Western Sydney commuters may be seeing double following the launch last week of two brand new double deck buses by Transit Systems meeting growth in passenger numbers in the Transport for NSW Contract 3 region.

The two new buses are the first of six new double deckers, funded by the NSW Government, with the remainder of the new fleet to be delivered progressively over the next few months.

Set to increase patronage capacity on the T80, Transit Systems CEO Clint Feuerherdt said the double deck vehicles are licenced to seat 97 passengers.

“Since 2013 Transit Systems has experienced a 12 per cent increase in overall customer satisfaction (between 2012 and 2016), with patronage on the T80 also increasing by 29 per cent to date,” he said.

Under the management of Transit Systems, the T80 service between Parramatta and Liverpool has become Sydney’s first bus rapid transport route, operating a five-minute frequency service during peak periods.

Service improvements delivered by Transit Systems include key changes such as simplifying timetables, delivering consistent frequency and adding brand new buses – making it easier for commuters to use according to Feuerherdt.

“We are committed to ensuring safe and convenient trips, and continually work to improve connections, timetabling and reliability.

“We’ve already achieved double digit patronage growth and Transit Systems is excited to get these brand-new vehicles into operation to continue improving services for the community,” he said.