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The Number of Commuters Allowed on Sydney's Buses, Trains and Ferries Will Double from July 1

Which means 23 people will be allowed on a bus and 68 on a train carriage.
By Samantha Teague
June 16, 2020
By Samantha Teague
June 16, 2020

Under current social distancing guidelines, Sydney's public transport network is running at just a quarter of its usual capacity. But with more and more Sydneysiders heading back to work, more and more people are catching buses, trains and ferries — and, if you've tried to catch one of late, you may've noticed lines and wait times are getting longer.

Thankfully, from July 1, catching public transport will be slightly less of a headache with the NSW Government today, Tuesday, June 16, announcing that the network will almost double its current capacity from this date. Which means 23 commuters will be allowed on a bus (up from 12), 68 on a Waratah carriage (up from 32), 450 on Freshwater ferries (up from 245), 40 on a light rail carriage and 65 on Metro carriages.

While this is a significant step up from current limits, it's still less than 50 percent of the network's usual capacity — so, the NSW Government is continuing to encourage Sydneysiders to avoid travelling during peak times and to walk or ride their bike where possible. To help with the latter, Transport for NSW and the City of Sydney are constructing six new temporary bike paths, which are set to be completed by June 30 this year.

If you do decide to catch public transport, real-time apps — including TripView, TripGo, Google Maps and the Opal App — now show the safe capacity for each service and 450,000 green dot decals have been rolled out across the network, which signify the safe, socially distant spots to sit and stand.

As the public transport numbers continue to increase, the government is continuing to clean carriages three-to-four times a day and is telling commuters not to travel if they're feeling unwell. "If you feel the slightest bit unwell, don't get on the transport network, get tested," Transport Minister Andrew Constance said at a press conference today. "Don't jump on with a runny nose."

Increased capacity on public transport is just one of the restrictions set to ease in NSW on July 1. From this date, all community sport will be allowed to restart, the 50-person cap on people in hospitality venues will be lifted (and replaced by a one person per four-square-metre rule) and outdoor stadiums that can fit up to 40,000 people will be allowed to fill a quarter of their seats.

To plan your journey and for more information about Sydney transport options, head to the Transport for NSW website.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in NSW, head to the NSW Health website.

Published on June 16, 2020 by Samantha Teague
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