[NSW Government Media Release]
PREMIER Nathan Rees today welcomed the latest public transport figures which saw a rise of more than 10.5 million journeys by passengers on our trains, buses and ferries, over the last financial year.
"This is a vote of confidence in our public transport system," said Mr Rees.
"We already have the biggest transport network in the country and we have seen patronage continue to rise steadily.
"During these tough times, it's even more important to have affordable and reliable public transport.
"These increases result in less congested roads and environmental benefits by reducing pollution.
"I am very pleased to see the confidence placed in our trains which saw the largest influx of new passengers. Sydney Ferries numbers are also the highest since the 2000 Olympic Games.
"The thousands of staff who make the system work each and every day should be proud of these figures.
"The Government's focus on customer service created dedicated customer service officers on trains and ferries.
"We are committed to responding to passengers' issues through a customer service charter and we report back quarterly on our progress," Mr Rees said.
Results for the 08/09 financial year:
- CityRail: 304.8 million passenger journeys, up 2.9 per cent from 296.1 million.
- Sydney Buses: 192.8 million journeys, up .08 percent from 191.3 million.
- Sydney Ferries: 14.3 million journeys, up 2.5 percent from 14.0 million.
"In addition to increased patronage, CityRail has achieved on time running of 95.4 per cent against a benchmark of 92 per cent," Transport Minister Mr David Campbell said.
"The Government has 626 new-generation Waratah carriages on order, which the private sector is contracted to deliver from the end of 2010.
"On top of this 450 buses are being delivered to Sydney, Newcastle, the Illawarra and Central Coast.
"While public transport grows in NSW, it is matched by strong investment with record levels of spending on services and infrastructure," said Mr Campbell.
Source: Premier of NSW <http://www.premier.nsw.gov.au/>.