Transport for New South Wales professes that buses should have priority so that people will want to ride in public transport. It decided in perhaps 2015 to review Sydney bus services with a view to making things faster, which would benefit both the passengers and general traffic. Unfortunately the job was given to NSW Roads & Maritime Services (the old RTA) instead of to a pro-bus agency. RMS has a peculiar viewpoint on buses - they block general traffic. And RMS sees bus stops as potential car parking spaces which could reduce the need for motorists to drive around searching for somewhere to stop.
In the RMS' hands, bus priority became synonymous with tidying-up bus stops, often by removing them. Little thought was given to passenger safety and even less to passenger convenience. It is ironic that rarely-used bus stops don't delay buses much (because so few buses stop there!) yet attracted the most RMS attention.
The routes considered so far are:
|440 et al||Rozelle - Leichhardt - Camperdown|
|380, 389||Darlinghurst - Bondi - Vaucluse|
|412, 422, 423, 426, 428||Kingsgrove depot|
|M41||Macquarie Park - Hurstville|
|Mainly temporary services||Macquarie Park area|
|M61||CBD - M2 - Castle Hill|
|Showground Road and|
|west Castle Hill|
|M60, T70, T71||Hornsby - Castle Hill - Blacktown|
|M91||Hurstville - Padstow - Bankstown - Parramatta|
Buses would run so much better if it wasn't for all those pesky passengers!