Community Access Bus FAQ

Community Access Bus

Have you seen this bus zipping around the Blue Mountains? Here are some FAQs about the buses.

Who owns the buses?
The Community Access Buses are owned by Blue Mountains City Council. The hire of these vehicles is managed through Smartlink Transport.

Who is eligible to use the buses?
Not for profit, community based groups are invited to make use of this fantastic resource. Some groups include garden clubs, youth groups, craft groups, sustainability groups etc. We welcome many and various interest groups.

Who can I talk to about the buses without making a booking or commitment to hire?
If you are curious about the buses or would like to know if your group is eligible to hire a bus, simply contact Smartlink Transport at smartlink@gct.org.au

Where can I take the buses?
Standard hire covers up to 250km per day of travel. The buses may be hired overnight and taken to most places. There are some roads and surfaces that are not accessible, due to its length.

Can anyone drive them?
You must have a minimum LR class licence and hold a BMCC Green Card to drive the Community Access Buses. Smartlink can give you all the details on how to get yourself set up as an accredited driver.

How many are there?
There are the two Community Access buses. One is garaged in Springwood and the other in Katoomba. This gives choice to groups depending on where they’re travelling to or where most of their passengers live.

Who is eligible to use the buses?
Not for profit, community based groups are invited to make use of this fantastic resource. Some groups include garden clubs, youth groups, craft groups, sustainability groups etc. We welcome many and various interest groups.

You’re organising a private function, such as a Hen’s night or 21st. Can you hire the bus?
No, unfortunately. The buses aren’t for one off private functions.

How long may I hire the bus for?
Two nights and three days in a row is the maximum allowable hire. Weekends and nights are available, also.

May I eat and drink on the buses?
No. It’s important to plan stops for eating and drinking as it is not allowed on the Community Access Bus.

The Community Access Buses are an amazing community resource, aimed at giving small groups and members of the Blue Mountains community a chance to get out and about and enjoy spending time with their respective groups.

Whether you’re a new group or have been established for decades, get in touch with Smartlink to talk about the possibilities this fantastic facility will give your group!

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