On Demand Transport Trial

Filed under News, Transport ~ by Press on  1 Oct 2019

On Demand transport service will be trialled in Newcastle inner suburbs and CBD.

The ‘On Demand’ transport service allows people to book a ride from a nearby pick-up point to a local transport hub or other designated location in the city.

Three vehicles, two six-passenger cars and a 11-passenger van with wheel-chair access, will service the trial area, comprising East End, Civic, Market Town, and the Newcastle Interchange from Beaumont Street Hamilton, Broadmeadow Station, Merewether, The Junction, Bar Beach, Hamilton South and The Hill.

The On Demand Service trial will operate in peak hours between 6.30am-9am and 3.30pm-6pm Monday to Friday, and is expected start this year and run for 12-months.

Bookings can be made through the Newcastle Transport app with journeys expected to cost a flat fare of $3.20.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the service would allow people in Newcastle to explore new ways to get around.

It presents a new and flexible way for commuters to make their journey into the city for work and has the potential to remove cars from the city centre opening up more car spaces in and around the city,” she said.

The trial’s aim is to encourage Novocastrians and visitors to take advantage of public transport options in the City.

The service area has been designed to support public transport use by including key transport nodes such as Newcastle interchange and Broadmeadow Station.

Transport on Demand is an emerging alternative to fixed route public transport. It is characterised by users being able to request pick-ups at times of their choosing via an app – like Uber, but significantly cheaper. It is regarded as a cost-effective way of connecting people to major transport nodes and routes. It uses smaller vehicles and only runs where there is demand.

The On Demand trial supports the City’s long-term planning and ambition for higher levels of public transport patronage and active travel creating a more pedestrian-friendly city centre.

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