Via, a mobility services developer, recently released their data about the Cooee Busways transportation system. The system was started between transportation company Busways and the Transport for New South Wales.
Despite only starting operations on May 27, Via says “residents are already flocking to the new service by the thousands, with ridership exceeding targets, and vehicle utilization well ahead of the project’s goals”.
Called Cooee Busways, the new on-demand shared transit network provides first- and last-mile connections for residents in The Ponds, Schofields and Kellyville Ridge, linking more residents with the new Sydney Metro public transportation hubs.
Residents in the western Sydney suburbs have proved their eagerness to leave their private vehicles at home and take public transport, with more than 20,000 rides taken on the Cooee service in less than three months.
Ridership increased by more than 50 percent between June and July, with 55 percent of riders saying they previously used a private vehicle to make the journey.
So far, of the 55 percent riders that previously used their private vehicle, 50 percent stated it was primarily used for commuting.
From this, 4 percent stated they had sold their car since using Cooee Busways, with a further 43 percent considering selling their vehicle.
What’s more is that the Cooee service maintains a significant utilization rate, seeing a 75 percent increase in the first 11 weeks.
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