Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin today announced Northern Rivers is one of seven new locations chosen for the NSW Government’s latest On Demand transport trials, providing a whole new level of choice and flexibility for regional transport customers.

“On Demand public transport enables customers to book a vehicle like a mini bus via phone, online or app, to pick you up from home or a convenient nearby location, and take you to a local transport hub or point of interest,” Mr Franklin said.

“This is public transport at a time that suits you, arriving where and when people need them so they can manage their own time without being over-reliant on their car.”

The new Northern Rivers transport service will use two Buslines mini buses to link residents of Alstonville, Wollongbar and Chilcotts Grass and Goonellabah to transport hubs that connect through to existing route services to Lismore or Ballina.

Services will operate, Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 6:30pm.

And then Saturday services will operate as follows:

Goonellabah 7:30am – 1:30pm

Alstonville:  9:00am – 2:00pm

Customers can expect to pay a standard fare starting from $2.30 and the existing Regional Excursion Daily (RED) tickets for seniors and pensioners will be accepted.

The new On Demand service for the Northern Rivers is expected to begin in early 2019 with more details on how to book through the app and online to be made available in the coming weeks.

The NSW Government is currently trialing On Demand public transport pilots across Sydney and greater metropolitan areas but Mr Franklin said this latest set of trials will be different.

“By collaborating with local transport operators and local business, these trials will not only provide new transport solutions but also stimulate economic growth in country NSW,” Mr Franklin said.

“We’ve seen great success with existing trials in metropolitan areas with more than 150,000 passenger trips in less than a year and we can’t wait to see these numbers grow here in the Northern Rivers.”

The overarching objective of the NSW Government’s On Demand Transport Pilot Program is to test and learn through the delivery of temporary pilots of new and creative transport services.