NORTHERN Territory Transport Minister Peter Styles last week welcomed Transit Systems to Darwin after the company secured the contract to operate the Darwin Bus Service, following a public tender process.
Mr Styles said that Transit Systems will maintain an efficient bus service in Darwin and the new contract will provide a saving of almost 13 per cent per kilometre for taxpayers. Under the contract, the company will operate 32 buses and complete approximately 1.6 million in service kilometres per year in the Greater Darwin region.
"Government wants to get out of the way of business. The Darwin Bus Service is the last of the Territory's bus service routes that was operated by a Government Department," Mr Styles said.
The Minister said all Darwin Bus Service staff will be offered employment with the same rates of pay and job conditions. He added that public transport users will enjoy the same level of service, with all routes and fares to remain the same.
"Improving public transport systems is a key component of the Northern Territory Government's strategic priorities as an enabler of economic and social development," Mr Styles said.
"This decision means that Government can focus on its role to set the strategic direction and work on improving the design and delivery of efficient transport services.
"I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Darwin Bus Service employees over many years with the Department of Transport. I am confident that they will continue to deliver quality services with Transit Systems."
Transit Systems Pty Ltd, a member of the Transit Systems Group of Companies, is an Australian-owned family business that commenced its operations in Perth 18 years ago under the Swan Transit brand. Transit Systems have established a new company called Territory Transit as their branding for the Darwin service.