Sunday, 01 July 2018 22:13

BRIDJ crosses bridge of 'Uber Pool-like' public bus transport, now in Sydney's Inner West


Five of a potential 32 micro buses have arrived in six inner west Sydney suburbs, letting you book a dedicated seat via app or phone to get to destinations around the area with much greater ease.

Bridj is a form of on-demand public transport, which first launched as a trial in Sydney's West last October, and is now coming to the Inner West of Sydney.

It's like an Uber Pool of public transport – Bridj doesn't always take the same route like a normal bus service, nor does it have bus stops.

And since buses can't just stop anywhere, Bridj asks you via the app to meet the bus where it's safe to hop on board – and the company gives you handy walking directions to your pick up location via the app.

More on how it all works is here

So, what's the news?

We're told that "customers in Sydney’s Inner West will be able to book a dedicated seat on BRIDJ from 1 July, with an initial five of the potential 32 micro buses entering the region on day one of the contract, better connecting customers with existing mass transit services in the region.

"The BRIDJ service is a public transport offering delivered in partnership with Transport for NSW. The service is designed to deliver a transport experience that is more convenient, efficient and above all, personalised.

"From 1 July, BRIDJ will offer services within 'much of Canada Bay, Concord, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Mortlake and Rhodes to the north of Strathfield and Burwood train stations'.

"It is a flat adult fare of $3.10 and a flat concession fare $1.50. These fares will not be eligible for transfer rebates."

A map of the new service can be seen here, and is also above. 

The hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Friday: 6am – 11.30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 8.30pm

The iOS app is here, and the Android app is here. If you cannot make a booking via the app, you can call 02 8118 7261 for assistance.

BRIDJ also reports having had some enhancements made to its app:

  • Quicken boarding times with colour coded boarding passes which the customer can show the driver and it will feature a different colour for Opal pay and credit card.
  • Open to pay credit card + Opalpay now via the app.
  • BRIDJ has consolidated the booking page so customers can select the destination, time of travel and number of passengers, all in one screen now.
  • Enhanced visuals on the map, showing current location and destination.

You can also find more information on this new form of public transport at Transport NSW.

Here's the BRIDJ video on how it all works: 

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