The first buses for South Australia’s On-Demand bus trials have hit the road today in Mount Barker and the Barossa to deliver better public transport services.
The On-Demand public transport service will work in a similar fashion to ridesharing apps, enabling passengers to order a bus, when and where they need it, to take them anywhere within the service area.
The ‘Keoride’ app is available in the App Store or Google Play Store and the trial which begins today will last for six months.
“The Marshall Government is continuing to deliver better public transport services and is also building almost a billion of new public transport infrastructure,” said Acting Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government David Speirs.
“We are electrifying the Gawler line, extending the Tonsley rail line to the Flinders education and medical precinct and building Park n Rides along the O-Bahn.
“All these infrastructure upgrades will create jobs and provide better public transport services.
“In addition to building public transport infrastructure, we are also trialling initiatives including On-Demand bus services to encourage more people to use public transport.
“This On-Demand public transport service will operate in a similar way to ridesharing apps and provide passengers with a faster and more personalised service.
“Millions of people use ridesharing apps across the country so they should be very familiar with this technology which should make it easy for them to adapt to quickly.
“Like ridesharing, passengers will be able to track where their bus is and order it to a point near their location to save them waiting in the rain or heat.
“Passengers will be able to track the wait time and bus location in real-time on the app and get picked up from their home or within 60-130 metres from their location.”
Member for Kavel Dan Cregan encouraged the local community to get on board and use this exciting new On-Demand public transport service during the trial period.
“Now this trial has kicked off I’ll be encouraging the local community to get on board and take advantage of this new public transport offering,” said Mr Cregan.
“I am encouraging my community to get involved with the trial and share their experience and any feedback with us.”
The On-demand transport services are available in:
- Mount Barker on weekdays from 7am to 9pm and weekends from 9am to 6pm; and,
- Barossa Valley on weekdays from 7am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 5pm.
There will be 4 buses in Mt Barker and 5 buses in the Barossa Valley providing trips in the designated service areas. A bus in each location complies with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 requirements.
In Mount Barker, rides will cost $1.50 for adults and $1 for concessions, including seniors.
Payments can be made through on board MetroCard validators, or by credit card/debit card in the App. Riders that transfer to an Adelaide Metro Service will then pay the appropriate Adelaide Metro fare.
The Barossa Valley service will see a reduced price from the current Dial-A-Ride fare to new pricing of $6 for an adult and $3 concession (previously $11.60 for an adult and $5.80 concession).
Payments can be made by credit card/debit card in the app.
The app is available by searching Keoride in the App Store or Google Play Store. Further details about the trials are available at www.sa.keoride.com.au
As part of the Mount Barker service, Adelaide Metro bus timetables will also be integrated into the app to ensure a seamless interchange between the on-demand and metro bus services.
Local stakeholder groups will be engaged to provide information on how to use the on-demand services, while Keolis Downer drivers and operations staff will also be on the ground and focused on ensuring the service is widely accessible.