On-demand transport pilot launches at Woy Woy

Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch (centre), with some of Coast Connect’s first commuters and Mr Kevin Orr of Liftango (far right)Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch (centre), with some of Coast Connect’s first commuters and Mr Kevin Orr of Liftango (far right)

The on-demand public transport pilot for the Woy Woy Peninsula launched on May 31 at Woy Woy station. Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch and Mr Kevin Orr, chief of Liftango the company delivering the CoastConnect service, attended the launch.

“From today, local commuters will be able to enjoy a convenient, quick and cost-effective new way to travel to and from Woy Woy Station,” Mr Crouch said. “The aim of the on-demand service is to get commuters to and from Woy Woy station with ample time to make their train, and the same service will be there to pick them up on the way back.” The Central Coast is one of 11 trial locations the NSW Government is currently running across Sydney and Outer Sydney areas. On-demand public transport allows commuters to book a vehicle to pick them up from home or a nearby location.

They then receive a booking confirmation and an estimated pick-up and drop-off time at their destination transport hub. The local service will pick up customers from their chosen location within the pick zone service area to meet trains at Woy Woy station. “This service will also encourage commuters to leave the car at home, which will, in turn, help free up more parking spaces nearby the train station,” Mr Crouch said. CoastConnect services will operate Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) to meet trains at Woy Woy Station during the peak times: 5:44am to 7:47am and 4:55pm to 7:27pm.

CoastConnect will be operated by Community Transport Central Coast Ltd with fares set at a standard rate of $3.10 for trips less than 3km and $4.10 for trips greater than 3km for a one-way journey. Half-price fares will also be available for concession card holders, including pensioners, seniors, students and apprentices. The trial will provide standalone services that will not affect any existing local bus services, with data from the trial to be used to inform future public transport improvements across the local transport network. Bookings can be made through the new CoastConnect app which is now available to download at the App Store and Google Play.

SOURCE: Media releases,30-1 May 20181 Ash Plaskett, Campaign Lab Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch

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