An Act to amend the Passenger Transport Act 1990 to provide for the operation of public passenger services along transitway routes; and for other purposes.
1 Name of Act
This Act is the Passenger Transport Amendment (Transitways) Act 2001.
This Act commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.
Schedule 1 Amendments
 Section 3 Definitions
Insert “, or along the whole or part of a transitway route” after “area” in paragraph (a) of the definition of public passenger service.
 Section 3
Insert in alphabetical order:emergency route means a route determined under section 28H.transitway route means a route determined (and as varied from time to time) under Division 4 of Part 3, other than an emergency route.transitway service means a regular passenger service conducted by bus by means of a transitway route or emergency route, or one or more parts of any such route.
 Part 3, Division 1
Insert before section 16:Division 1 Services to be supplied under contract
 Section 16 Service contracts
Omit section 16 (3). Insert instead:(3) A person who:(a) carries on a regular passenger service (other than a transitway service) otherwise than under the authority of a service contract, oris guilty of an offence.(b) carries on a public passenger service along any part of a transitway route otherwise than under the authority of a service contract for a transitway service,Maximum penalty: 1,000 penalty units.
 Part 3, Division 2
Insert before section 17:Division 2 Services other than transitway services16A Application of Division(1) This Division applies to service contracts for regular passenger services other than transitway services.(2) Nothing in this Division applies to or in respect of a transitway service.
 Section 17 Nature of contracts
Omit “drawn up under this Part” from section 17 (4).
 Section 21 Exclusive rights
Insert “to which this Division applies” after “contract” in section 21 (4).
 Section 22 New services
Insert “(not being transitway services)” after “services” in section 22 (1) (a).
 Section 28 Provisions of this Division form part of contract
Omit “entered into for the purposes of this Part is to be taken to include all the provisions of this Part (section 16 excepted)” from section 28 (1).Insert instead “to which this Division applies is taken to include all the provisions of this Division”.
 Part 3, Divisions 3 and 4
Insert after section 28:Division 3 Transitway services28A Application of Division(1) This Division applies to service contracts for transitway services.(2) The State Transit Authority is authorised to bid for a service contract.28B Term of contractA service contract is to be for a term not exceeding 10 years.28C Performance standards(1) A service contract is to provide for performance standards to be observed by the operator of the service.(2) Performance standards are to be enforceable by civil penalty provision or in such other manner as the service contract may provide.(3) In subsection (2), civil penalty provision means a provision of a service contract that is expressed to be a civil penalty provision for the purposes of this section.(4) Despite anything to the contrary in any Act or law, a person who breaches a civil penalty provision is liable to pay, as a debt due to the State, an amount determined in accordance with the service contract as the penalty for breach of that provision.28D Renewal of contract(1) A service contract may be renewed from time to time in accordance with any provision in that behalf made by the contract.(2) Nothing in this section, or in any other provision of this Division, is to be construed as affording a right or expectation of renewal of a service contract.Division 4 Transitway descriptions and routes28E DefinitionsIn this Division:road means:(a) any thoroughfare (whether or not consisting, wholly or in part, of a road or road related area as defined in section 3) that, in the opinion of the Director-General, is capable of supporting vehicular traffic (including buses), or(b) the site of any such thoroughfare that is being, or is to be, constructed.road portion means one or more lanes of a road that is divided into lanes.transitway description means a description, for the time being listed in Schedule 4, of linked destinations by reference to which transitway routes may be determined under this Division.28F Variation of transitway descriptionsThe regulations may amend Schedule 4 so as to omit, add to or vary the transitway descriptions listed in it.28G Determination and variation of transitway routes(1) The Director-General may from time to time, by order published in the Gazette, determine, vary or abolish a transitway route, with effect from a date determined by the order.(2) The Director-General must not determine or vary a transitway route unless:(a) a study has been conducted to determine whether any parts of the transitway or proposed transitway that have not previously been used as a road would be suitable for use for the purpose of light rail, and(b) the study has found that those parts of the transitway or proposed transitway would be suitable for that purpose, and(c) the details of the study have been laid upon the table of each House.(3) A transitway route, as determined or varied under this section, must enable travel between the destinations mentioned in a transitway description (or between places that lie near, or between any two of, those destinations).(4) Transitway routes may intersect with one another and may have portions in common.(5) A transitway route may be determined or varied:(a) by naming, or illustrating by means of a map or plan, the roads or road portions along which the route proceeds or that are affected by the variation (as the case requires), or(b) in such other manner as may be sufficient to specify the route or variation.(6) A transitway route may be varied:(a) temporarily—that is, between dates specified in the order effecting the variation, or(b) until further order (if any).(7) Without affecting the generality of subsection (5), a transitway route may be varied temporarily to permit construction or maintenance of a road or road portion along which the route proceeds.28H Emergency routes(1) If, in the opinion of the Director-General, it is expedient in the circumstances of an emergency, or for the purpose of urgent maintenance of any road or road portion, or from other pressing necessity, to suspend the operation of transitway services along the whole or part of a transitway route, the Director-General may by order in writing:(a) prohibit, for a period of time (not exceeding 14 days) specified in the order, the operation of such services along so much of the route as may be described in the order, andand such an order has effect according to its terms.(b) authorise the operation, during the period so specified, of such services on an alternative route determined (in a manner referred to in section 28G (5)) by the order,(2) The period specified by the order may be a period commencing before execution of the order, but not commencing earlier than the beginning of the business day last preceding its execution.(3) As soon as practicable after its execution:(a) a copy of the order is to be served, personally or by post, on the holder of any service contract whose region or route of operation is affected by it, and(b) the terms of the order are to be published in one or more newspapers circulating in an area that includes the affected transitway route.28I Effect of creation of transitway routes or emergency routes(1) To the extent that a transitway route, or any part of a transitway route, resulting from a determination or variation under this Division lies within or on a region or route of operation specified in a service contract to which Division 2 applies:(a) the region or route so specified is by this section varied by excluding from it the transitway route or part, and(b) the right of the service operator under the contract to operate a public passenger service within that region or route is extinguished in respect of the excluded transitway route or part.(2) To the extent that an emergency route, or any part of an emergency route, resulting from a determination under this Division lies within or on a region or route of operation specified in a service contract to which Division 2 applies, the right of the service operator under the contract to operate a public passenger service within that region or route ceases to be an exclusive right in respect of the emergency route or part.(3) While rights under a service contract are affected by the operation of this section, the contract continues to have effect, with any necessary modifications, as if the rights concerned had been altered by consent of the parties to the contract.(4) The operation of subsection (1) in respect of a region or route ceases, and a right extinguished by that subsection is revived, on abolition or variation of the transitway route concerned.(5) Nothing in subsection (4) affects the operation of subsection (1) in relation to any transitway route resulting from a variation.(6) A right affected by subsection (2) is restored as an exclusive right on expiry of the order that determined the emergency route concerned.
 Section 63 Regulations
Insert after section 63 (2) (q):(q1) the issue of tickets or passes to passengers on regular passenger services, including:(i) tickets or passes allowing travel by services or routes of different kinds or descriptions, and(ii) tickets or passes allowing travel on a service provided by another service operator, and the apportionment of fares or other receipts derived from such travel, and
 Section 63 (6)
Insert after section 63 (5):(6) To the extent that this section enables provision to be made by regulation for or with respect to any matter in relation to a road or road related area, the regulations may also make provision for or with respect to that matter in relation to a transitway route that proceeds along thoroughfares that do not, or do not entirely, consist of roads or road related areas.
 Section 65
Insert after section 64:65 Prevention of proceedings concerning transitways(1) No compensation is payable to or by any person for loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from:(a) the entry of parties, under and in accordance with Part 3, into a service contract for a transitway service, or(b) the determination or variation, under and in accordance with Division 4 of Part 3, of a transitway route, or(c) the determination, under and in accordance with Division 4 of Part 3, of an emergency route, or(d) the use, by a person authorised under section 28H to do so, of an emergency route for the operation of a transitway service, or(e) the variation of a region or route, or the extinguishment or compromise of a right, by the operation of section 28I, orand no proceedings for damages or other relief, whether grounded on the provisions of any contract or otherwise arising at law or in equity, for the purpose of restraining any action referred to in paragraphs (a)–(d) or (f), or of obtaining compensation in respect of any such loss or damage, may be instituted or maintained.(f) the exercise, under and in accordance with this Act or the Transport Administration Act 1988, of any function of the Director-General concerning transitway routes, emergency routes or transitway services,(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), no compensation is payable by or on behalf of the Crown for the introduction of transitway services.(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), compensation for the introduction of transitway services includes:(a) compensation because of the enactment or operation of the amendments made to this Act by the Passenger Transport Amendment (Transitways) Act 2001, or for any consequence of that enactment or operation, and(b) compensation because of any statement or conduct relating to a matter referred to in paragraph (a) or to any aspect of transitway services.(4) This section applies to or in respect of any act, statement or conduct whether occurring before or after the commencement of this section.(5) In this section:compensation includes damages or any other form of monetary compensation.conduct includes a representation of any kind:(a) whether made verbally or in writing, and(b) whether negligent, false, misleading or otherwise.the Crown means the Crown within the meaning of the Crown Proceedings Act 1988, and includes the Director-General and any officer of the Department of Transport.(6) Nothing in this section affects a right conferred by a service contract for a transitway service.(7) This section has effect despite any provision of this or any other Act.
 Schedule 3 Savings and transitional provisions
Insert at the end of clause 2 (1):
 Schedule 3, Part
Insert in appropriate order and with appropriate Part and clause numbers:Part Provision consequent on enactment of Passenger Transport Amendment (Transitways) Act 2001Effect of transitway and emergency route on existing regions and routesSection 28I applies in respect of service contracts entered into before or after the commencement of that section.
 Schedule 4
Insert after Schedule 3:Schedule 4 Transitways(Sections 28E and 28F)Liverpool to Parramatta
Parramatta to Strathfield
St Marys to Penrith
Parramatta to Blacktown
Blacktown to Castle Hill
Blacktown to Wetherill Park
Parramatta to Mungerie Park