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.
|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|
|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.|