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COVID-19: What we are doing

Transport for NSW would like to thank our customers and staff across NSW for their support and hard work during this time.

We're continuing to do everything we can to make our network as safe as possible to travel on.

We have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning across all public transport. Some modes are being cleaned up to four times a day.

Our staff are:

  • Wiping down high-touch surfaces like handrails and Opal readers with strong disinfectant every day.
  • Cleaning key interchanges more frequently throughout the day.
  • Providing hand sanitiser at key transport hubs, including at high demand stations.

To help you stay COVID safe on the network, we are:

  • Tracking passenger numbers in near real-time to help manage customer flow and crowding.
  • Increasing public transport services where capacity and resources are available.
  • Deploying extra staff at stations, interchanges, wharves and stops to assist customers as they move through the network. These marshals will also be available to assist any customer with visual impairments or any other disability.

Estimated capacity in the Trip Planner and Opal Travel App

Estimated capacity information is now available for all metro and train, Opal-enabled bus, ferry and light rail services in the Trip Planner and Opal Travel App to help you plan ahead. Based on previous data, the estimated capacity is used whenever real-time data is unavailable.

If you see:

  • A one person icon and/or green indicator shows shows seating space in the service.
  • A two person icon and/or amber/orange indicator shows limited space in the service.
  • A three person icon and/or red indicator shows service has reached capacity.

COVID capacity onboard guidelines

  • From 11 October 2021 capacity has been increased on all public transport modes to around 50 percent.
  • The number of seats available per travel mode are shown below.
  • Figures refer to both seated and standing capacity.
  • Figures are indicative and are subject to change. Please check capacity before boarding.
 
Mode Number of green dots per vehicle

Metro

Sydney Metro North West

  • 65 per carriage

Train

Sydney Trains

  • Waratah - 70 per carriage
    T1, T2, T3, T5, T8, T9
  • Millennium - 76 per carriage
    T1, T2, T3, T5, T8, T9
  • Tangara - 68 per carriage
    T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T8, T9
  • C-set - 61 per carriage
    T2, T3, T5, T8
  • K-set - 62 per carriage
    T2, T3, T5, T7, T8

NSW TrainLink

  • Oscar - 62 per carriage
    T1, T4, T9, CCN, SCO
  • V-set - 59 per carriage
    BMT, CCN
  • Hunter - 42 per carriage
    HUN
  • Endeavour - 47 per carriage (100% capacity)
    BMT, HUN, SCO, SHL
  • XPT - 139 per service
    North Coast NSW, Western NSW, Southern NSW
  • Xplorer - 73 per service
    North Western NSW, Western NSW, Southern NSW
  • Coaches - 22 per bus

Bus

  • 2 door - 42 per bus
  • 3 door - 40 per bus
  • Double decker - 52 per bus
  • 2 door city bus - 27 per bus
  • 1 door urban bus - 29 per bus
  • 2 door urban bus - 27 per bus

Ferry

Sydney Ferries

  • Freshwater - 543 per ferry
    F1
  • First Fleet - 177 per ferry
    F2, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8
  • RiverCat - 101 per ferry
    F3
  • SuperCat - 182 per ferry
    F5, F6, F7
  • Emerald - 253 per ferry
    F4, F5, F6, F7
  • HarbourCat - 70 per ferry
    F3, F4

Newcastle Ferries

  • Stockton - 70 per ferry
    Stkn

Light rail

Inner West light rail

  • 71 per service
    L1

CBD and South East light rail

  • 136 per service
    L2, L3

Newcastle light rail

  • 54 per service
    NLR

Help is available for those who need it.

At stations and on buses staff will deploy ramps, help with questions and provide directions.

On the Sydney Light Rail, Drivers will deploy the ramp on L1 Dulwich Hill Line services, while L2 Randwick Line and L3 Kingsford Line are fully accessible. It means you can board and alight services independently. For urgent assistance, help points are available on all platforms and onboard all light rail vehicles.

We have deployed hundreds of extra staff at stations, interchanges, wharves and stops to assist any customer with visual impairments or any other disability.

Transport for NSW acknowledges some customers do not have visible disabilities. We want to assure them our staff will be there to help either in person on the network or through our customer service phone lines.

Priority seating is available on every public transport mode for our priority customers.

Children and customers requiring assistance, such as those with disability, will be given priority access. If you feel uncomfortable and choose to get off, please be patient while waiting for the next service.

Light rail journeys have been made safer with doors now opening automatically at every stop to minimise your contact with light rail vehicles.

Staff will validate tickets without contact via Opal card payment.

Opal single tickets are no longer sold on bus services across the Opal network. You can use an Opal card, or contactless credit or debit card or device to pay for your travel.

We publish multi-modal travel data to help you plan ahead and understand the latest travel trends. You can filter by public transport mode, day of the week or key commercial centres in greater Sydney and regional NSW. See Travel Insights dashboard.

Other modes of transport

Supporting students returning to school

Transport for NSW is working closely with the Department of Education and the education sector and is playing a vital role in supporting students getting back to school.

The NSW Government’s policy is to not leave a school student behind.

There are currently no physical distancing restrictions on dedicated school services.

School students will be given priority over other customers on general services, even if this means a service goes over capacity.

Adults may have to wait for the next service or may choose to get off if they are not comfortable with how many customers are on a service.

Parents and carers should make travel choices which suit their individual circumstances, including driving, walking and cycling.

Transport for NSW is here to support our customers with real time information provided through the Trip Planner, travel apps, and social media to see which services have space available.

Transport for NSW continues to ramp-up cleaning across the network with a daily focus on high-touch areas like handrails and Opal readers.

Students are reminded to tap on and tap off using their Opal cards on Opal enabled services.

Everyone must remember they have a role to play in making the public transport network as safe as possible.

Our frontline people have been doing an amazing job and we ask everyone to continue to show respect and understanding.

To help keep yourself and others safe and keep traffic levels lower, we’re encouraging everyone to walk and cycle if they can.

By choosing to walk and cycle to work, school, the shops or for local trips, you are keeping yourself fit and healthy, saving money and staying safe.

Pop-up cycleways

We are working with councils across Sydney and surrounds to open new pop-up cycleways that connect to existing cycling routes and employment hubs.

Speed limits along these cycle routes are reduced to provide a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Find out more about pop-up transport options and locations.

Plan your walking or cycling trip

You can use the Trip Planner to plan a bike ride or walking route for all or part of your trip. Select your preference for:

  • walking or cycling
  • how long you want to allow for each option
  • your preferred speed

Pedestrians are reminded

  • Roads may be less congested, but stick to the Road Rules for pedestrians. These include:
    • obeying signals at crossings
    • crossing at a pedestrian crossing if one is available
    • not walking on the road (unless there’s no footpath or nature strip to walk on)

Automated pedestrian crossings

Automated pedestrian crossings at traffic lights within the Sydney CBD and key health districts across the Greater Sydney area are active 24 hours a day to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

You do not have to push the button at signalised crossings to safely cross the road in the CBD or these health districts.

Bicycle riders are reminded

  • Ride on low traffic roads/dedicated bike paths or shared paths if you are a new or less experienced rider
  • Roads may be less congested, but stick to all the Road Rules for bicycle riders; these include:
    • wear an approved helmet, securely fitted and fastened
    • use lights at the front and back at night or when the light is poor
    • if you’re riding with children under the age of 16, you can ride on the footpath; however, you must keep left and give way to pedestrians
  • Give yourself plenty of buffer space, look out for car doors opening and leave yourself room to stop
  • Increase your visibility by wearing bright or high-vis clothing
  • Use your own bike if you can and make sure it is well maintained – tyres are pumped, chain is oiled and brakes are working

For more cycling information:

Face masks must be worn at all times by passengers and drivers in point to point vehicles (taxis and hire vehicles, including rideshare) and at taxi ranks, which includes any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at a taxi rank.

NSW Health advises you to travel in the back seat with a mask on.

Should a passenger not be wearing a mask, a driver may refuse to provide a point to point service as it may be a safety risk. This does not apply to children under 12 or persons with a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability that makes wearing a fitted face covering unsuitable including, for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma.

Some travel advice when using taxis, rideshare and hire cars:

  • Do not travel if unwell
  • Practise good hygiene
  • Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze
  • Sit in the backseat of the vehicle
  • Use contactless payments where possible
  • Handle your own luggage where possible

Our Point to Point commissioner is working closely with the industry to provide additional advice and support, including new vehicle sanitisation stations in 13 locations across the state.

Drivers are reminded to obey the road rules and take care.

Drivers and motorcycle riders are reminded

  • Continue to follow the Road Rules
  • Watch your speed and always comply with speed limits; lower speeds reduce the severity of crashes
  • Keep a lookout for pedestrians on, or crossing, the road – there are many more around
  • Look out for bicycle and delivery riders – always check your blind spots and remember to observe the minimum passing distance for bikes too:
  • 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less
  • 5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h

Parking

If you have to travel by car into the Sydney CBD or other CBD precincts for work, plan ahead and consider the available car park options.

Check commercial car park websites or local council websites for more details on available parking locations near your place of work.

Please note the Moore Park Showground Field pop-up commuter car park closed on Thursday 1 April 2021. Car park users are encouraged to use trip planning tools to find the best way to and from their workplace by public transport, active transport options or the various parking facilities in the Sydney CBD.