Sydney driverless trains
Sydney driverless trains

The figures show an average of more than 66,000 passengers flowing into Sydney's new driverless metro trains every weekday in the first two months of operation despite the wave of unrest.

The Sydney Northwest Railroad, which is 36 kilometers long from Chatswood to Ross Hill in northwestern Sydney, is also used as the East Suburbs Line, Sydney's busiest fourth train line in the past June and July.

Statistics showed that the number of passengers in Chattswood and Epping stations, which operate as passenger terminals, increased by 18 percent in July, compared to the same month in the previous year.

Stations between the two interchanges, such as Macquarie Park and North Ryde, also saw an increase of 17 to 19 percent in the number of passengers who used it during July, compared to the same month in the previous year when double-decker trains were operating.

A 13-kilometer stretch from Epping to Chatswood was incorporated into the Northwest metro line for nine months before the latter opened for travelers on May 26.

Matthew Hounsell, transportation data analyst at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, said that the new line's movement showed that people responded well to comprehensive iterative services.

And he continued, “The growth of almost 20% on a yearly basis is really good. We are seeing changes in behavior patterns but they haven't subsided yet .. It usually takes 9 to 12 months for people to really get used to the new transfer option because people don't immediately change their habits. ”

Mr. Hunsell said the movement on the single-deck metro trains was strong on Sunday, averaging about 60 percent of the week. By comparison, Sydney trains average an average of 42 percent on weekdays, on Sundays.

However, the process tarnished a series of service turmoil in the first months.

The Minister of Transport, Andrew Constance, stressed that the causes of the disturbances, such as a technician breaking the glass on the fire suppression system, have nothing to do with it.

He said last week: "There is no systemic problem emerging here."

But he added that he wanted improvements in the speed of incident response, including the time it takes for replacement buses to replace trains when the line is temporarily closed.

Elie Riri, Macquarie University student from Cremorne, loves new trains but said there were a number of teething problems. She said that the doors of the train sometimes closed very quickly, barely allowing passengers in and out.

Her fellow university student, Rachel Dobby, from Central Coast, said the increased train traffic meant she would leave Macquarie University station more quickly to home.

Tom Schien, a linguist at Macquarie University, also loves the new line, although it still takes about 40 minutes to travel from his place near the central train station in Sydney Mall to the university.

He said, "It is the same thing at the moment because I have to leave [Sydney Rail Services to take the metro trains] in Chatswood or Epping ... and as soon as it opens from the central it will be good."

The second phase of the metro line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbor to the city center, and to Sydenham and Bankstown, is scheduled to open in 2024 at a cost of about $ 12 billion.

Highway operator Toll said recently that the opening of the new line has resulted in a 2 percent drop in traffic on the M2 motorway and Lane Cove tunnel as some passengers choose trains.