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Many of those routes considerably stretch the definition of "frequent" to include 30 minute frequency e.g. 391/2/5/6 376/7.


It's not just for people who are "inclined not to drive". I normally feel that when I travel by public transit I am free, but when I travel by car or bike I am tied down. At each stop on the journey, I have an anchor where I am parked, and I need to find such an anchor at the next stop. I can't go somewhere, eat lunch, walk a few blocks to go to a museum, walk a few more blocks to go shopping, and then leave from there - I have to come back to where I started, or else move the vehicle at each step of the way. There's some lack of freedom with transit too, in that I have to get to a stop, but in many cases, the stop for the next transit vehicle (or the station for the bike share) is closer than where I would have parked.

Simon Russell

Has it been taken down? Getting a 404 at the link.


Oh... wow, that Sydney bus map is terrible. Not in the least because it's not a bus map, it's four separate bus maps. And I guess that makes sense with a network as vast and disjointed as Sydney's, but they could still do so much better. While each region maps at least shows buses from other regions, and there's some kind of vaguely logical coloring scheme in each region, they're not the same between regions! So a bus route that's brown in one region is green in another, which just makes it that much harder to follow routes across region boundaries. And in my experience, that's one of the places where buses have a lot of potential, because if I wanted to get to the CBD, I could just take a train, but there are not that many circumferential train lines.


A very good effort. Kudos to Kevin McClain for his work. It's not perfect, and there's always room for improvement -- but is there such a thing as "the perfect map"? You may as well talk about "the perfect flower" or "the perfect symphony". The fact is, he's done a better job than anyone else has of trying to map Sydney's frequent network -- a job made more difficult because routes in Sydney which operate frequently through the work week can often be dead as a doornail on weekends and at night time, which the table off to the right helpfully tries to explain.

The errors I've spotted are sins of omission, not commission: The 888 from Campbelltown to Rosemeadow isn't shown though it operates at a 15-minute frequency throughout the day on weekdays. The 870/871/872 south of Liverpool station, north of Campbelltown station, and common segments in between where they don't diverge (e.g., Ingleburn station to Westmoreland Road Leumeah) aren't shown either. Also the 380 isn't shown (the all-stops version of the limited-stops 333 to Bondi Beach which, like the 333, runs every 10 mins).

I look forward to seeing future versions. Especially a to-scale version :)

Mike Williams

You have to separate out "frequent" and "reliably frequent". So I can see some services that are timetabled at a certain frequency but which do not operate as such.

Then you have the services which stop in the early evening, so if you were travelling after 6/7pm then you'd be mislead into thinking there was a frequent service, but there may not be any service.

Craig Simpson

the 870,871,872 is a bus service that essentially duplicates the rail line, but takes 90 minutes to do so. The train takes 22 minutes so why does this bus service even exist I ask. close to nearly all the areas serviced by this route except maybe the casula area are within 5 minutes of the train station. these services would be better looping back from glenfield instead.


separate maps for separate operations might be the way to go, but that would be quite a project. You could do a couple just for this blog though, using this network diagram tool.

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