I am a writer living in Adelaide. I love food and travel.
Published May 14th 2017
What England, Germany, Japan & Adelaide Have In Common
Adelaide has one of the unique public transport systems in the world, however I think we take it for granted some times. This 'guided bus' system can only be found in England, Germany, Japan and our little town of Adelaide. In Adelaide, it is called the O-Bahn busway. These buses have small guide wheels attached to their sides and are steered on a dedicated above-ground concrete track with physical guide bars. The guide wheels engage with the guide bars, steering the bus externally. The bus driver does not need to steer.
The O-Bahn busway was introduced in the late 20th century to service the northeastern suburbs of Adelaide. Its track is 12km long following the picturesque River Torrens Linear Park and includes three interchanges i.e. the Klemzig Interchange, the Paradise Interchange and the Tea Tree Plaza Interchange. It is capable of travelling up to 85km/h and can transport people from the city to Tea Tree Plaza in approximately 15 minutes. It runs very frequently with a maximum wait time of 15 minutes every day.
An extension is currently in progress at the city end which is due to open later this year. Centrally aligned priority bus lanes will be created along Hackney Road and a dedicated bus tunnel will be created from the National Wine Centre to Grenfell Street.
If you are an Adelaidean and have not heard about the O-Bahn busway, then I would encourage you to at least check it out. The fare is just $1.94 on the regular metrocard (or $3.40 single-trip metroticket) between 9.01am and 3pm weekdays and all day Sundays and public holidays.