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Logo of the STA
|Statutory Authority overview|
|Formed||16 January 1989|
|Preceding Statutory Authority|
|Statutory Authority executive||
|Parent Statutory Authority||Transport for New South Wales|
The State Transit Authority, also referred to as State Transit or STA, is an agency of the Government of New South Wales operating bus services in Sydney. The STA reports to the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance. The current chief executive is Steffen Faurby.
In view of its political sensitivity, the agencies responsible for public transport in New South Wales are frequently restructured. Buses and ferries were the responsibility of the Department of Government Transport until 1972, when it was merged with the New South Wales Government Railways to form the Public Transport Commission.
In July 1980 the Transport Authorities Act 1980 (NSW) separated the functions of the Public Transport Commission with the State Rail Authority taking responsibility for trains, and the Urban Transit Authority responsibility for buses and ferries.
In January 1989 the Urban Transit Authority was restructured as the State Transit Authority taking over the private bus service functions of the Department of Motor Transport. In October 1989, the Chullora Bus Workshops closed with a smaller facility established at Randwick for mechanical repairs with body repairs contracted to the private sector. The remaining four hydrofoils were replaced by three JetCats and the MetroTen ticketing system introduced a few years before was replaced with the Automated Fare Collection System in use today.
In 2004 the STA's Sydney Ferries business was separated into a separate agency, Sydney Ferries Corporation. In January 2005 most of former Harris Park Transport routes were taken over from Hillsbus, which were then given back to Hillsbus in September 2005 with the exception of routes 623, 624, 628 and 629. On 13 October 2013, the Western Sydney Buses was transferred to Transit Systems Sydney.
The State Transit Authority also comprised three former business units.
Sydney Ferries is the public transport authority for ferry services on Port Jackson in Sydney. It was established in 2004 as a government agency, separate of the State Transit Authority. Since July 2012 the provision of services has been contracted out to Harbour City Ferries.
Formed in 2003, Western Sydney Buses operated route T80, a bus rapid transit service in Western Sydney on the Liverpool-Parramatta T-way. Passengers made 2.77 million journeys with Western Sydney Buses in the 2011/12 financial year. Western Sydney Buses operated out of a corner of Westbus' Bonnyrigg depot.
Newcastle Buses & Ferries was a bus and ferry service operator in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It operated 28 bus routes plus a ferry service across the Hunter River between Newcastle and Stockton. The network radiateed from a bus terminal near Newcastle station. Major interchanges were located at the University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Glendale, Warners Bay, Belmont, Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara.
State Transit operates a number of high-profile services.
As of 2014/15, State Transit has not met its on-time running target in any of its four metropolitan contract regions for the last three years, although its performance has improved in three of the regions.
State Transit operates services in the following areas:
All State Transit vehicles are now fitted with CCTV cameras. The STA continues to improve its environmental impact with a large percentage of the fleet being powered by compressed natural gas as well as meeting strict emissions regulations with 270 Euro 5 compliant vehicles entering service from 2007.
|Scania L113TRB 14.5-metre||Ansair Orana||1993/94||47||3447 scrapped – chassis damage and 3422 – fire damage|
|Scania L113CRB||Ansair Orana||1994/95||76||Compressed Natural Gas|
|Scania L113CRL||Ansair Orana||1996–1998||✓||149|
|MAN 11.220||Ansair Orana||1996||✓||16||Original order of 30|
|Volvo B10B||Custom Coaches 238||1996||4||ex North & Western Bus Lines, all at Newcastle depot|
|Mercedes-Benz O405N||Ansair Orana||1996/97||✓||2||All at Newcastle depot|
|Volvo B10BLE||Ansair Orana||1997/98||✓||64||3888 scrapped (Spit Hill accident)|
|Volvo B10BLE||Phoenix Bus Orana||1997/98||✓||59||3936 scrapped (fire damage)|
|Mercedes-Benz O405||Custom Coaches 516||1998||4||ex North & Western Bus Lines|
|Mercedes-Benz O405NH||Custom Coaches Citaro||1999–2002||✓||284||Compressed Natural Gas, model discontinued after this order, 1271 scrapped after fatal car accident|
|Volvo B12BLE||Custom Coaches CB60||2003–2007||✓||150|
|Volvo B12BLE||Volgren CR228L||2004/05||✓||48|
|Volvo B12BLEA Euro 3||Custom Coaches CB60||2005/06||✓||79||1695 written-off (fire damage)|
|Volvo B12BLEA Euro 5||Custom Coaches CB60 Evo II||2008||✓||2|
|Volvo B12BLE||Custom Coaches CB60 Evo II||2007–2011||✓||270|
|Mercedes-Benz OC500LE||Custom Coaches CB60 Evo II||2008–2011||✓||253||Compressed Natural Gas, 4878 scrapped (fire damage)|
|Scania N310UA||Volgren CR228L||2008||✓||1|
|Scania K310UA||Custom Coaches CB60 Evo II||2008||✓||1|
|Scania K310UB 14.5-metre||Volgren CR228L||2009||✓||1|
|Mercedes-Benz OC500LE||Custom Coaches CB60 Evo II||2009/10||✓||20|
|Volvo B12BLEA||Volgren CR228L||2009–2011||✓||150|
|Volvo B7RLE||Custom Coaches CB80||2011–2013||✓||120|
|Scania K280UB||Custom Coaches CB80||2011–2013||✓||100|
|Volvo B7RLE||Volgren CR228L||2011/12||✓||33|
|Mercedes-Benz OC500LE||Custom Coaches CB80||2009||✓||1||ex demonstrator, replacement for 4878|
|Scania K280UB||Bustech VST||2013–2016||✓||127|
|Scania K280UB||Bustech VSTM||2014/15||✓||27||All at Waverley depot|
|Iveco Metro||Volgren Optimus||2014/15||✓||7||All at Randwick depot|
|Volvo B7RLE||Bustech VST||2015-2016||✓||45|
|Scania K310UB||Bustech VST||2016||✓||40|
In the early 1990s, State Transit adopted a white and blue livery with a red stripe. This livery with minor variations was retained until 2010, when the Transport for New South Wales white and blue livery was adopted. Buses dedicated to Metrobus services are painted in a red livery.
State Transit operate 12 depots. The depots (depot code indicated) are located at: