The State Government this week announced that Mount Barker and the Barossa will be the first in South Australia to trial an on-demand bus service after awarding a $1.7 million deal to public transport provider Keolis Downer. On behalf of the regions councils, RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island managed a review of public transport in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu earlier this year and one of the key recommendations was to trial on-demand bus services in the region.

RDA is thrilled Mount Barker has been chosen for the first trial and believes it will help shape other public transport improvements recommended by the study.

The Mount Barker trial will run for 6 months starting early next year and will enable customers to book, track and pay for a bus using a phone app similar to ride-sharing services. The convenience of an on-demand service provides additional transport options for residents and visitors to Mount Barker to travel between home, shops, services, parks or the towns Park and Rides where connections to the city are available.