Transport Minister Andrew Constance is under pressure from some transport operators to do more to alleviate the situation.
In a wide-ranging report into Sydney’s bus network, Transport Minister Constance said the city’s fleet is understaffed, with no bus drivers available for more than three hours a day.
“Our fleet is not equipped to deal with demand,” Constance told the ABC’s AM program.
“It is very, very busy and we have no drivers to provide that.”
The report said there were more than 3,000 bus drivers and passengers waiting to get to work in Sydney.
“That is not an issue that has been properly addressed,” he said.
“We know it is not a matter of a lack of interest.
It is not.
It needs to be addressed.”
He said a shortage of drivers is also a concern.
We need to resolve this issue in a matter where we are confident’The report found a lack in bus operators is not the only factor contributing to overcrowding.””
It is a matter that is not being properly addressed and we need that addressed.”‘
We need to resolve this issue in a matter where we are confident’The report found a lack in bus operators is not the only factor contributing to overcrowding.
“The number of bus drivers we have to manage and manage and managed, that is a number that is significantly higher than what we have been able to manage,” Constances deputy chief executive Ian White said.
Mr White said there is a need to find more ways to improve the situation for people in the city.
“One of the things that we’re going to do in the next 12 months is look at ways to increase the number of buses that are available to the city,” he told AM.
“If we can do that we will see that the demand is being met and it will also allow us to continue to build more capacity into the city.”
Mr White urged the state Government to step in.
“I think the state government is a good partner in the state and we do need to work together in order to resolve the situation,” he added.
“This is a long-term issue and I think we need a long period of time to address it.”
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