Manly Ferry - SS Barrenjoey North Head

Public Transport Sydney

These portfolios of Public Transport Sydney contain drawings and watercolours pertaining to public transport in Sydney including bus, ferry, train and trams and railway stations created over the past 25 years.

Public transport in Sydney is provided by an extensive network of operating modes including commuter rail, light rail, buses and ferries. According to the 2006 census, in terms of travel to work or study Sydney has the highest rate of public transport usage among the Australian capital cities of 26.3% with more than 80% of weekday trips to/from Central Sydney being made by public transport.[According to the New South Wales State Plan, the state has Australia’s largest public transport system. The network is regulated by Transport for NSW, which is working towards an integrated network serving Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains,Wollongong and the Illawarra.

Sydney’s early urban sprawl can be traced in part to the development of its passenger rail network. The first rail services began in 1855, 67 years after the settlement’s foundation and a tram network which began in 1861, becoming the Southern Hemisphere’s largest by the 1920s. This rail infrastructure allowed working-class suburbs to develop at a large distance from the city centre. Rapid transit is a forthcoming transport service in Sydney, with an estimated completion date around 2019–2020.

Commuter bus services account for about half of the public transport journeys taken in the city on weekdays. Of the 921,000 weekday bus trips, 554,000 are provided by the State Transit Authority of New South Wales, a government authority, the remainder by a number of private-sector operators.East of Strathfield, the majority of the bus network replaces the city’s former tram network. Sydney Buses, a subsidiary of the State Transit Authority of New South Wales, operates a network tightly integrated with train and ferry services. Further from the CBD, services are generally operated by private-sector companies under contract to the NSW Government authority Transport for NSW. Under pressure from bus contracting reforms, many of the private bus companies have merged or entered into joint ventures. The largest private bus operator is ComfortDelGro Cabcharge, owners of Hillsbus.