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Health advice allows public transport capacity to double

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More commuters will be welcomed back to public transport next month, following an increase in the number of people allowed on trains, buses, ferries and trams.

In line with NSW Health advice, from Wednesday 1 July the number of people allowed on public transport will double, a typical two-door bus will be able to carry 23 customers, up from 12.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said health experts had advised that capacity on all modes of transport can now be increased in a COVID safe way.

“We are at a stage where we can safely allow more people back on the public transport network,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Passengers still need to leave a space or an empty seat between themselves and other customers and continue to find green dots for the safest places to sit and stand. No green dot, no spot,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Employers should continue promoting flexible working arrangements where possible and people are reminded to travel outside the commuter peak hours when they can, or to walk or cycle short distances.” 

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said increased cleaning, services and staff will continue to support customers as they return to the public transport network. 

“Customers will still be seeing hundreds of additional transport staff including Transport and Marshalling Officers across the network as well as the hundreds of cleaners who have already carried out more than 240,000 hours of cleaning since the start of March this year,” he said.

“The thousands of extra weekly services we added to the network in early June 2020 will also continue to help customers make better travel choices and practise physical distancing on all modes.”

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