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Train, bus and tram services each performed better in 2014 than than they did in 2013, the latest figures show.

Most Adelaide Metro performance measures for the 2014 October-December quarter improved compared to the same quarter in the previous year.

The largest improvement was in tram services, which departed on-time in 99 per cent of cases, up from 89 per cent.

Trains departed on-time in 92 per cent of cases in the final quarter of 2014, up from 85 per cent during the final quarter of 2013.

Bus services achieved a 91 per cent on-time departure rate, up from 85 per cent.

AdelaideMetro defines ‘on-time’ departure as leaving a station no more than one minute early, and no more than six minutes late.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said no bus contractors had to be fined by the State Government in October-December 2014 and all six bus contract areas had shown improvements in on-time running and reliability.

“While it’s pleasing to see our bus contractors are meeting the government’s targets, we are always looking to improve the reliability of our public transport network,” he said.

“We are continuously upgrading our Adelaide Metro fleet through our bus replacement program which introduces approximately 25 new buses into service every year.

“In addition to that, we’ve just introduced our second double decker bus which provides extra capacity on one of our busiest routes between the city and the Adelaide Hills.

“Work is continuing on the O-Bahn City Access Project which will not only cut travel time for bus passengers but will also help to alleviate congestion at key intersections.”

Passenger fare evasion – by far the worst on tram services at 14.2 per cent in the latest figures – also reduced slightly for all services.

Mullighan said he was pleased overall with the results.

“We are doing well but we could always do better,” he said.

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