TRANSIT SYSTEMS PERTH BUS CONTRACTS RENEWED, EXPANDED

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transit Systems


BREAKING: Operating as Swan Transit, the Transit Systems Group (TSG) has continued to expand its services in Perth, the company has recently announced following an official statement on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) today.

TRANSIT SYSTEMS PERTH BUS CONTRACTS RENEWED, EXPANDED
The Joondalup contract - believed to be previously operated by Transdev Perth - will see the business transition more than 300 employees, three depots and 170 buses into the Swan Transit network.

The Group has retained the Marmion and Claremont Metropolitan Bus services contracts for another 10 years, and has been awarded an additional contract to provide services for Joondalup, it confirms.

Commencing on 19 January, 2020, more than 6.5 million customers per year in Joondalup will start boarding with Transit Systems Group on Swan Transit services, joining 25 million current passengers (per year) in the state, according to TSG projections.

The Joondalup contract - believed to be previously operated by Transdev Perth - will see the business transition more than 300 employees, three depots and 170 buses into the Swan Transit network, which already includes 626 buses and 13 depots locally.

The announcement to switch operators arguably comes after widely reported industrial action issues in the region.

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BEST PRACTICE

Transit Systems Group CEO Clint Feuerherdt adds that the group prides itself on creating strong partnerships, delivering a world-class service to customers, giving employees full-time employment, and opportunities to nurture and enjoy long-term careers.

"At Transit Systems Group, we pride ourselves in planning and operating a public transport bus system that is user-friendly, reliable and convenient," Feuerherdt said.

"We are confident that we will continue to deliver best-practice services across the state, and look forward to welcoming the Joondalup services and employees into our network."

In Australia, Transit Systems Group operates metropolitan bus services in Perth (operating as Swan Transit), Adelaide (Torrens Transit), Sydney (Transit Systems NSW), Victoria (Sita Group) and Darwin (Territory Transit).

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GLOBAL REACH

Transit Systems Group currently operates approximately 3,129 buses across 40 contracts in Australia, London and Singapore on behalf of governments and transport authorities. Transit Systems Group carries 344 million passengers annually on its services, the entity states.

Internationally, the Group operates significant urban bus services in the Transport for London (TfL) network (Tower Transit), and in Singapore (Tower Transit Singapore)– bringing world best practice to local operations.  

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In terms of innovation, the Group says it is leading the way in the area of sustainable transport with an electric bus trial and on-demand services in Sydney, and 10 hydrogen-powered buses operating in London.

On 8 October, 2019, it was announced that SeaLink Travel Group has entered into agreement to acquire Transit Systems Group.

SeaLink Travel Group is an Australian ASX-listed company (ASX:SLK) that currently operates the SeaLink Rottnest ferry service and Captain Cook Cruises on the Swan River.

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THE ASX STATEMENT

Entitled UPDATE SEALINK INVESTOR PRESENTATION – TRANSIT SYSTEMS WA CONTRACTS, it reads:

"SeaLink Travel Group Limited (ASX:SLK) (SeaLink) notes that the Transit Systems Group currently holds contracts to operate the Claremont (Perth, WA) and Marmion (Perth, WA) bus services. Those contracts are due to expire in January 2020 and the Transit Systems Group has been in negotiations with the Western Australian Government and associated transport authorities as preferred tenderer for those contract areas."

"SeaLink has today been advised that the Transit Systems Group has been successfully awarded binding contracts to continue to operate the Claremont (Perth, WA) and Marmion (Perth, WA) bus services for 10 years commencing in January 2020 and expiring in January 2030.

"Further SeaLink has today been advised that the Transit Systems Group was awarded a binding contract to operate a new contract for Joondalup (Perth, WA) bus services for 10 years commencing in January 2020 and expiring in January 2030."

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