After hitting the streets of Wetherill Park in December last year, on-demand micro-bus service BRIDJ will operate in Sydney’s West and Inner West from Sunday July 1.
The first of its kind in Sydney, BRIDJ is pitched as a “dynamic pop-up” transport option that operates in a similar vein to ride-sharing services such as Uber. But with BRIDJ you can order a small bus to pick you up via your smartphone app – permitting it’s within the range. The app allows you to track your ride, just like Uber, and you can also book it 48 hours in advance.
The service will be available across the West and Inner West, which includes Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre, Concord General Hospital, Mortlake, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Burwood and Strathfield. The route is designed to fill in the gaps between existing public transport hubs, making it easier to get around.
Operated by Transit Systems in partnership with Transport for NSW, BRIDJ buses will be available between 6am and 11.30pm on weekdays; on weekends you can ride between 8am and 8.30pm.
The route will vary slightly, depending on traffic conditions and demand, and without stops, the buses will only be able to stop and collect commuters in safe locations.
A one-way trip costs $3.10 for an adults or $1.50 for concession-card holders, including pensioners, seniors, students and apprentices.
The service will launch with five micro buses in the Inner West, but the fleet could expand to 32 in the future.
If you don’t live in the area, keep an eye out around the city – the on-demand buses will soon be trialled in other precincts such as the Eastern Suburbs, Manly and Macquarie Park.