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Brisbane residents to get 25 new buses

16 July, 2010

Brisbane residents are set to benefit from 25 new buses hitting the road, delivering much needed additional bus services for the people of Brisbane.

Public and Active Transport Chairman Margaret de Wit said Council today accepted the 25 new buses, which should have been put into service in the 2009-10 financial year as per the 3G contract.

“These 25 buses should have been put on the road last financial year as promised,” Cr de Wit said.

“Unfortunately, they were left idle at a Council depot while Brisbane ratepayers waited for the State Government and Translink to put the buses into service.”

Councillor de Wit said she was pleased the new buses were being put into service, but concerned the livery and set routes proposed by Minister Nolan would restrict flexibility.

“To have these buses specifically marked and restricted to two routes will not help address the issue of buses filling up in the outer suburbs with passengers from other council areas, forcing Brisbane ratepayers to wait for another bus,” Cr de Wit said.

“I look forward to working through these issues with Minister Nolan to deliver better bus services for Brisbane.”

Cr de Wit today renewed calls for the State Government to ensure other Councils in South East Queensland pay their fair share towards public transport. She said about $384 per rateable property in Brisbane is dedicated to subsidising public transport, far more than any other Council in Queensland. Moreton and Ipswich Councils pay zero.

“Brisbane is in a ridiculous situation where our ratepayers paid about $160 million last year for a bus network that was being used by people from other council areas who do not pay anything,” Cr de Wit said.

Brisbane City Council buses carried 77,193,510 passengers in 2009-10, an increase of over 60.6 per cent in six years.

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