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Shuttle bus for industrial area

At the 23 June Council meeting Willoughby City Council considered four options for a shuttle bus to service the Artarmon Industrial area. Depending on the option implemented, over a period of 5 years the bus service could cost the Council from $1.5M to $3M to operate.
The bus initiative is recognition of the importance of the economic benefits the Industrial Area brings to the local area and a reflection of Council's broad commitment to sustainability.
Ten Councillors unanimously voted to support a trial of two buses operating five days a week mostly during peak periods.
In addition discussions are underway with the Ministry of Transport and developers of the ABC site. The ABC site developers have, as a condition, a requirement to provide a shuttle bus service between the site and St Leonards station. The development conditions stipulate the bus should carry a minimum of 25 passengers and operate from 7am to 10pm (subject to a patronage review). According a report prepared for Council, the ABC site is expected to bring an additional 4000 people to the area.
The Ministry of Transport is currently considering the diversion of the 200 bus service through the Industrial area during peak times.

by Glenda Hewitt

Courtesy of Gazette August 2008


Shuttle Bus
Shuttle Bus





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