Thousands of extra services will be added to the Sydney public transport network from 1 June 2020 to increase the capacity for physical distancing.
The extra services will provide more than 3100 bus services and 250 train services each week.
Based on the current physical distancing requirements, these extra services each week will help provide more than 59,000 extra spaces on trains and 37,000 extra spaces on buses.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the extra services will help customers continue to make smart travel choices and practice physical distancing on all modes.
“Transport for NSW is being more proactive and adaptable to provide customers with more information and options throughout the day to help flatten the peak travel curve,” Mr Constance said.
“Looking at the data, it is clear the majority of people have listened and made smart travel choices so far and we thank them for this. However, there has been a slight increase in peak hour travel in the past two weeks and we don’t want to see that continuing.”
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said the majority of extra services have been designed to increase capacity outside the traditional peak where they are needed most.
“Tradies, health care workers, shift workers and school kids need to travel at specific times of the day which is why we have targeted some of these extra services for them,” Mr Collins said.
People are still being encouraged to drive, walk or cycle whenever they can and continue to work flexibly if possible.