Transit Systems won its first tender for bus operations in the Midland area of Perth in 1995. Operating under the Swan Transit brand, the company delivered a commitment to standards in service and innovative management style never before seen in WA. This saw the company awarded a number of additional bus operation contracts across WA. Swan Transit now operates the Canning, Claremont, Marmion, Midland, Southern River, Bunbury and Busselton bus contract areas in WA.
Transit Systems' performance in a very competitive public transport market was a significant factor in it being awarded a major contract to operate services in the Adelaide metropolitan area in 2000. Trading as Torrens Transit, Transit Systems currently operates the East West contract for bus services in metropolitan Adelaide.
In 2005 Transit Systems entered the marine transport market through the acquisition of the Bay Islands Transit ferry service in Southern Moreton Bay. The group’s ferry operations in Moreton Bay were further expanded via the acquisition of the Big Red Cat and Stradbroke Ferries which provide passenger and vehicular ferry services to Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
In 2011 Transit Systems began transporting workers to Curtis Island, off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, in support of the construction of two significant Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects. Transit Systems became the largest ferry operator in the region with a state of the art fleet of passenger and vehicular vessels providing an efficient and environmentally friendly transport link to the island projects.
Transit Systems was awarded the Sydney Metropolitan Bus Service Contract for the Liverpool, Hoxton Park and Fairfield local council areas of Sydney in late 2012. Operations commenced in October 2013 and Transit Systems now operates a fleet of 230 buses from three depots across the region.
In 2013, Transit Systems international sister company, Tower Transit, acquired the London bus operations of First Group Plc. Tower Transit currently employs 2,030 staff in the United Kingdom operating 650 buses. From May 2016 Tower Transit’s operations will expand by a further 900 staff and 380 buses when Tower Transit Singapore commences operations. Tower Transit Singapore was awarded the first bus contract tendered by the Singaporean Government’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) for 26 bus routes operating from the new Bulim Bus Depot.
Transit Systems’ subsidiary Territory Transit successfully secured the Darwin Urban Bus Services contract from the Northern Territory Government for the provision of urban and school bus services in 2014. Territory Transit currently operates approximately 40% of the Darwin public transport network.
In November 2015 Transit Systems announced the sale of its marine operations to the SeaLink Travel Group.
From humble beginnings in 1995 Transit Systems has established itself as one of Australia's largest and most respected public transport providers. The Group's fully trained and experienced workforce continues to provide innovative solutions to existing and emergent public transport issues and expects to continue to do so well into the future.