Transport for New South Wales wants to improve bus services between the northern beaches and the CBD.
The plan was originally called BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) but is now the B-line. It is to run new double-deck buses from Newport across the Spit Bridge and across the Harbour Bridge.
The extraordinary thing about B-line is its cost. There are to be 38 new vehicles costing about $650000 each which totals about $25 million. There are to be minor changes to bus stops and kerbs at many places and there is to be lopping and/or removal of a number of trees. There are to be 250 parking spaces provided at Warriewood, 250 at Brookvale, 150 at Manly Vale and 120 at Dee Why. A former cinema building at Spit Junction has been demolished and some of its frontage is to become a bus stop. Nothing in all that begins to explain the half-billion dollar ($516 million) total cost of the project.
Most B-line services will not stop at North Sydney. But if any do, many trees in Miller St will need ugly pruning. Public transport routes should of course serve major centres like North Sydney rather than bypass them.
Transport for NSW should find a way to serve North Sydney, perhaps by building inbound and outbound B-line stops on the Warringah Freeway near the Mount St underpass. Walking between the stops and Victoria Cross should be simple, legible, quick, easy and under cover.
The NSW Opposition has alleged that B-line will barely increase public transport capacity in the Northern Beaches area and therefore isn't worthwhile. No doubt some existing services will be removed, so any capacity change can't be determined until new timetables are released. But learn more...
The new service is to commence on 16th November however only five of the 38 new buses have been delivered so far. Presumably a mixture of new and old buses will start the service to Mona Vale.