Queensland to benefit from improved bus system
The government announced today (July 24) that the south-east Queensland bus network would be reviewed after recent figures showed a declining patronage on the state's bus system.
With a $30 million cash injection earmarked for the improvement of the bus network, Queenslanders living in residential property in the state's south-east will benefit from increased affordability and reliability of public transport.
State transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson said following on from a 15 per cent fare increase, user numbers of the south east Queensland bus network had declined on 13 of the region's 16 bus providers.
He commented: "To attract people back to public transport we must improve services, so I've told TransLink to work with all operators and passengers for the next six months to start building a better network.
"We also need to improve the reliability of the network, particularly where there are buses that are so full they need to leave passengers behind yet other areas have buses carrying less than three passengers a trip."
With improved public transport services a by-product of the multimillion dollar investment in the state's bus network, people looking at buying land may be attracted to the area.
Strategies to be considered to improve the bus system will include, eliminating service duplication, simplifying the network, managing infrastructure capacity and improving connectivity between services and modes.