THE demand for public transport in The Hills rose to 14.8 million annual passenger journeys — that's up 16 per cent in a year.
Last week the state government introduced a new route 627 — connecting Castle Hill and Chatswood via Baulkham Hills — to meet demand.
The new route 627 peak-hour is one of more than 580 extra weekly services along 12 bus routes in Sydney's north west.
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said new single-deck buses, a trial of double-deck buses and the North West Rail Link — due for completion in 2019 — would deliver more public transport to support the area's growth.
This week Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott also said he was pleased to see "on time" bus arrivals in The Hills had increased to 94 per cent of services.
But the Auditor-General's report Private Operators On-time Running by Region also showed on-time arrivals targets had not been met, he said.
"I'm disappointed that the contractor [Hillsbus] has not met the target, however, I'm pleased with the improvement," Mr Elliott said.
"I am cautiously optimistic that the target will be reached."
■ More than 150 extra services between Rouse Hill and Parramatta on the T-way T65;
■ 105 extra services on the new route linking Castle Hill and Chatswood the 627;
■ 100 extra weekly services between Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Norwest and Parramatta on the T64;
■ More than 80 extra services between Blacktown and Macquarie Park via Seven Hills on the 611;
■ 30 extra services on each route: 602X (Rouse Hill to North Sydney), 613X (Bella Vista to City) and 614X (Crestwood to City).