Sprinters for on demand trial


Ten Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer Minibuses will be used as part of an on-demand public transport trial in New South Wales, it has been confirmed this week

Sprinters for on demand trial
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer Minibuses will soon be shuttling people around the streets of Sydney and in regional New South Wales as part of an on-demand public transport trial

 

The new on-demand ride service called Transdev Link and operated by international transport company Transdev in partnership with Transport for New South Wales, will launch later this year. 

The service will offer commuters a flexible door-to-door transport solution to get to and from major activity hubs such as bus and train stations, with the ability to book online, by phone or via an app.

"With Transdev Link customers can put their bus timetables away, and enjoy a personalised shuttle service when and where they need it in their local area," Transdev CEO René Lalande says.

"The combination of on-demand transport, with traditional bus, rail and ferry services can deliver better customer service outcomes, reduce congestion and offer value for money for Government."

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer Minibuses will feature free WiFi, USB points for charging mobile devices, electric sliding doors and privacy glass. Some will also be fitted with wheel chair lifts to accommodate people travelling with disabilities. 

"Driving change and innovating to improve the convenience and comfort of public transport has the potential to positively impact so many people’s lives," Mercedes-Benz Vans managing director Diane Tarr says. "It’s a fantastic initiative by both Transdev and the New South Wales Government and we are very pleased to be a part of it."

All pilots in this trial will provide a standalone service that will not affect any existing local bus services. Each trial will have its own pricing scheme ranging from $1.30 to $3.10 for a standard trip.

Areas included in the first roll out of on demand trials will be in Manly and the Eastern Suburbs in Sydney, as well as the Sutherland Shire. 

 

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