Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula Regional Public Transport Study

We undertook a public transport study across the Fleurieu and Adelaide Hills looking at future demands to develop ideas to improve public transport.


Project snapshot


All of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

Project contact

Stephen Shotton
Regional Development Manager

Alignment with RDA strategy

  • Population growth
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Access
  • Regional Jobs
  • Economic development

Project summary

The two key components of the project were:

  1. Determining future demand and needs for public transport in the region
  2. Developing ideas for public transport solutions to address the future public transport needs in the region

Stakeholder feedback across two workshops and a public survey (over 1,300 responses) demonstrated the region has an inadequate public transport service based on the following common themes:

  • Inadequate frequency of service
  • Poor network coverage
  • Oversubscribed Park n Ride facilities
  • Fare inequities between metro and regional fares
  • Poor integration between service providers
  • Poor public transport information
  • Poor bus stop amenity and access

The public survey elicited comments such as:

“More feeder services using smaller buses to run more frequently between towns and on weekends”

“More bus stops closer to residents, particularly where new estates are being developed”

“Cheaper fare and being able to use my MetroCard”

“Train service to Mt Barker”

The final project report has been released (see link below) providing recommendations for the region as a whole, for the hills and for the Fleurieu across short, medium and long-term timeframes. These recommendations will inform RDA and other stakeholders advocacy work moving forward.

Adelaide Hills community bus

Media Coverage

“More frequent, comfortable and convenient bus services are on the way for Adelaide Hills residents, with a $19 million commitment set to deliver 15 brand new buses and 590 more services each week.”

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Adelaide Now

15 July 2022

“Since its launch in January 2020, Keoride On Demand has transported more than 220,000 passengers and taken more cars off the road. It’s resulted in changed travel behaviours, with 52 per cent of our customers no longer using their cars to make trips within the local service area.”

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9 June 2021

“The RAA is calling on the State Government to introduce a new tap-and-pay system on buses and trains and to fund councils to install more bus shelters, after public transport patronage plummeted over the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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The Advertiser

15 December 2019

“Need to catch a bus? You’ll be able to hail one using your phone as part of a new on-demand trial which begins in the Barossa Valley and Mount Barker early next year.”

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Adelaide Now

5 February 2019

“Public transport reliability may be a growing headache in the city but in the bush it can be the difference between life and death, or a vital link to work and education. And regional communities agree it has a long way to go…”

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Victor Harbor Times

30 October 2018

“Regional Development Australia (RDA) has kicked off a public transport study across the Fleurieu and Adelaide Hills looking at future demands and also options to improve public transport. It is supported by all councils in the study region…”

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Key Documents

Related information

Project partners