TRANSIT SYSTEMS EXPANDS BUS SERVICE INTO KATHERINE, NT

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transit Systems


TRANSPORTING nearly 850 students to six schools and servicing approximately 850 kilometres each day, Territory Transit – Transit Systems’ local operating name in the Northern Territory (NT) – started operating 10 school buses in Katherine from the 1 February, 2021, the company announced recently.

TRANSIT SYSTEMS EXPANDS BUS SERVICE INTO KATHERINE, NT
Territory Transit drivers were recently invited to participate in a Driver Resilience Training Program survey - conducted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

In picking up the new service areas in the Katherine region - including the Tindal RAAF Base, Katherine City Centre, Katherine Gorge, Pine Creek, Binjari Community and Cossack - Clint Feuerherdt, CEO of SeaLink Travel Group, which owns Transit Systems, says they look forward to continuing to work with the Northern Territory Government and local communities.

"Since securing the Darwin Urban Bus contract in 2014, we have been delivering a reliable and comfortable service and we’re proud to expand our globally-recognised transport services into the Katherine region," he said.

Additionally, with safety of the community and drivers a priority at Transit Systems, Territory Transit drivers were recently invited to participate in a Driver Resilience Training Program survey - conducted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) - after Transit Systems was awarded national funding to roll out a dedicated campaign, it confirms.

"Safety is our number one priority as Australia’s largest multi-modal land and marine transport company; it’s a responsibility we address and incorporate in our operations every single day," Feuerherdt stated.

"Our drivers are on the roads, connecting our communities each and every day – and it’s not just about how well they drive, it’s factoring in other drivers, or challenging conditions," he said.

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RESILIENCE DEVELOPMENT

Feedback from the survey conducted by the Australian-wide network of drivers will see the NHVR create a specific course for Transit Systems to focus on, strengthening areas of growth and opportunity to further develop resilience, Transit Systems explains.

"We are proud to deliver this additional training program to our team and, with a network of 3,500 buses and 118 ferries, we know that the information and skills will be a great asset to our teams and the communities we service," he said.

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Representatives from Territory Transit are also active in local anti-social behaviour awareness initiatives and consultative groups, while the company continues to lead the way on more sustainable transport solutions with electric bus trials underway in New South Wales, Australia’s largest order of electric buses on track, and a partnership in the world’s first hydrogen bus consortium.

The company has also announced it is operating two brand new hybrid buses that rolled onto the South Australian network this month, giving customers a greener, cleaner commute.

"They proudly join our global fleet of innovative vehicles, where we have extensive experience and knowledge across electric, hydrogen and now hybrid capabilities.

"We are passionate about researching, developing and delivering more sustainable transport options and we are excited to work with partners who share our vision to create zero emission networks," he said.

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TIMETABLE INFO

School timetables and information can be found by visiting https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling/public-school-buses/katherine-timetables-and-maps

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ABOUT SEALINK

SeaLink Travel Group is Australia’s largest integrated land and marine, tourism and public transport service provider with established international operations in London and Singapore, it states.

It is one of Australia’s most experienced and diverse multi-modal transport businesses, boasting performance-driven capabilities across ferry, bus and light rail, it adds.

SeaLink is made up of Australian marine and tourism operations and Transit Systems’ domestic and international public bus and light rail transport operations, it explains. 

SeaLink moves more than 285 million customers per year, has in excess of 8,840 employees and operates approximately 3,500 buses and 118 ferries, it confirms.

 

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