Katrina welcomes extension of transport trial to Wagga
Member for Cootamundra and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson has announced the NSW Government will provide $20,000 to extend the trial of a bus service linking Young to Wagga Wagga.
The Young to Wagga Wagga Transport Corridor Trial provides a twice a week, same day, return bus service to help residents in the Murray and Murrumbidgee area access a flexible, timetabled and demand responsive bus service.
The initial trial of this affordable service for disadvantaged and isolated residents from the Young, Cootamundra and Junee local government areas, commenced in August 2014.
“The service is growing and proving to be very successful and now it’s been agreed to extend the trial for another 12 months,” said Katrina.
“The service recently achieved its first run at full capacity and the 12 month extension of this trial will enable a more accurate assessment of the model for this service.”
Young Community Transport will run the bus service which is flexible enough to offer door-to-door service for residents in Young, Wombat, Wallendbeen, Cootamundra and Illabo.
Currently no other conventional public transport service exists for same day return trips to Wagga Wagga.
“There is a range of reasons that people need to travel to a major regional centre, for health appointments, education and training courses and for social reasons, and this service helps them travel at an affordable cost,” said Katrina.
“A small bus will be used to provide a similar service to the one that currently travels to Canberra three days a week, and this project will provide a service for more than 200 people each year.
To use the service, passengers must be registered with Community Transport.
The funding is part of the Government’s Regional Transport Coordination Program, which provides almost $900,000 every year to community groups for projects that improve transport results for residents living in some of the state’s most isolated areas.
The extension project will run for 12 months and commence in August 2015.