On-demand bus service at Wetherill Park starts on Monday

All eyes will be on Wetherill Park next week as on-demand buses make their debut.

Transport for NSW has partnered with Bridj – operated by Transit Systems – to deliver micro-buses to connect with T-Way stations including Hassall, Horsely Park and Prairiewood.

From Monday, commuters can trial the Bridj service for free until December 29.

After that, the normal cost of a one-way journey will be a flat $3.10 or $1.55 for concession holders.

The Bridj trial system route.

The Bridj trial system route.

Bridj General Manager John Langford-Ely said Wetherill Park was chosen for the trial as it is one of the “largest industrial employment zones” in the Southern Hemisphere.

“The Bridj trial service will provide passengers a connection between their place of work and nearby T-Way stations, which provide high frequency onward bus journeys to centres such as Parramatta and Liverpool,” he said.

“The hope is that passengers will embrace the service as a real alternative to driving their car to work.”

Using the Bridj app, customers book a bus trip with a dedicated seat and track their vehicle’s arrival at pick-up and their onward journey in real time.

The Bridj system uses data software to understand how passengers want to move around and optimises services through dynamic routing, stopping and passenger clustering.

Transit Systems’ Clint Feurerherdt said the app-based bus-service system, already trialled in the US with mixed results, will help remove “big empty buses” from suburban streets

“Bridj delivers demand-responsive services by analysing the city’s travel demand and putting on services matching that demand,” he said.

Clint Feuerherdt (right) with a Bridj bus at the Smithfield depot.

Clint Feuerherdt (right) with a Bridj bus at the Smithfield depot.

“The technology groups nearby passengers with similar travel needs and provides walking directions to the closest pick-up. The technology then creates routes based on traffic conditions and only stops where on-board passengers need to, reducing travel time.”

When announcing the trials in August, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it would transform daily commuting for people across Sydney.

"Imagine not having to check a timetable because you know your service will be there when and where you need it," he said.

The service will operate Monday to Friday between 5am – 6:30pm.

  • Transit Systems: transitsystems.com.au.