Following the 2004 Unsworth Review of Bus services in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan area, service provision of buses in Sydney was divided into 15 regions, serviced by individual contracts. These contracts have been operated by a combination of the State Transit Authority and private operators. Three remaining contracts still under operation by the State Transit Authority - contract 7, 8 and 9 - entered procurement processes for private operation in 2020 and 2021.
The NSW Government retains ownership of State Transit buses and assets such as depots. The government also retains the right to regulate timetables, safety, service priorities and set fares under the Opal system.
Between December 2021 and August 2022, the NSW Government will run procurement processes for 10 regions as current contracts expire. The 10 contracts will be procured in three tranches:
- Tranche One – Greater Sydney Bus Contracts Four, 12 and 14 which covers the Hills District and the Upper North Shore. Contracts 12 and 14 can be consolidated in a single bid. RFTs for this tranche will run between December and February, contracts are expected to be awarded in June 2022.
- Tranche Two - Greater Sydney Bus Contracts Three, Five, 10 and 13 which covers Southern and South-Western Sydney between the Sutherland Shire and Fairfield Local Government Area. All contracts can be bid on using any combination of contract consolidation. RFTs for this tranche will run between March and May 2022, contracts are expected to be awarded in December 2022.
- Tranche Three - Greater Sydney Bus Contracts One, Two and 15 which covers the Western edge of the Sydney basin between the Campbelltown and Camden Local Government areas and the Hawkesbury Local Government Areas. RFTs for this tranche will run between June and August 2022, contracts are expected to be awarded in February 2023.
The length of the contracts to be procured is subject to further information from the NSW Government.
Contract Six was awarded for an eight-year term in 2018, while contract 11 was absorbed into the contract 10 service area in 2009.
|Jun 2020||Procurement for regions Seven, Eight, Nine commenced|
|May 2021||Contract Eight Award|
|Oct 2021||Contract Eight expected to transition to new provider|
|Dec 2021||Contract Seven expected to transition to new provider|
|Dec 2021||Tranche One RFTs Open|
|Feb 2022||Tranche One RFTs Close|
|Mar 2022||Tranche Two RFTs Open|
|Apr 2022||Region 9 expected to transition to new provider|
|May 2022||Tranche Two RFTs Close|
|Jun 2022||Tranche Three RFTs Open|
|Aug 2022||Tranche Three RFTs Close|
|Sep 2022||Tranche One expected to transition to new providers|
|Jan 2023||Tranche Two expected to transition to new providers|
|Mar 2023||Tranche Three expected to transition to new providers|
|Procuring Agency:||Transport for NSW|
|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.|
|Jul 2021||Transport for NSW hosted an industry briefing detailing the procurement of the remaining 10 of the 14 Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area Bus Contracts. The Greater Sydney contracts are to be procured in three tranches, with procurement for Tranche One beginning in December 2021.|