Swan Transit

Volgren bodied Volvo B7RLE in February 2015
Parent Transit Systems
Founded 21 January 1996
Service area Perth
Service type Bus services
Depots 8
Fleet 492 (November 2015)
Website www.transitsystems.com.au/swan

Swan Transit (stylised as sWAn Transit) is an Australian bus company operating services in Perth under contract to Transperth. It is a subsidiary of Transit Systems.


On 21 January 1996 Swan Transit commenced operating services in the Midland area with 43 buses.[1][2][3]

On 29 September 1996 Swan Transit commenced operating services in the Canning Vale and Southern River areas from depots in Canning Vale and Gosnells with 119 Mercedes-Benz and Renault buses.[4][5][6][7]

In January 1998 Swan Transit gained further services in the Armadale South and Kalamunda areas[8][9][10] followed by Cockburn, Fremantle and the Perth CAT services on 5 July 1998.[11][12]

In September 2002, Swan Transit purchased the Perth operations of Connex WA.[13] It initially traded as Swan Transit Riverside. Connex (now Transdev) would re-enter the market in September 2004 when it purchased Southern Cross Transit from National Express.[14][15]

In May 2011 Swan Transit commenced an eight-year contract to operate services in the Marmion contract area. The Marmion contract area includes Karrinyup depot which was operated by Path Transit. As at June 2015 Swan Transit operated the Canning, Claremont, Marmion, Midland and Southern River area contracts.[16]

TransBunbury & TransBusselton

In January 2015, Swan Transit commenced operating 10 year contracts to operate services in Bunbury and Busselton under the TransBunbury and TransBusselton brands.[17][18]


As at November 2015, the Perth fleet consisted of 492 buses.[19][20]


Swan Transit operate eleven depots in Beckenham, Canning Vale, Ellenbrook, Jarrahdale. Karrinyup, Midvale, Mundaring,Southern River, Beenyup (Craigie), Bunbury and Busselton.


  1. Preferred tenderer to provide Midland public bus services announced Minister for Transport 12 September 1995
  2. "Competitive Tendering" Australian Bus Panorama issue 11/3 October 1995 page 30
  3. "Swan Transit" Australian Bus Panorama issue 12/1 August 1996 page 25
  4. Private companies awarded preferred tenderer status for bus service contracts Minister for Transport 28 June 1996
  5. "Additional contract areas" Australian Bus Panorama issue 12/1 August 1996 page 28
  6. "New operators take over" Fleetline November 1996 page 206
  7. "Competitive Tendering" Australian Bus Panorama issue 12/3 December 1996 pages 24-26
  8. First stage of contracting out remainder of Transperth's bus service completed Minister for Transport 23 December 1997
  9. "Privatisation" Fleetline March 1998 page 63
  10. "Privatisation Progress" Australian Bus Panorama issue 13/5 April 1998 page 23
  11. Names of private sector tenderers to take over MetroBus services announced Minister for Transport 22 April 1998
  12. Private sector will take over remaining Transperth services this Sunday Minister for Transport 2 July 1998
  13. Connex WA sale approved by Government Minister for Planning & Infrastructure 1 September 2002
  14. Sale of Australian bus operations National Express 3 September 2004
  15. National Express sells buses The Age 22 September 2004
  16. Annual Report for year ended 30 June 2015 Transperth page 41
  17. Provision of Bunbury Regional Town Bus Service Tenders WA 16 December 2014
  18. Provision of Busselton Regional Town Bus Service Tenders WA 16 December 2014
  19. Swan Transit Perth Bus Info
  20. TransBunbury Perth Bus Info
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