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Facts & Figures

The Numbers Have It

  • State Transit buses carry more than 600,000 passengers on some 15,000 services every working day.
  • That equates to more than 200 million customers a year.
  • There are more than 300 routes in the Sydney metropolitan area, and 29 routes for Newcastle-Lake Macquarie.
  • The buses on those routes travel 86 million kms a year.
  • Timetabled services for Sydney and Newcastle total more than 102,000 every week.
  • There are more than 1,900 State Transit buses in service and 505 new buses are joining the fleet.
  • Drivers number 3,500.
  • Passengers travelling to and from the Sydney CBD between 7am and 7pm number more than 235,000 each weekday.
  • Despite substantial bus patronage, buses make up only one per cent of total vehicles in the CBD.

Safety First

  • Personal security incidents on Sydney Buses number less than 0.56 incidents per one million boardings.
  • CCTV systems are fitted to all buses, with the latest system including four inward facing cameras and one forward facing camera.
  • All buses have door safety systems and special school bus warning systems.
  • All buses are connected by two-way radio to the State Transit Control Room.

Close By

  • Some 95 per cent of people living in areas served by Sydney Buses are located within 400 metres of a bus stop (6am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday).


SuperMetro on the Way

  • 2008 will see a pilot of new style buses with double the carrying capacity of regular buses.
  • Called SuperMetros, the buses will offer PrePay exclusively and operate on a high frequency timetable.
  • The buses will adhere to tough environmental standards, provide a more comfortable
  • ride, and help reduce vehicle congestion.
  • The first service will be trialed on the highly patronised corridors of Parramatta
  • Road and Anzac Parade, connecting Leichhardt and Kingsford.

Buses Over the Years

  • In 1930 Sydney boasted 219 privately owned bus services using 587 combustion engine buses, while in Newcastle there were 126 buses covering 77 different services.
  • The Government set-up the Department of Road Transport and Tramways in 1931 to introduce a more regulated and streamlined operation.
  • It hired a privately owned fleet, featuring the White 42 (with 31 seats), to kick-start services out of the Flat Rock Depot at Willoughby.
  • Six months after launching its inaugural Route 144 – Cremorne Junction to Manly Wharf on Christmas Day 1932 – its fleet stood at 88 buses over 16 routes.
  • In 1935 the Leyland Tiger (30 seats) was operating on Northern Beaches routes, supplemented in 1936 by the double deck Regent (61 seats).
  • Following World War II, the most popular design was the Ford Austerity – a khaki-coloured wooden framed box shaped single decker.
  • Female conductors operated on many of these buses, having been allowed to take-on the job from October 1942.
  • Between 1945 and 1948, more than 700 Leyland diesel double deck buses (61 seats) were ordered from England and brought into service.’
  • Double deck buses, including the Atlantean, remained in vogue until 1976.
  • Single deck Leylands (31 seats), with under the floor engines, dominated services from 1950 to 1972.
  • These very noisy buses ushered in the era of the one-man bus principle – the driver also taking the fares.
  • Women joined the ranks of drivers from 1970.
  • Mercedes-Benz single decks (42 seats), featuring imported chassis and locally produced bodies, introduced a modern new design and new colour scheme in the mid 70s.
  • The first generation of articulated Mercedes-Benz buses came into service in 1982.
  • The diesel powered “bendy” buses (61 seats) took to the roads in 1993.

Helping the Environment

  • In Sydney, motor vehicle emissions are the main source of air pollutants, and are also a source of greenhouse gases. A car travelling an average of 50 kilometres a day, adds up to 3.8 tonnes* of greenhouse gases, particulates and smog-causing pollutants, to the atmosphere every year. This pollutes the air we breathe and is a major cause of respiratory health problems.
  • People can help reduce air pollution by taking the bus instead of their car to work or a meeting, to shop or to visit relatives and friends. Each bus can keep up to 50 cars off the road. Imagine the reduction in pollution, noise, traffic and road congestion if every person in Sydney took just one extra bus trip a week.

* Greenhouse emission figure based on information from the Australian Greenhouse Office

Thumbs Up for PrePay

  • By 2007, there were 24 PrePay routes, spanning 12 major bus corridors across the City and serving more than 80,000 peak hour passengers.
  • PrePay boosts boarding times, providing more reliable trips and can save customers 20% on their fare when they buy a multi-ride ticket.


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