into Transdev NSW in 2014
Transdev NSW[8][31] 1 June 2013 +[4]
13[32] Connex
Transit First
Connex renamed Veolia Transport in 2006
Transit First bought by Veolia in February 2007
Veolia renamed Transdev NSW in July 2013
Transdev NSW 1 May 2013 +[27]
14[33] Forest Coach Lines Forest Coach Lines[8][31] 1 April 2013[4]
15[34] Busways Busabout[11] 1 June 2014[35]

+ Not tendered

Many bus operators have either gone defunct or now only operate coach/charter services. Some operators failed to regain regions in the tendering of the bus service contracts. The latest bus operators to do so were Westbus, Metro-link Bus Lines and Hopkinsons whose Region 3 services were passed to Transit Systems Sydney on 13 October 2013, with Metro-link and Hopkinsons still operating coach/charter services.

Livery[edit]

A requirement of the contracts is that operators adopt a white and two blues livery as prescribed by Transport for NSW, this was implemented from 2010. Forest Coach Lines' 2005 contract did not require their buses to be repainted blue, hence the livery applied to their buses saw the blue replaced with green. This loophole was closed when the region was tendered in 2012.[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bus Contracts, Transport for NSW, Retrieved 14 January 2018
  2. ^ Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts 2012 Transport for NSW
  3. ^ Buses and coaches, Transport for NSW, Retrieved 23 July 2016
  4. ^ a b c d e f Annual Report for year ended 30 June 2014 Transport for NSW pages 38-39
  5. ^ NSW Transport Minister announces inner-west bus region tender ABC News 16 May 2017
  6. ^ Sydney Route Privatisation Australasian Bus & Coach 16 May 2017
  7. ^ Region 1 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. Transport NSW
  8. ^ a b c d Cut costs or bus contracts will go to private sector, minister tells drivers Sydney Morning Herald 7 November 2012
  9. ^ Busways wins 300 bus contract in Western Sydney Busways 7 November 2012
  10. ^ Region 2 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. Transport NSW
  11. ^ a b c d More than 60 new buses and improved customer service with new bus contracts Transport for NSW 29 August 2013
  12. ^ Busabout News May 2014 Busabout
  13. ^ Region 3 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. Transport NSW
  14. ^ Home Baxter's Bus Lines
  15. ^ Transit Systems awarded Sydney buses contract Archived 2013-04-25 at the Wayback Machine. Transit Systems 7 November 2012
  16. ^ Region 4 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. Transport NSW
  17. ^ Annual Report June 2013 Page 4 Archived 2014-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. Cabcharge
  18. ^ Region 5 Transport NSW
  19. ^ Region 6 Transport NSW
  20. ^ a b c d Annual Report year ended 30 June 2013 State Transit Authority
  21. ^ Transit systems boosts Inner West bus servicesTransport for NSW 13 February 2018
  22. ^ Region 7 Transport NSW
  23. ^ Region 8 Transport NSW
  24. ^ Region 9 Transport NSW
  25. ^ Region 10 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. Transport NSW
  26. ^ a b Sydney Bus Contract Map 2012 Transport for NSW
  27. ^ a b Veolia Transdev Secures Bus Contracts Transdev Australasia 16 January 2013
  28. ^ Region 11 Transport NSW
  29. ^ Region 12 Transport NSW
  30. ^ TransdevTSL Shorelink News September 2008
  31. ^ a b Mixed Result for Private Bus Operators Bus & Coach Association NSW 7 November 2012
  32. ^ Region 13 Transport NSW
  33. ^ Region 14 Transport NSW
  34. ^ Region 15 Transport NSW
  35. ^ Busways Campbelltown Busways
  36. ^ Blue over green Forest Coach Lines buses Manly Daily 11 January 2013