COMMUTERS are set to save six minutes a day and gain 210 extra seats during the morning peak rush when the State Government's $500 million B-Line bus service rolls out on Sunday.
State Cabinet documents, obtained by the Opposition under Freedom of Information, show the new double-decker bus service will only marginally improve trips to the city - and longtime northern beaches commuters remain sceptical about any predicted reduction in travel times.
Elizabeth Smith said her commute from Collaroy to Wynyard had become "unbearable" on overcrowded buses.
"I am born and raised in Sydney. I love Sydney but Sydney has choked. It's not choking, it has choked," the 32-year-old said. "It's too busy - I've had enough." Ms Smith said the new BLine service was "a huge expense" and "I strongly doubt there's any real benefits in it".
The 31km route will see 38 double-decker, limited-stop buses travelling between Newport and the CBD every five minutes in the morning and evening peaks and every 10 minutes at other times.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the BLine would deliver a "better, more reliable service with a state-of-the-art bus fleet".
Opposition transport spokeswoman Jodi McKay said "it's just another transport white elephant". "The government has been very bullish in getting this done and there's been a lack of community consultation where bus stops have been moved along the route," she said. Ms McKay said the BLine was "ripe for the picking" in the government's privatisation plans.
"The question is, will the government rule out privatising the B-Line before or after the next election?" she said.