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'On Demand' Bus Service for Mt Barker & Barossa in 2020

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There will be more transport options in Mount Barker and the Barossa soon with an UBER-style bus trial on the way.

The Transport Minister has announced that for six months from early next year, the two regions will be able to book 12-seater Mercedes Sprinter buses 'on demand' using an app.

Minister for Transport Stephan Knoll said that similar to ride sharing passenger services, commuters will be able to download an app and request a vehicle ‘on-demand’ which will pick them up from their home or within a proposed distance of 60 -130 metres from their current location.

“We consistently receive feedback that South Australians want more frequent services which unfortunately cannot always be delivered due to limited resources," said Minister Knoll.

“That’s why we are exploring ‘on-demand’ bus services, so passengers don’t have to wait for a bus service in these areas, they can call one when they need it.

“Passengers will be able to track where their bus is and order it to their location to save them waiting in the rain or heat."

Following a select market approach, eight applications were received and evaluated. Keolis Downer had the most comprehensive proposal, according to the State Government and were awarded the grant to run two trials.

To support these trials, $1.7 million has been contributed from the South Australian Government’s Future Mobility Lab (FML) Fund.

Member for Kavel Dan Cregan MP welcomed the trial in the Hills.

“I am very pleased that my community will be one of the first to benefit from this important trial,” said Mr Cregan.

“The former state government rezoned farm land around Mount Barker for massive housing growth and didn’t put in the services and infrastructure we need.”

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