Residents, tourists and festival goers will continue to enjoy a free city bus service thanks to a new three year funding agreement between the State Government and the City of Adelaide.
The existing agreement for the popular City Connector service, which is jointly funded by State Government and the Adelaide City Council, was due to expire on 30 June 2021. The new joint agreement will run until 30 June 2024 with an option to extend for a further five years.
“This new joint funding agreement between the Marshall Liberal Government and the Adelaide City Council is great news for the many city commuters who use this popular service,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said.
“The City Connector has proved to be an important and highly popular transport option in the CBD, providing a link to city attractions, shopping and dining.
“An average of approximately 17,000 to 18,000 people use this service each week and this number can increase to approximately 20,000 people per week during the festival season.
“We are thrilled to finalise the new funding agreement for this service for the next three years and continue our commitment to providing a free and reliable city transport service that operates seven days a week.”
Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson said this outcome was fantastic news for residents.
“I recognise the city connector bus service is an important and much-loved service for residents, particularly in the city and North Adelaide, and that’s why I have been strongly advocating for this service to continue,” said Minister Sanderson.
Minister Sanderson said she surveyed hundreds of her constituents and organised multiple community meetings to gather their thoughts on the service and then represent their views.
“There is no doubt the continuation of this city service is fantastic news for residents, including students, the elderly and visitors to the city and it will be invaluable when we see the return of international students and tourists,” said Minister Sanderson.
“We listened to the community who love this bus service and I’m really pleased to be able to announce the city connector bus is continuing and is guaranteed until June 2024.”
Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said it was fantastic that Council and the State Government had signed an agreement to keep the bus service going.
“I’d like to acknowledge our ongoing partnership with State Government, supported by Minister Sanderson and Minister Wingard, to deliver the City Connector,” Ms Verschoor said.
“It plays an important role for many residents and visitors to the City and North Adelaide who rely on the free service to get around and connect with the broader community.
“North Adelaide residents in particular have been calling for this service to remain, we have listened to them and prioritised the City Connector.”
Recent community consultation undertaken by Adelaide City Council showed the popularity of the service, with 91 per cent of users indicating the City Connector is important to them, and a similar number saying they are satisfied with the service.
The City Connector runs on two loops – one operating every 30 minutes, seven days a week, between the CBD and North Adelaide, while the other links main city destinations every 30 minutes on weekdays.
The service runs from early morning until 7:15pm daily, with extra services running on Friday until 9:15pm.
For more information and timetables, visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au.