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New South Wales, Australia: Ridership on buses [free access]

November 1, 2020

Between 2017 and 2019, bus ridership in New South Wales (NSW) increased at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 5.5 per cent. The increase in ridership can be attributed to an increase in the frequency of services. Table 1 provides information about bus ridership.

 

Table 1: Bus ridership (2017–2020)

Year

Ridership (million passengers)

Sydney Buses^

Private operators

Total

2017

175.66 

101.34 

277 

2018

154.65 

140.36 

295.01 

2019

134 

174.50 

308.50 

2020*

55.34 

77.52 

132.86 

Note: *-Data till September 2020; ^- Operated by State Transit Authority

Source: Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW)

 

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic

 

Between January and September 2020, bus ridership in the state contracted at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 6 per cent. Ridership on Sydney Buses contracted at a CAGR of 7.7 per cent, while ridership on buses operated by private operators contracted at a CAGR of 4.4 per cent.

 

Compared to the corresponding period in 2019, the total ridership contracted at around 57 per cent. The maximum decline in ridership was witnessed during the month of April when the state government imposed a state-wide lockdown, but has been showing an upward trend from May 2020 onwards.  Table 2 provides information about bus ridership in 2019 and 2020.

 

Table 2: Bus ridership in 2019 and 2020 (thousand passengers)

Month

Sydney Buses^

Private operators

2019

2020

2019

2020

January

10,339 

10,354 

11,701 

11,776 

February

11,030 

10,817 

14,684 

14,390 

March

12,202 

7,928 

16,541 

11,263 

April

10,739 

2,197 

13,703 

3,307 

May

11,742 

3,335 

16,758 

5,215 

June

10,410 

4,713

13,830

7,673

July

11,175

5,389

14,148

7,744

August

11,270

5,153

15,682

7,955

September

10,915

5,450

14,711

8,197

Note: ^-Operated by State Transit Authority

Source: TfNSW

 

The figure below shows the trend in bus ridershipon Sydney Buses (operated by State Transit Authority) in 2020.

 

Figure: Bus ridership in 2020


Source: TfNSW