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CityGlider gets off to flyer

15 July, 2010

Brisbane’s first 24 hour high-frequency bus service has carried over 300,000 passengers in its first three months in operation.

In April Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and Premier Anna Bligh launched the $5 million City Glider service, which runs on a continuous loop between West End and Newstead.

Public and Active Transport Chairman Margaret de Wit today revealed that 314,074 passengers boarded the CityGlider service in its first three months, with over 100,000 passengers recorded in each month.

“At this rate the CityGlider’s on track to carry over one million passengers in its first year. You can’t ask for a better start than that,” Cr de Wit said.

“The Lord Mayor’s delivered Brisbane a quick and reliable bus service and it’s obviously struck a chord with commuters.

“Brisbane buses carried over 77 million passengers last year thanks to the Lord Mayor’s commitment of 500 new buses over fours. That’s more than the entire southeast Queensland CityTrain network.”

Cr de Wit said the CityGlider was averaging about 26,000 passengers a week since going fully operational, with patronage steadily growing from about 22,000 to 28,000 a week.

“This shows that, contrary to what the knockers say, the demand for this service is already there and will continue to grow as more people call our inner city suburbs home,” she said.

Cr de Wit said the distinctly-marked CityGlider buses allowed all-door boarding and departed every five minutes during peak times and every 10-15 minutes outside of that. They run 24 hours Friday and Saturdays and 18 hours the rest of the week.

Cr de Wit said the service was pre-paid only and commuters could use their Go Card to board the buses, which travel a maximum of two zones.

Cr de Wit said Council and the State Government shared the cost of running the service 50/50.

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