Transit Systems awarded Sydney buses contract
7 November 2012
One of Australia’s most experienced transport operators, Transit Systems, has been awarded a bus-operating contract for Contract 3 in Sydney’s bus network, servicing suburbs from Liverpool and Wetherill Park up to Parramatta.
Transit Systems CEO, Clint Feuerherdt, said the appointment of the contract by Transport for NSW was ultimately a win for residents and the community.
“We’re excited to bring our extensive experience in running and optimising transport systems to the NSW market and look forward to delivering innovative long term solutions and value for money to the community and to the Government. We credit the decision makers involved in this process for choosing an Australian company committed to generating better transport outcomes,” he said.
Transit Systems is a family-owned Australian company that has consistently performed well when compared against its much larger, internationally-owned peers. It employs over 1,790 people and in 2011 transported 63 million passengers.
Mr Feuerherdt said he believed Transit Systems’ passion for safe, efficient, reliable, innovative and sustainable transport solutions was the driving force behind the contract success.
“Our success stems from the fact that we don’t just run transport operations - across all of our services we are committed to optimising and enhancing outcomes and our bid for the Sydney contract included several ideas that we hope will improve the service for passengers.
“At Transit Systems we are continually trying to improve the experience for customers. It’s a culture I am immensely proud of and has the customers where they should be - as Number One,” he said.
Mr Feuerherdt added that passengers and the community served by Contract 3 will see immediate improvements to the services and fleet including the introduction of a significant number of new buses from the contract start date.
Transit Systems has all the elements of a great Australian success story, with its founders having started their careers at the grassroots level in the NSW bus industry over 35 years ago. It is now one of the leading bus and ferry service providers in Australia with operations also in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.
“The key is thinking about the community and providing a service that suits them. If we are delivering transport systems that the community can use with ease and convenience, they will use it and implemented correctly, it will save tax payer dollars and provide a better all round transport network,” he said.
Many governments and businesses have already seen the value in appointing an expert transport team, with Transit Systems having been awarded more tendered metropolitan bus-franchise contracts and transitioned more contracts than any other operator in Australia over the last 20 years.
“Public transport isn’t just about getting from A to B – it’s a way to connect people with work and with their communities. We are dedicated to creating better transport solutions to make the every day easier for the people that use them.
“We’re excited that Transport for NSW has acknowledged our passion and commitment to enhance the Sydney buses network and look forward to working in partnership with the agency and the NSW Government to improve services for the passengers,” he said.
The contract will be transitioned by October 2013 and will include a fleet of approximately 200 buses. Contract 3 services operate in the central south-western area of the Sydney metropolitan area and serve area of 15,640 hectares. It is bounded by the suburbs of Wetherill Park in the north, Fairfield in the east, Liverpool in the south, and Horsley Park in the west, with services connecting to Parramatta.