The COVID-safe green dot system introduced to impose spacing between commuters on NSW public transport is being dispensed with as passengers return to sitting side-by-side.
Acting Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole says from Monday capacity will increase to about 75 per cent on city public transport services and 100 per cent capacity on regional services.
“Health advice now allows public transport services to increase capacity, which means people can now sit next to each other on their trip,” Mr Toole said on Thursday.
“We know the fight against COVID isn’t over, so we’ll keep green dots on services in case we need them again down the track,” he said.
Mask wearing was still strongly recommended on public transport.
* A Waratah train will be able to carry 122 customers per carriage, up from 86.
* A two-door bus will be able to carry 66 customers, up from 42.
* An L1 light rail will be able to carry 156 customers per carriage, up from 54.
* A Freshwater ferry will be able to carry 800 customers, up from 543.
TrainLink regional rail and coach services can be booked at 100 per cent capacity from Monday.
Transport for NSW Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins said the enhanced cleaning regime would continue across all services.
“We are still asking customers to plan ahead before they leave home, register their Opal card for contact tracing when needed and follow good hygiene practices, including staying home if unwell,” Mr Collins said.