Transport for New South Wales

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Transport for New South Wales
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1 November 2011
Preceding agencies
Type Statutory authority
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Ministers responsible
Statutory authority executive
  • Tim Reardon,
Parent Statutory authority Government of New South Wales
Key document
  • Transport Administration Act 1988

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) is a statutory authority of the New South Wales Government that was created on 1 November 2011 to manage the transport services in the state of New South Wales in Australia. The authority is a separate entity from the New South Wales Department of Transport.[1]

The authority subsumed the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority, and plans and coordinates the functions of RailCorp, the State Transit Authority and Roads & Maritime Services.[2] It also owned Metro Transport Sydney until the shut down of the company in July 2013, after the decommissioning of the Sydney Monorail and the Sydney light rail becoming under direct ownership of Transport for NSW.[3][4][5]

The authority is Secretary Tim Reardon.[6] The authority reports to the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, presently Andrew Constance and the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, presently Duncan Gay.[7] Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.


The authority develops regulations, policies and legislation to ensure that transport is delivered to a high standard, meets community needs, protects assets and public money, minimises environmental impact, and ensures the community is safe. The authority manages an annual multibillion-dollar transport budget and in partnership with the transport operating agencies manages more than A$106 billion in property, plant and equipment assets. Funding is provided for bus, rail, light rail, roads, ferry and community transport services and related infrastructure. The authority also funds concession schemes such as the School Student Transport Scheme, the Private Vehicle Conveyance Scheme and the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme.[1]

Organisational structure

The authority was created as an integrated transport authority with six divisions, each headed by a deputy director general:[8]

  • Customer experience – to ensure journeys are as simple and seamless as possible;
  • Planning and programs – to consolidate planning for all modes and develop a comprehensive transport masterplan;
  • Transport services – to ensure transport services cost-effectively meet the current and future needs of customers;
  • Transport projects – to manage major projects;
  • Freight and regional development – to coordinate freight services and facilities, with particular focus on regional NSW; and
  • Policy and regulation – to develop and oversight polices and laws pertaining to transport across the state

Public transport services

File:The Hop Transport logo.svg
The logo for public transport in NSW, dubbed 'The Hop'.
File:Transport for NSW Wayfinding 2015 Railway Square.jpg
Transport for NSW is introducing unified signage and wayfinding across its network. These T (train) and L (light rail) signs identify the transport modes available from Central station.

Transport for NSW directly manages most train, bus, ferry and light rail services in New South Wales. The authority manages the route design, timetabling and branding of these services and also provides passenger information via printed material, a telephone service and a website.[9] Operation of the services is contracted out to a mixture of other government-owned organisations and private enterprise.[10]

Transport for NSW public transport services are simply branded Transport. The following sub-brands are used depending on the type of service:

Transport Info

Transport for NSW provides a trip planner and transport service information on its customer service website,, and via its 24-hour information line, 131500.[9] These services, outsourced to Serco since July 2010, were previously known as the Transport InfoLine or simply 131500.[11] A parallel Teletype service for hearing and speech impaired passengers is available on 1800 637 500.


Current projects

Project Mode Completion Date
Epping to Thornleigh triplication (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program) Freight rail 2016
Wynyard Walk Pedestrian 2016
Sydney Metro Northwest Rapid transit 2019
CBD and South East Light Rail Light rail 2019
Newcastle Light Rail Light rail
Parramatta Light Rail Light rail
Sydney Metro City & Southwest Rapid transit 2024
Automatic Train Protection Systems / Digital Train Radio Systems Commuter rail (ongoing)
Transport Access Program Public transport interchange (ongoing)

Completed projects

Project Mode Completed
Kingsgrove to Revesby quadruplication (Rail Clearways Program) Suburban rail April 2013
Liverpool Turnback (Rail Clearways Program) Suburban rail January 2014
Lilyfield - Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension Light Rail March 2014
Monorail Removal Project Monorail April 2014
Auburn stabling sidings Suburban rail September 2014
Opal Card rollout Electronic Ticketing December 2014
South West Rail Link Suburban rail February 2015
Gosford passing loops (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program) Freight rail February 2015
North Strathfield underpass (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program) Freight rail June 2015


There have been three secretaries (previously styled directors-general) of the Department of Transport since 2011:

  • Les Wielinga (2011–13)
  • Dave Stewart (2013–15)
  • Tim Reardon (2015–present)[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Annual Report for the Department of Transport" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Saulwick, J. (16 July 2011). "Synchronised timetables for travellers-but not yet". The Sydney Morning Herald. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Cosgriff, Stuart; Griffiths, Emily (5 July 2012). "Light rail strategy for Sydney". Clayton Utz Insights. Clayton Utz. Retrieved 6 July 2012. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 Parliament of New South Wales 13 September 2011
  5. "Notice of Proposed Deregistration - Voluntary". ASIC. Retrieved 17 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "The Cabinet". Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Berejiklian, Gladys; Gay, Duncan (15 July 2011). "RTA abolished as Transport for NSW takes shape" (PDF) (Press release). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 "About". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 12 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "The Transport Cluster". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 19 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Integrated Transport and Information Services Serco Asia Pacific

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