City transport is set to receive an overhaul, as community services are ramped up to offer more free travel for residents.
At least three new community transport services could be provided over the next four years, including three-day-aweek shuttles between Dawes Point and Camperdown; and Rosebery, Alexandria and Erskineville.
A review has found multiple operating providers including Council, has proved inefficient and uncoordinated.
Councillor John McInerney said: “We as a community weren’t getting the maximum benefit from community transport. There are a number of disconnected services.”
Lord Mayor, Clover Moore said a revamp would help those who might otherwise be cut-off from shops, hospitals, and essential services.
“Through improved organisation, we can provide over 80,000 trips each year once services are fully up and running – almost double the number of trips we now provide.”
Liberal Councillor Shayne Mallard said the standard transport system is geared toward commuters with few services and needs to connects suburbs together.
“We’ve been targeting isolated and disadvantaged communities such as areas of public housing.”
“It has provided a safety net for transport for some groups.”
The shuttles are free, fixed route services that fill in the gaps of public transport, offering
the young, elderly and socially disadvantaged, travel between Redfern-Broadway and Redfern- Woolloomooloo.
Ms Jane Rogers, Manager of South East Sydney Community Transport which operates the service, said an elderly woman and her disabled daughter would save for a taxi fare for a month to see each other.
“Now they use the shuttle from Redfern to Glebe twice a week for free.”
Ms Maureen Lee, 80, started using the Woolloomooloo community shuttle about 18 months ago after a hip replacement.
“I had to use a walking stick and found it impossible to get on and off a regular bus.
Now I catch the bus around the corner from my home.
It’s so helpful and the only way I can get around,” Ms Lee said.
By Lynn Chinnock