The South Australian Government has released an expression of interest (EOI) for the operation of Adelaide Metro train services.
The EOI process will close 26 November, after which a shortlist of applicants will be invited to bid for the tender, which will be released in the first quarter of 2020.
State Infrastructure Minister Stephan Knoll said the state government acknowledges that Adelaide Metro could be performing better, highlighting that many South Australian’s opt out of using public transport.
“Adelaide has one of the lowest public transport patronage levels in the country, the worst level of integration and almost half of public transport users don’t think they are getting good value for money,” Mr. Knoll said.
“That’s why we are building a better public transport network, to deliver better services so that more people use public transport.”
Mr. Knoll said the state government want to encourage more people to catch trains, trams and busses.
“We want to leverage the capability, innovation and expertise from private sector operators to improve the efficiency and quality of service,” Mr Knoll said.
“It makes sense to take advantage of the expertise and knowledge that these operators have obtained by doing this all over the world so that we can deliver better services for South Australians.”