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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

On Demand Public Transport Services To Continue in the South East

The Rixons On Demand pilot services between the South Coast and Canberra will be made permanent from 1 July 2022 providing communities with more transport options. Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the announcement was a major win for commuters along the South Coast who will have improved connections to transport hubs and shopping centres. “We have been trialling the On Demand pilots over the past three years with more than 1.1 million trips taken by customers to date,” Mr Farraway said. “On Demand means people can access public transport close to home to get them to appointments in a more flexible and convenient way, which is important living in regional areas. “The NSW Government is securing a brighter future for NSW families by strengthening public transport services ensuring they’re better and closer to home.” Member for the South Coast Shelley Hancock said she welcomed the news that the Rixons On Demand service was here to stay. “The Pilot has been immensely popular. Since the trial began in 2018, 14,200 trips have been taken by customers,” Mrs Hancock said. “Rixons Buses do a wonderful job in running the service, connecting as far north as Milton and as far south as Tuross Head to Canberra via Batemans Bay. “It’s great that the NSW Government is continually exploring new and innovative ways to provide public transport options that meet the community’s needs in the region.” The continuing South Coast to Canberra Rixons On Demand service will mirror the pilot service. Meanwhile further south in Bega Valley Shire the Flexibus On Demand pilot services also became permanent from 1 July 2022 providing southern communities with more transport options and a major win for commuters who will have improved connections to transport hubs and town centres.

The Flexibus On Demand pilot services, provided by Sapphire Coast Buslines, operate in the far south coast areas of Eden, Bega, Tura Beach, Merimbula and Pambula

“The Pilot has been immensely popular in these areas. Since the trial began in 2018, 44,000 trips have been taken,” Mr Farraway said.

The Eden Flexibus On Demand service will be extended by 40 minutes per day from 9.30am – 2.30pm and it will run Monday to Friday year-round, instead of only during the school term.

The Bega and Merimbula Flexibus On Demand services will now operate on Saturdays 9.30am – 2.30pm.

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