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Minister Saffioti has released a press statement regarding the contract changes

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/P ... ivers.aspx

New bus contracts to provide better job security for drivers

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Contracts to operate Claremont, Marmion and Joondalup Transperth bus services awarded to Transit Systems Pty Ltd
$1.4 billion contracts will operate for 10 years
New contracts mandate higher percentage of full-time drivers
Also seeks proposals for demand-responsive bus services for Government to consider
Bus contracts valued at $1.4 billion have been awarded to Transit Systems Pty Ltd to operate Transperth services in the Claremont, Marmion and Joondalup contract areas.

Transit Systems, which operate as Swan Transit in Perth, won all three contracts with their competitive tender submission. From January 19, 2020 it will run services in these areas for the next decade.

Tenderers were required to provide their best price for service provision, and were asked to achieve a minimum full-time driver quota.

The Transit Systems bid delivers the highest quota (80 per cent), meaning drivers will have increased earning potential and job security.

Tenderers were also asked to provide demand-responsive bus service proposals for government to consider in the future. Investigations as to whether on-demand bus services are viable in Perth are continuing.

Transit Systems (Swan Transit) started locally in 1996 as a 40-bus operation in Midland, and has expanded to a global enterprise which operates more than 3000 buses and employs more than 6700 people.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"This contract marks the beginning of a new era of job security and stability for Transperth bus drivers in the Claremont, Marmion and Joondalup areas.

"Following industry and union consultation, a new minimum full-time driver quota arrangement was developed for this tender round.

"This was an innovative way to address the concerns of drivers who felt they were locked in to working casual or part-time hours without the potential for full-time work and benefits.

"It's great news that a company that started in Midland is leading the way in providing excellent services here and abroad, while delivering greater protections for local bus drivers

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Also see the Transit Systems website https://www.transitsystems.com.au/news/ ... s-in-perth
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Imagine that previously 40-vehicle operation in Midland being managed alongside that of Morley by the latter's current operators 5 years from now. I actually see it happening, with the three eastern bus packages (Morley, Midland, Kalamunda) practising a form of global running. We might even have Midvale taking back some runs of the 36 like it used to do, as well as interlining between 60 and 955.

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As always, time will tell. Swan are presently in a position where they control approximately half the Transperth network now, the maximum permissible per my understanding.

While I don't think they'd loose Midvale, Canning or Southern River (pretty sure SR is its own contract), you never know. What I don't know is how much room there is for innovation and improvement in each area that a different contractor might seize upon.

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Southern River is its own contract. A PDF I saved from the Department of Premier and Cabinet back in 2014/15 shows the contract areas and depots as they were then: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m7NbNVroNbzoLxOoPYFH-C89smzME4uA/view?usp=sharing
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Merc1107 wrote:As always, time will tell. Swan are presently in a position where they control approximately half the Transperth network now, the maximum permissible per my understanding.
Pretty sure their successful bid for Marmion resulted in them getting frozen out of Kalamunda the following year.

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