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Role of Transport for NSW

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2018 - 2022

Role of Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW was established by the Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2011 and began operating on 1 November 2011. This integrated transport authority is responsible for planning and policy across all modes of transport in NSW.

The operational transport agencies such as Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink, State Transit Authority and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are responsible for front line service delivery. Their focus is delivering reliable, safe and accessible transport services.

Customer service is the key driver in decision making within Transport for NSW and the transport agencies.


A snapshot of the NSW public transport system

  • The population of NSW, as of June 2016, was approximately 7.7 million people.

  • By 2036, the population of NSW will be around 9.9 million people.

  • The total number of public transport journeys in NSW in 2015-16 was 676 million.

  • Sydney Trains operate about 2953 timetable trips per day, across 961 kilometres of electrified track.

  • NSW TrainLink delivered over 36 million rail and coach journeys in 2015-2016. It operated 3050 intercity services and 713 regional services per week.

  • There were 290 million passenger journeys made in 2015-16, on buses in the metropolitan and outer metropolitan region.

  • There were 9.7 million passenger journeys made on light rail in 2015-16.

  • There were 15.4 million passenger journeys on the Sydney Ferries network in 2015-16.

  • There were 6068 taxis in NSW in March 2017, including 918 wheelchair accessible taxis.

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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