Barossa 'uber-style' buses four times more expensive than Mount Barker

The Transport Minister's office said there were a number of factors determining the price per trip for the on demand bus trials. Photo: Facebook

The Transport Minister's office said there were a number of factors determining the price per trip for the on demand bus trials. Photo: Facebook

Barossans will be paying four times more for the on-demand public transport bus trials that began this week exclusively in Mount Barker and the Barossa.

The On-Demand public transport service works in a similar fashion to ridesharing apps, enabling passengers to order a bus, when and where they need it, to take them anywhere within the service area.

The Barossa Valley service is priced at $6 for an adult and $3 concession, compared to $1.50 for adults and $1 for concessions in Mount Barker.

When asked to explain this price discrepancy, a representative from the Transport Minister's office said there were a number of factors determining the price per trip for the on demand bus trials.

"The average length of trip in the Barossa is expected to be much further due to the distance of trips between towns," they said.

"This is in comparison to the Mount Barker service that will see much shorter trips on average in the service area."

The service areas in the Barossa includes Tanunda, Angaston, Nuriootpa and some surrounding suburbs.

Despite the comparatively high prices, the Barossa On-Demand buses are cheaper than the previously available Dial-A-Ride service which was previously $11.60 for an adult and $5.80 concession.

Also, the fact that Mount Barker is within the existing Adelaide Metro network, whereas the Barossa is in the regional network also helps drop the price point.

The On-demand transport services are available in the Barossa Valley on weekdays from 7am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 5pm.

The 'Keoride' app is available in the App Store or Google Play Store and the trial will last for six months.

Payments can be made through on board MetroCard validators, or by credit card/debit card in the App. Riders that transfer to an Adelaide Metro Service will then pay the appropriate Adelaide Metro fare.

"Millions of people use ridesharing apps across the country so they should be very familiar with this technology which should make it easy for them to adapt to quickly," acting Transport Minister David Speirs said.

"Like ridesharing, passengers will be able to track where their bus is and order it to a point near their location to save them waiting in the rain or heat.

"Passengers will be able to track the wait time and bus location in real-time on the app and get picked up from their home or within 60-130 metres from their location."