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As NSW public transport capacity was slashed by 75 per cent, commuters were urged to "be kind to each other" as they struggle to grab limited seats on trains, buses and ferries.
NSW Police will be present at stations and sometimes ride the network to regulate crowds and stop harassment of drivers and frontline transport workers.
Under new coronavirus restrictions, just 12 people will be allowed on a NSW bus, 32 people on a Waratah train carriage and 245 on a ferry.
Heavy traffic is back on the streets of Sydney on Saturday, May 16, 2020. (Cole Bennetts)
The network usually carries 2.2 million every day.
But the reduced capacity will result in a new maximum of around 550,000.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance urged people to walk or bike to work if they can, to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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