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Franchised Bus Networks Could Unlock Congestion

Release Date: 1/03/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber said the report by Tourism Transport Forum (TTF) ‘On the Buses: The Benefits of Private Sector Involvement in the Delivery of Bus Services, shows the potential economic benefits if the private sector operated buses across the whole Sydney network.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “Given the success of the operation of Sydney Ferries under a private-sector franchised model the same benefits including strong customer satisfaction as well as improved efficiency would be available if the whole Sydney bus network was contracted to the private sector.
“In February this year, an audit of Harbour City Ferries by the New South Wales Auditor-General said, ‘The expected benefits of franchising have been realised’, with the audit finding about $100 million in savings since 2012 and a good service performance.
“That Sydney has a hybrid system of part government and part private sector operation is an accident of history and one that is well past its use-by-date and one that has no valid reason to be sustained.
“In Sydney 41% of all trips are taken by bus, improving the system would surely improve productivity of the city.
“The TTF report identifies $1billion dollars of savings which could be spent on additional services, new buses or other areas of public transport.
“In 10 years, Sydney will house another 1 million people, new ideas to address the $5 billion congestion costs Sydney each year should be examined,” said Mrs Forsythe.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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