Capacity restrictions on Sydney’s buses, trains, light rails and ferries are being eased from today as workers return to the office and commuter numbers increase. The green dots will remain in place (in case another Covid-19 outbreak occurs), but commuters are free to ignore them and sit or stand next to other passengers once again, hopefully leading to less crowding in vestibules and aisles.

“Health advice now allows public transport services to increase capacity, which means people can now sit next to each other on their trip,” Acting Minister for Transport and Roads Paul Toole said in a statement. “We know the fight against Covid-19 isn’t over, so we’ll keep green dots on services in case we need them again down the track.”

Services on the city network return to 75 per cent capacity from today (trains were previously running at 55 per cent, buses at 45 per cent, ferries at 51 per cent and light rail at 25 per cent), while regional services are returning to 100 per cent booking capacity.

Waratah trains will now carry up to 122 passengers per carriage, up from 86; two-door buses will hold 66 customers, up from 42; light rail services will be permitted 156 people per carriage, up from 54; and ferries to Freshwater will carry 800 customers, up from 543.

While masks are no longer mandatory, the government continues to strongly advise that passengers wear them. The government also recommends registering your Opal card online to assist with contact tracing, and you should avoid public transport if you’re feeling unwell or displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.

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