Photography by: courtesy Transdev Australasia

TRANSDEV AUSTRALASIA and Newcastle, NSW-based mobility tech start-up Liftango are now in a new partnership sharing industry expertise and resources to develop on-demand transport solutions, the companies announced recently.

“This partnership will create new opportunities to integrate on-demand and share mobility solutions into our transport network..." said Liftango CEO Kevin Orr.

Take-up of on-demand services continues to grow as customers seek more personal, adaptive and technology driven transport options, according to Transdev. It is estimated that one in five Australians have used on-demand rideshare services in the past three months (Roy Morgan, 2019).

Transdev and Liftango have partnered to deliver on-demand services as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Sports Hopper’ trial in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney, Australia. The two companies have partnered on several on-demand projects elsewhere throughout Australia, Transdev confirms.


Transdev CEO Luke Agati says the two parties had shared ambitions to improve connectivity and promote greater adoption of public transport services across Australia and New Zealand.

"The partnership is an exciting opportunity to combine our shared strengths of innovation and mobility in order to provide a more personal and seamless experience for customers," Agati said.

"The success of our business is built on strong local partnerships and we are proud to be partnering with one of Australia’s most exciting local mobility start-ups in Liftango."

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Liftango CEO Kevin Orr believes the partnership will help Liftango take the next leap forward towards making public transport a convenient and flexible option again.

"Cities around the globe are combating congestion and commuter issues as our populations and urban density continues to grow. Further exacerbating the problem is the increasing demand for recent ride-hail solutions. We are still yet to understand the full impact of these services both on congestion and the public transport network," Orr said.

"However, the convenience these services offer is quickly becoming the norm for commuters.

"Our partnership with Transdev is already creating new opportunities to integrate on-demand and shared mobility solutions into existing public transport networks, which will in turn help improve the commute, keep costs down, reduce our overall carbon footprint, and start creating the transportation the cities of tomorrow will require.

"Transdev is a great partner and we are extremely excited about working with them on future mobility solutions that are shared.

"This partnership will create new opportunities to integrate on-demand and share mobility solutions into our transport network and aims to improve the future liveability of our urban centres," he explained.



Transdev is the region's leading multi-modal passenger transport provider, it states. Since 1998, Transdev has been at the heart of keeping communities moving, operating seven modes of public transport for customers across Australia and New Zealand, it adds.

In Australasia, Transdev has 5,800 people operating its 2,150 vehicles and vessels, which deliver more than 150 million customer journeys each year, it states.

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Liftango is a smart mobility solution that helps businesses overcome the problems created by an over-reliance on cars, it states.

Tackling congestion and parking headaches that both commuters and corporates experience daily, Liftango combines trusted networks, advanced geospatial technology, big data and rewards to get more people sharing their commute, it explains.

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