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Lord Mayor on track to deliver 500 new buses

18 May, 2011

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled a 14.5-metre super bus as the 400th of a promised 500 buses by 2012 to help tackle traffic congestion.

The new super-sized rigid bus has 1.6 times the capacity of a standard bus and can carry up to 90 passengers to boost Brisbane’s bus network.

Cr Quirk said the delivery of the 400th bus brought the size of Council’s bus fleet to 1136 buses to cater for an unprecedented growth in bus passenger numbers with more services, more often.

“This is another election commitment this administration is on track to deliver,” Cr Quirk said.

“We are on track to surpass last financial year’s record figure of 77 million passengers which has skyrocketed by 30 million since 2004 when Labor left office.

“Every extra full bus on the road takes 40 cars off the road, which means a reduction in traffic congestion on our local roads.

“Brisbane’s buses are so popular that they’re now consistently carrying more passengers than the entire Southeast Queensland rail network.”

Come 2012 the Newman/Quirk administration will have put 837 new buses on the road since 2004. The former Labor administration put just 60 new buses over five years in the 1990s.

Cr Quirk said the 500 buses was part of Council’s plan to increase capacity on the bus network and encourage people to leave their cars at home, which will cut congestion and pollution.

“The 400 delivered to date represent the capability to carry around 30 million passengers a year and meet passengers’ needs by providing frequent, reliable and safe services,” he said.

“The roll-out of 400 full buses saves 35,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually and about 40 million car trips every year.”

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