O-Bahn bus stops to be upgraded ahead of city tunnel completion

Source: SA Government

News Date: 12 Sep 2017

Category: Roads

Hon. Stephen Mullighan
Transport and Infrastructure Minister

Almost 30 digital bus stops are proposed for the city, and signage has been upgraded at O-Bahn interchanges in preparation for the opening of the $160 million O-Bahn tunnel.

Digital bus stops displaying real-time arrivals are to be installed at 27 locations on Grenfell and Currie streets, along with signs providing more detailed information about public transport routes and popular destinations such as the Central Market.

Bus stop locations, parking and loading zones in Grenfell and Currie streets are to be enhanced to make it easier for bus passengers to access services, while also improving the flow of traffic for other road users.

Metrocard validators are also being installed at the middle and rear doors of O-Bahn buses for quicker boarding on Adelaide’s most popular public transport network.

The $2.5 million package of improvements is being rolled out to coincide with the completion of the O-Bahn City Access Project at the end of this year, when O-Bahn buses will begin using the tunnel between Hackney Road and Grenfell Street.

Hundreds of suburban bus stops are also scheduled for replacement following the tunnel opening, as well as new digital signage at Paradise and Tea Tree Plaza interchanges providing real-time information about services.

Extensive consultation has been undertaken with passengers with accessibility needs and city businesses and residents will receive further information ahead of the changes.

Background
The $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project is creating a dedicated 670-metre tunnel linking priority bus lanes on Hackney Road and Grenfell Street.

The tunnel will improve travel times and reliability for Adelaide’s busiest public transport network, which is used by more than 31,000 people each weekday.

It will also improve travel times and reliability for more than 79,000 road users who use this part of the Inner Ring Route at the intersection of Hackney and Botanic roads.

Approximately 450 South Australian jobs are being supported over the life of the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, weather permitting.

More information is available on the O-Bahn City Access Project website.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan
The State Labor Government has made a record investment in our public transport network to keep growing patronage and encouraging more people to leave the car at home.

We’re building on our most popular transport network, the O-Bahn, with major infrastructure investments such as the $160 million city tunnel and our $15 million Budget investment to upgrade Park’n’Ride facilities including extra carparks.

These additional measures will make the journey even smoother for all who use O-Bahn service by improving access and making it simpler to find and board our buses.

On average 31,000 people use O-Bahn services each weekday making it our busiest public transport network by far.

Improvements such as allowing passengers to validate at the middle or rear doors of buses will speed up boarding times and reduce the amount of time buses spend stationery at interchanges and bus stops, making these services even more efficient.

We’ll also put additional resources into services to ensure passengers are validating as they board.

Quotes attributable to Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese
We welcome any improvements to public transport services in the City of Adelaide.

Digital bus stops will be a great addition to city streets, upgrading the experience for passengers and improving visual amenity.

Digital bus stops also support Council’s Smart City Plan and the many initiatives we are rolling out through the city, such as smart parking and smart lighting.

 

Source: SA Government

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