Project

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022. Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering the remaining three regions operated by the State Transit Authority, which have not previously been put to public tender. These are regions Seven, Eight and Nine that cover Sydney's Northern Beaches, Ryde, Gladesville, Lower North Shore, the CBD, and the Eastern Suburbs.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options. The new contracts will increase the number of services and include existing high-frequency services on key routes. The NSW Government will invite global public transport operators to bid for the contracts.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Jun 2020 Procurement Commenced
Oct 2021 Region Eight expected to transition to new provider
Dec 2021 Region Seven expected to transition to new provider
Apr 2022 Region Nine expected to transition to new provider
Mar 2023 Remaining 10 regions expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Jun 2020 Procurement commenced for Region Eight.
Aug 2020 Procurement commenced for Region Seven.
Nov 2020 Procurement commenced for Region Nine.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Government resources
NSW Government e-tendering page
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 10 - South Western Suburbs & Sutherland Shire

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 10 - South Western Suburbs & Sutherland Shire

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region 10, which is currently operated by the Transdev NSW, with Maianbar Bundeena Bus Service operating a certain route from Bundeena as a subcontractor to Transdev. Having absorbed the area formerly comprising Region 11 (Miranda, Cronulla, Bundeena in the Sutherland Shire) in September 2009, Region 10 now covers the south western suburbs between Bankstown, the Sutherland Shire and Engadine.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region 10 expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 13 - South Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 13 - South Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region 13, which is currently operated by Transdev NSW. Region 13 covers the south western suburbs between Lidcombe, Granville, Bankstown and Liverpool.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region 13 expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Oct 2023 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 15 - South Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract 15 - South Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region 15, which is currently operated by Busabout. Region 15 covers the south western suburbs between Campbelltown and Camden, also operating services to Wollongong.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region 15 expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Five - South Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Five - South Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Five, which is currently operated by the Punchbowl Bus Company. Region Five covers the south western suburbs between Strathfield, Bankstown and Hurstville. 

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region Five expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Four - Hills district

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Four - Hills district

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Four, which is currently operated by Hillsbus. Region Four covers the Hills district area, which includes Paramatta, Pennant Hills, Castle Hill and Rouse Hills. Other principal suburbs include Dural, Blacktown and Baulkham Hills.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region Four expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract One - Outer Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract One - Outer Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region One, that is currently operated by Busways. The current contract with Busways commenced in October 2013 and is due to conclude in October 2021. Bus Region One covers the outer western suburbs between Blacktown, Penrith, Windsor and Richmond.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options. 

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region One expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Six - Inner Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Six - Inner Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Six, which is currently operated by Transit Systems. Region Six covers the Inner West and southern suburbs, with services extending to the Sydney CBD, Chatswood, Bondi Junction, Hurstville and Miranda.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region Six expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
14/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Two - South Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Two - South Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Two, which is currently operated by Interline Bus Services. Region Two covers the south western suburbs between Liverpool, Ingleburn and Hoxton Park, with key stations at Bringelly and Glenfield.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region Two expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Three - South Western Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Three - South Western Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Three, which is currently operated by Transit Systems. Region Three covers the south western suburbs between Paramatta, Liverpool and Bonnyrig, with other principal suburbs in Cabramatta, Fairfield and Wetherill Park.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Mar 2023 Region Three expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Nine - CBD and Eastern Suburbs

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Nine - CBD and Eastern Suburbs

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Nine, that is currently operated by the State Transit Authority. Region Nine covers Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and CBD.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Nov 2020 RFT Open
Apr 2021 RFT Close
Apr 2022 Region Nine expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
May 2020 TfNSW announced that tendering for Region Seven would likely commence in August. TfNSW also made available Virtual Data Rooms for prospective tenderers for Regions Seven, Eight and Nine. These contain materials that will assist tenderers conducting their due diligence for bidding on the contracts and provide a forum for any queries or requests from bidders.
Aug 2020 TfNSW confirmed Request for Tenders would be released in November 2020. New operators are now expected to commence services in April 2022.
Nov 2020 The Request for Tender for Bus Contract Nine was released, closing on 30 April 2021.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Media releases
24/10/2019
14/05/2020
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Seven - North Shore and West

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Seven - North Shore and West

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts, the NSW Government will be competitively tendering Bus Region Seven, which is currently operated by the State Transit Authority. Region Seven covers the North Shore and West Area, stretching out to Ryde and Parramatta.

The new contracts will introduce additional bus services, provide innovative new service options, including a new fleet of zero emissions buses that will reduce air and noise pollution, and on-demand options.

Under the new contracts, the NSW Government will still own State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They will also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system. Operators will be given some autonomy in the way they plan and run services.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Aug 2020 RFT Open
Dec 2020 RFT Close
Dec 2021 Region Seven expected to transition to new provider

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
May 2020 TfNSW announced that tendering for Region Seven would likely commence in August. TfNSW also made available Virtual Data Rooms for prospective tenderers for Regions Seven, Eight and Nine. These contain materials that will assist tenderers conducting their due diligence for bidding on the contracts and provide a forum for any queries or requests from bidders.
Aug 2020 TfNSW issued an Invitation to Tender for Region Seven, closing December 2020. New Operators are now expected to commence services in December 2021.
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Government resources
Invitation to Tender - 11/08/2020
Media releases
24/10/2019
14/05/2020
Major Contract

Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Eight - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contract Eight - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

The NSW Government will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney Metropolitan Bus Contracts between 2020 and 2022.

Among these 13 contracts is Bus Region Eight, operated by the State Transit Authority until October 2021. Region Eight covers the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore area, stretching from Chatswood up to Palm Beach.

The new eight-year contract comprises:

  • operation of 24-hour B-Line
  • operation of all day express service from Dee Why to Chatswood
  • additional bus services, bringing the total to 1.2 million per year
  • introduction of 125 new zero emissions buses to the network, with older diesel buses to be progressively retired
  • installation of charging infrastructure at the Brookvale and Mona Vale bus depots
  • trialing a real-time feedback system to regulate frequency, and
  • making the trial on-demand Keoride service between Palm Beach and North Narrabeen a permanent service.

Under the new contract, the NSW Government still owns State Transit buses and assets such as depots. They also retain the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 Project Announced
Jun 2020 RFT Open
Sep 2020 RFT Close
May 2021 Contract Award
Oct 2021 Contract Commencement
Oct 2029 Contract Conclusion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for New South Wales
Successful Tenderer: Keolis Downer
Adviser (Govt): Deloitte

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2019 The NSW Government announced it will competitively tender 13 of the 14 Sydney metropolitan bus contracts over the coming three years. This follows the award of Bus Region Six in 2018 to Transit Systems. The NSW Government also announced it will be replacing Sydney's diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles.
Dec 2019 An industry briefing detailed the procurement timeline for the contracts. 13 contracts are expected to be tendered over the next three years, with new contracts established by early 2023.
May 2020 TfNSW announced that tendering for Region Seven would likely commence in August. TfNSW also made available Virtual Data Rooms for prospective tenderers for Regions Seven, Eight and Nine. These contain materials that will assist tenderers conducting their due diligence for bidding on the contracts and provide a forum for any queries or requests from bidders.
Jun 2020 TfNSW opened Invitations to Tender for Region Eight, closing in September 2020. New operators are now expected to commence services in October 2021.
May 2021 TfNSW awarded an eight-year service contract to Keolis Downer for operations of Region Eight, starting from 31 October 2021.
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Other Transport
Procurement approach
Service Contract |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Government resources
Tender Notice - 24/06/2020