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                            Public Transportation

State Transit operates the city's buses and the ferry network, CityRail runs the urban and suburban trains, and Sydney Ferries runs the public passenger ferries. Some private bus lines operate buses in the outer suburbs. In addition, a monorail connects the city center to Darling Harbour and a light rail line (tram) runs between Central Station and Wentworth Park in Pyrmont.

MONEY-SAVING TRANSIT PASSES
Several passes are available for visitors who will be using public transportation frequently-all work out to be much cheaper than buying individual tickets. The SydneyPass is a good buy if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, but in my opinion you're better off with the flexibility offered by some of the other passes listed below.

The SydneyPass allows 3, 5, or 7 days of unlimited travel on buses and ferries, including the high-speed JetCat to Manly, the Red Sydney Explorer Bus (see below), the Blue Bondi and Bay Explorer Bus, the Airport Express Bus, and all harbor cruises operated by State Transit. A three-day pass costs A$70 (U.S.$49) for adults, A$60 (U.S.$42) for children under 16, and A$200 (U.S.$140) for families; a five-day pass is A$95 (U.S.$66.50) for adults, A$80 (U.S.$56) for children, and A$270 (U.S.$189) for families; a seven-day pass is A$110 (U.S.$77) for adults, A$95 (U.S.$66.50) for children, and A$315 (U.S.$220.50) for families. (State Transit defines a "family" as two adults and any number of children from the same family.) Buy the SydneyPass at the airport, Countrylink offices, Public Transport ticket offices, Circular Quay ferry ticket offices, and anywhere else the SydneyPass logo is displayed; proof of overseas residence is required.

A Weekly Travel Pass allows unlimited travel on buses, trains, and ferries. There are six different passes (denoted by color) on the distance you need to travel. The passes most commonly used by visitors are the Red Pass and the Green Pass. The Red Pass costs A$26 (U.S.$18.20) and covers all transportation within the city center and near surrounds. This pass will get you aboard inner harbor ferries, for example, but not the ferry to Manly. The Green Pass, which costs A$33 (U.S.$23.10), will take you to more far-flung destinations, including Manly (aboard the ferry but not the JetCat). You can buy either pass at newsagents or bus, train, and ferry ticket outlets.

The Day Rover gives you unlimited bus, train, and ferry travel for one day. Tickets cost A$20 (U.S.$14) for adults and A$10 (U.S.$7) for children for travel in peak hours (before 9am), and A$16 (U.S.$11.20) for adults and A$8 (U.S.$5.60) for children for travel in off-peak hours (after 9am). The pass is available at all bus, train, and ferry ticket outlets.

A Travelten ticket offers 10 bus or ferry rides for a discounted price. A blue Travelten covers two sections on the bus route and costs A$9.50 (U.S.$6.65) for adults and A$4.40 (U.S.$3.10) for children; a red Travelten covers up to nine sections and costs A$17.60 (U.S.$12.30) for adults and A$8.80 (U.S.$6.15) for children. The Travelten ferry ticket costs A$17 (U.S.$11.90) for ten trips within the inner harbor (this excludes Manly). Buy Travelten tickets at newsagents, bus depots, or at the Circular Quay ferry terminal. If you will be traveling short distances by bus mostly purchase a blue Travelten. These tickets are transferable, so if two or more people are traveling together, you can all use the same ticket.

For a full day's unlimited travel by bus, you can't go wrong with the Bus Tripper. It costs A$8.30 (U.S.$5.80) for adults and A$3.90 (U.S.$2.75) for children 4 to 15, and can be bought from newsagents and at bus depots. An unlimited one-day bus/ferry tripper costs A$12 (U.S. $8.40) for adults and A$6 (U.S. $4.20) for children.

                       Accessible Public Transport

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CityRail is currently developing a  network of Easy Access stations featuring lifts or ramps, hearing loops at booking offices to make communication easier, continuous handrails, additional lighting and special signage.

The stations have been chosen according to their patronage levels, closeness to key community facilities and tourist destinations and their importance as an interchange with   other transport modes.

33 stations have been selected to be Easy Access stations and 15 are complete including:

>   Blacktown                                 
>   Campbelltown
>   Circular Quay
>   Cronulla
>   Epping
>   Gosford
>   Hornsby
>   Hurstville
>   Kogarah
>   Parramatta
>   Pennant Hills
>   St Marys
>   Strathfield
>   Sutherland
>   Westmead

About 90 of CityRail's 301 stations have platforms which are accessible from ground level. Other stations outside the Easy Access program also have lifts or ramps.

The brochure "Welcome to CityRail" lists the facilities for passengers with disabilities at all CityRail stations. The brochure is available from CityRail booking offices, or call the Infoline on 131 500.

Sydney Buses fully accessible buses provide safer boarding for everyone.

    Sydney Buses services

Timetabled wheelchair accessible services are currently operating on:

>   Route 100, Dee Why to Airport via        North  Sydney and Phillip and Elizabeth Sts, City
>  
Route 136, Manly to Chatswood via       Dee Why and French's Forest
>  
Route 143, 144, Manly to                   Chatswood via  Crows Nest  and Royal North Shore Hospital
>  
Routes 155, 156, Manly to McCarr's       Creek  and Bayview Garden Village via Mona Vale
>  
Routes 169, E73, E72, Wynyard to
     Narraweena and Manly Wharf via        Beacon Hill and Warringah Mall
>  
Routes 175, 178, 180, E83,L83,         L85,Wynyard to Dee Why district  via Military Road
>  
Routes 390, 392, 393, 399, Circular        Quay to Kingsford and Prince Henry        Hospital via  Anzac Parade
>  
Route 400, Bondi Junction to            Burwood via Airport
>  
Routes 401, 402, 403, Strathfield,
     Homebush Bay, Lidcombe
>  
Route 441, Birchgrove to Art Gallery        via Town Hall
>  
Routes 476, 477, 478, between          Rockdale, Sans Souci and Miranda
>  
Route 888, City Shuttle services         between  Circular Quay and  Pyrmont
>   Homebush Bay Explorer tourist            services

>   Palm Beach to Central Station
>   Ryde or North Ryde to city via Victoria Road
>   Epping Road corridor
>   Parramatta Road corridor


 


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