Transdev Australasia

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Transdev Australasia
PredecessorVeolia Transport Australia
Transdev Australia
HeadquartersMelbourne, Australia
ProductsPublic transport
DivisionsBuslink Vivo (50%)
Harbour City Ferries
Transdev Auckland
Transdev Brisbane Ferries
Transdev Melbourne
Transdev NSW
Transdev Queensland
Transdev Sydney
Transdev WA
Transdev Wellington

Transdev Australasia is an operator of bus, ferry, light rail and rail services in Australia and New Zealand. It is a subsidiary of French-based, international Transdev. It was formed in 2013 by grouping the operations of Veolia Transport Australia[1] and old Transdev together, as a result of the global rebranding from Veolia Transdev to Transdev.

As of February 2018, Transdev Australasia employed 5704 people and operated 2,150 vehicles and vessels, delivering more than 145 million customer journeys each year across Australia and New Zealand.[2]

Current operations[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

A Transdev NSW rail bus

Transdev NSW[edit]

Transdev NSW is a bus company operating services in the southern and western suburbs of Sydney, including those previously by Transdev Shorelink Buses. The origins of the company that is now Transdev NSW can be traced back to February 1935 when GH Ramsay commenced a bus service between Sutherland station and Woronora River. After series of purchases and changes of name, the company was purchased by Connex in 1999 and rebranded Transdev NSW in 2013. Since 2005, the company's services have formed part of Sydney Bus Regions 10 and 13,[3][4] with the company also taking responsibility for Region 12 from Transdev Shorelink Buses in 2013.

Transdev Sydney[edit]

A Transdev maintenance vehicle outside the Arlington light rail stop in Sydney.

Transdev Sydney operates light rail services in Sydney on behalf of Transport for NSW.[5] The light rail network includes the Dulwich Hill Line and from 2019, the CBD and South East Light Rail. Formerly known as Veolia Transport Sydney, it also operated the Sydney Monorail until June 2013.

The operation of the light rail and monorail in August 1998 was Veolia Transport's first venture into Australia, and was still known as CGEA Transport back then.[6] CGEA Transport formed a joint venture (51%) with Sydney Light Rail Company (SLRC), which were the owners of the Sydney Light Rail, called CGEA Transport Sydney. The joint venture was formed to purchase TNT Transit Systems, the owner of the monorail and operator of the light rail. This resulted in CGEA Transport owning the monorail as well as operating the light rail. CGEA Transport, already renamed to Connex in 1999, sold its share of the monorail to the SLRC in early 2001.[7][8] The SLRC and CGEA Transport Sydney (without the Connex share) later combined to form Metro Transport Sydney. Metro Transport Sydney continued to contract the operation services to the Connex, whose subsidiary was known as Veolia Transport Sydney since 2005.[9]

After the Metro Transport Sydney's purchase by the Government of New South Wales on 23 March 2012, the operation contract with Veolia Transport Sydney was maintained.[10] The monorail was decommissioned on 30 June 2013.[11][12] A new contract, beginning in mid 2015, covering operation of the Inner West and CBD and South East Light Rail lines was signed with the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium in December 2014. As a member of the consortium, Transdev retained the right to operate the Inner West line (now renamed Dulwich Hill Line) and the new line when it opens in early 2019.[13]

Harbour City Ferries[edit]

Transdev owns Harbour City Ferries, which operates Sydney Ferries services under contract to the Government of New South Wales. It was initially formed as a 50/50 joint venture with Transfield Services (later Broadspectrum) in 2012, until Transdev acquired Broadspectrum's share in December 2016.[14]

In 2011, the NSW government decided to contract out ferry services to the private sector. In May 2012, Harbour City Ferries was announced as the successful tenderer to operate the services.[15] Operations commenced on 28 July 2012.[16]

On Demand bus services in Sydney[edit]

In November 2017, Transdev, in partnership with Transport for NSW, launched RIDE Plus on demand bus services in Sydney's Manly and Eastern Suburbs,[17][18] and Transdev Link on demand services in the Sutherland Shire.[19]The Eastern Suburbs service ceased in August 2018 and was replaced by a Bridj on demand service that covers a smaller area.[20][21]

New Zealand[edit]

Transdev Auckland[edit]

Transdev Auckland operates urban passenger trains in Auckland under contract to Auckland Transport on infrastructure owned and managed by KiwiRail.

Transdev Wellington[edit]

Transdev Wellington is the operator of Wellington's Metlink rail network, in partnership with Hyundai Rotem, having been awarded the contract to operate and maintain the rail system in December 2015. The nine-year contract, with two possible 3-year extensions, commenced on 1 July 2016 with Transdev Wellington taking over the running of the network on 3 July 2016.[22][23][24]


Since 2016, both Queensland operations (Transdev Brisbane Ferries and Transdev Queensland) in Brisbane share the same website and the brand Transdev Brisbane, while remaining distinct and separate operations.

Transdev Brisbane Ferries[edit]

Transdev Brisbane Ferries (formerly Metrolink Queensland & TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries) is the operator of the Brisbane City Council's ferry network under the TransLink integrated public transport scheme in Brisbane.

Prior to 2003, Brisbane City Council contracted River Connections to provide CityCat and Cityferry services in Brisbane. In 2003, Brisbane City Council contracted Metrolink Queensland (a joint venture between Transdev and Transfield Services) to operate and maintain CityCat and Cityferry services in Brisbane for at least seven years. In 2008, the operation was renamed TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries. In 2010, TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries were awarded a new 10-year contract. In 2010 Transfield sold its shares back to Transdev,[25] and in 2013 the operation was renamed to Transdev Brisbane Ferries.

Transdev Brisbane Ferries operates Cityferry and CityCat services between the University of Queensland St Lucia campus and Hamilton on the Brisbane River.[26] As of February 2018, Transdev Brisbane Ferries's fleet consists of CityCats, CityHoppers and CityFerries.[27]

Transdev Queensland[edit]

Transdev Queensland is a bus company operating services in the Redland City region of Brisbane. It operates 31 services under contract to the Government of Queensland under the TransLink banner.


Transdev Melbourne[edit]

Transdev Melbourne commenced operating about 30% of Melbourne's bus network on 4 August 2013, following their successful bid for the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise.[28] Transdev operates 52 routes across metropolitan Melbourne with a fleet of around 500 buses from four depots.[29]

Western Australia[edit]

Transdev WA[edit]

Transdev WA operates 480 buses in Perth under contract to the Public Transport Authority.

Joint ventures[edit]

Buslink Vivo[edit]

Transdev owns 50% of Buslink Vivo, a joint venture with Buslink that from 2013 until 2016 will operate employee bus services in Darwin during the construction of the Ichthys Liquified Petroleum Gas project.[30][31]

Former operations[edit]

Western Australia[edit]

South West Coach Lines[edit]

South West Coach Lines is a bus and coach operator in South West Western Australia purchased in November 2007 by Veolia.[32] Following the loss of the TransBunbury and TransBusselton contracts to Swan Transit from January 2015,[33][34] the remainder of the business was sold to the Australian Transit Group.[35][36]


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  17. ^ "MEDIA RELEASE: NEW RIDE PLUS ON-DEMAND SHUTTLE TO MAKE COMMUTING A BREEZE" (PDF). Transdev Australasia. 16 August 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
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  20. ^ "News". Bridj. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  21. ^ "On Demand public transport changes for Eastern Suburbs". Transport for NSW. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  22. ^ TRANSDEV HYUNDAI ROTEM ANNOUNCED PREFERRED BIDDER TO OPERATE GREATER WELLINGTON RAIL NETWORK Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine., Transdev Australasia, Retrieved 5 January 2016
  23. ^ "Article details | Transdev Auckland". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  24. ^ UK, DVV Media. "Transdev takes over in Wellington". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  25. ^ "TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries History". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  26. ^ "CityCat Timetable" (PDF). pp. 1–8. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  27. ^ "About Brisbane Ferries Fleet". Transdev Brisbane. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  28. ^ "Preferred tenderer announced for the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise" (Press release). Public Transport Victoria. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  29. ^ "Invitation for Expressions of Interest Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise Volume 2 – Melbourne and its Bus and Public Transport Networks" (PDF). Public Transport Victoria. pp. 14, 22–26. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  30. ^ Top end tender awarded Australasian Bus & Coach 22 November 2012
  31. ^ Veolia Transdev awarded 140 million euro contract in Australia Transdev 7 December 2012
  32. ^ Veolia Transport experiences unprecedented patronage growth in Australasia in 2007 Veolia Environmental Services] April 2008
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  34. ^ Provision of Busselton Regional Town Bus Service Tenders WA 16 December 2014
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  36. ^ Australian Transit Group - Contact Us, Retrieved 12 February 2016

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