More commuters in Sydney’s northwest now have access to On Demand buses with new areas opened up around Schofields Station.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said that the expansion came in response to feedback from commuters and coincided with the two year anniversary of the start of the services.

“For almost two years The Ponds On Demand bus has been connecting commuters with Metro services at Tallawong and Rouse Hill, as well as Sydney Trains services at Schofields. Patronage has remained strong throughout the pandemic with just over 9,400 commuters catching the service in March,” said Mr Conolly.

“The service is now extended north east of Schofields Station to the parts of Schofields and Tallawong bordered by Railway Terrace to the west, Kensington Park Road to the north and First Ponds Creek to the east.

“Commuters will be able to book via the Cooee app which has been integrated with real-time information on fixed bus routes in the area. This means that commuters will be able to decide whether to catch a regular route service or book a spot on the On Demand bus.

“This will especially benefit commuters travelling during off-peak times when regular route buses aren’t as frequent.”

Mr Conolly also encouraged On Demand commuters to sign-up for an Opal Connect account to benefit from a $2 travel credit when they transfer to any Opal network service, such as a bus, train or Metro service, within one hour of catching an On Demand bus.

“The $2 travel credit for commuters with an Opal Connect account provides even more incentive to leave the car at home and catch public transport,” said Mr Conolly.

Commuters using the Norwest On Demand service are also set to benefit with the operating hours of that service expanded from 6am – 10am and 4pm – 9pm to 6am – 11am and 3pm – 8pm. This service covers the suburbs of Glenwood, Kellyville and Bella Vista connecting with the Bella Vista, Norwest and Showground Metro stations.

To find out more information about On Demand transport in Sydney’s north west, visit www.transportnsw.info.

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