What will you be part of?
We (SYPTE) carry out the work of the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (SYITA) (see below).
With funding from SYITA, SYPTE has responsibility for securing and promoting the best possible transport network for the people of South Yorkshire.
Our main activities are:
- Providing concessionary fares;
- Promoting county-wide, multi-modal tickets;
- Subsidising uncommercial bus services which would not otherwise run;
- Managing and expanding the local rail and tram network;
- Building interchanges, bus shelters and local stations;
- Improving passenger information channels;
- Helping people with limited mobility to use public transport;
- Developing and supporting innovation in transport systems.
We also provide timetables, journey planners and personalised travel advice to individuals and organisations as well as being responsible for providing the public transport environment – bus stops and shelters, interchanges, rail stations and Park & Ride sites. In short, we have the task of maximising the tremendous potential of public transport, thereby helping the environment and improving the social and business life of the county.
But... we don’t directly operate any of the trains which serve the region nor do we operate any of the buses or trams. However, we do pay for socially necessary services to operate which are not profitable. We work closely with transport service operators, local authorities and other key stakeholders to develop the network and services across the county.
South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (SYITA) is made up of councillors drawn from the elected members of local authorities in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
SYITA has various legal responsibilities. Its most important one is to co-ordinate and promote the use of public transport in South Yorkshire. In order to achieve this SYITA has three key goals:
- To improve modal choice by facilitating a realistic alternative to the car that will encourage a shift in people’s mode of travel;
- To reduce social exclusion by facilitating the provision of quality transport for those without the use of a car to enable them access to jobs, education, shops, healthcare and other facilities; and
- To support sustainable business development by developing sustainable access to businesses for employees and customers.
In addition to the promotion of the use of public transport in South Yorkshire, SYITA has a number of other roles and responsibilities. These include:
- Community Engagement – to consult the public about the provision of transport in the area and then use this information to inform decisionmaking;
- Planning and Performance Management – setting clear priorities and targets in relation to the key goals of SYITA and then monitoring performance against these;
- Resource Use and Allocation – have regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness, when carrying out their functions. There must be no discrimination against operators;
- Integrity and Ethical Standards – reviews its own and SYPTE’s practices and procedures to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation;
- Appointment of Chief Officers – responsibility for appointing the Director General.
We’re making it easier to get around South Yorkshire.
Many different organisations are involved in running public transport, and by connecting them together it makes public transport easier to understand and use.
Besides SYPTE, the Travel South Yorkshire partnership consists of a number of members all involved in the delivery of public transport within South Yorkshire, including:
Public Transport Operators
Operators such as First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach, Supertram and Northern Rail, along with many others, provide the bus, tram and train services that go to create the Travel South Yorkshire public transport network.
Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils provide investment in bus lanes and other bus priority measures, new rail and bus stations, Park & Ride sites and other sustainable travel measures that support and improve the operation of the Travel South Yorkshire public transport network.
The Travel South Yorkshire partners are working together to invest in and improve facilities and services, and to provide better passenger information.
The goal of the Travel South Yorkshire partnership is to:
- bring public transport together
- encourage more people to use it
- make it easier to understand; and
- deliver new, innovative public transport products and services.
But what are the benefits?
The Travel South Yorkshire partnership has already made massive improvements to public transport in South Yorkshire:
- New low-emission buses;
- Priority bus lanes speeding up journey times;
- New modern interchanges, stations and information centres;
- Easy access to public transport for people with disabilities and older people;
- New and improved travel information;
- Satellite tracking of all buses in South Yorkshire, providing up to the minute bus information sent straight to your bus stop display, PC or mobile phone from the YourNextBus service;
- Timetable updates by email;
- A variety of ticket options introduced for all modes of public transport;
- ...and many more improvements to come!
For more information, visit Travel South Yorkshire.