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BUZ and Glider routes unaffected in Council bus review

22 April, 2013

BUZ and Glider routes unaffected in Council bus review

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today released Council’s detailed review of the city’s bus network, ensuring more than two thirds of passengers will remain unaffected by the proposed changes.

The Lord Mayor reassured residents that the review did not propose any sweeping changes to current services, with Council keeping the highly popular BUZ and Glider routes.

“In taking on this review at the request of the State Government, we have identified the most common sense proposals, which we believe will help deliver an improved and more efficient bus network,” Cr Quirk said.

“We have conducted the review based off our own detailed knowledge of the network, and this is why we are retaining our most popular services, such as our 18 BUZ and two CityGlider routes, which carry 43 per cent of passengers.

“We have used this review as an opportunity to look at the evolution of existing services, and while there are nine proposed route removals, these routes account for just 1.75 per cent of passengers across the total network and these areas will not be left completely without a service.

“While we understand that any removal will be an inconvenience to some, some of the route removals proposed involve services where buses are often empty, and in some cases the routes only operate once or twice per day.

“Ultimately the big win for the community is that we have ensured the majority of the travelling public will remain unaffected and that we are leaving no area completely without a service.”

Cr Quirk said there were 19 routes with proposed service improvements including an extra stop at the Bardon shops for the Maroon CityGlider and a change to the 310 to reduce travel times for Brighton and Sandgate passengers by travelling through the Airport Link tunnel.

Among the nine route removal proposals were the 328 in the outer northern suburbs that has an average of less than two passengers and the 466 Richlands rail connection bus that has an average of four passengers per trip. All services proposed for removal have alternate services.

Cr Quirk said Council had identified proposed changes, based on a careful and thorough review during the past four weeks of network data and patronage trends from across 235 routes, which included 146 routes with no changes, 9 route removals and 80 service changes including 46 timetable changes and 34 route changes that includes three service amalgamations.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s buses had carried an additional 200,000 passengers so far this calendar year compared to 2012, which reinforced the reason for why a major overhaul was not required.

“The current passenger figures are indicative of the strong demand for a well-connected bus network and this review is proposing network improvements that ensure passenger demand continues to be met, to reduce duplication and improve network congestion along certain corridors,” he said.

“If these proposals were to be implemented in full, we would be able to reduce up to 14 buses travelling over the Victoria Bridge both inbound and outbound each hour in the PM peak, while being able to reduce up to 19 buses over the Captain Cook Bridge outbound for the same period.

“And while we have proposed a total of 80 route or timetable changes, of these 19 can be considered to be service improvements, through increased access for previously un-serviced areas, reduced travel times through route changes and the removal or addition of stops to address overcrowding on certain services.”

Cr Quirk said it was now time for residents to have their say on Council’s bus network review, with feedback opening to the public from Monday 22 April.

Residents have until Monday 20 May to submit their feedback, and Council will consider all community responses before submitting the review to the State Government on 1 June.

To view the proposed changes and to submit feedback on the proposals go online to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or visit a Council ward office, regional business centre or library before 20 May.

CITY WIDE Snapshot
Brisbane City Council’s bus network review has assessed 235 routes, identifying:
• 146 routes with no changes, 9 route removals and 80 service changes including:
o 46 timetable changes, 34 route changes, 3 route amalgamations

The 9 route removals includes:
• P88 Eight Mile Plains to Indooroopilly via City pre-paid fare express: The P88 duplicates the high frequency BUZ or busway services between Eight Mile Plains, Indooroopilly and the CBD, which have existing capacity. This route would partly be replaced by a new rocket P163 operating from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street during peak hours.
• 328 Boondall to Carseldine local: This service has extremely low patronage with an average of less than two passengers per trip.
• P356 McDowall to City: This service only consists of one inbound and outbound trip per weekday, has relatively low patronage for a rocket service and alternative service options exist.
• P374 Paddington to City: The Maroon CityGlider now services this route, and as such the duplication is proposed for removal.
• P436 City to Brookfield: It is proposed that this one outbound trip no longer operate as the service only averages around 13 passengers per trip and alternative service options exist.

• P461 Forest Lake to City: This peak hour service has low patronage for a rocket service and is a duplication of existing services, which can adequately meet demand.
• 462 Darra Station to Heathwood: On average this service carries between 1 and 3 passengers per off peak trip. The routes in the area have been proposed to be redesigned to ensure access to services is maintained.
• 465 Richlands Station to Heathwood: Passengers currently using this service would be able to use the revised route 460 which would service Richlands Station, Forest Lake and Heathwood. The routes in the area have been proposed to be redesigned to ensure access to services is maintained.
• 466 Richlands Station to Willawong: This service carries an average of four passengers per trip. The routes in the area have been proposed to be redesigned to ensure access to services is maintained.

80 of 235 routes have proposed timetable and/or route changes, with some offering service improvements:
• An additional stop on the Maroon CityGlider along Macgregor Terrace to service the Bardon shops.
• Servicing the previously un-serviced areas of Doolandella on the 101, areas of Calamvale on the 138 and Drewvale on the 153.
• Improved access for Kangaroo Point on new 234 services, which is a route change to the 475. This route change will also provide a more reliable service to Rainworth residents.
• Improved access for St Lucia residents with the 414 service now travelling down Carmody Road, as opposed to Sir Fred Schonell Drive.
• Later weeknight evening services for Brookfield passengers travelling from Indooroopilly on the 435.
• Re-routing the 199 service through the Ivory Street tunnel, to improve travel times.
• Improving accessibility for residents travelling to Taigum Shopping Centre, with the 335 to go via the shopping centre.
• Adding a stop on the 384 at Red Hill to provide passengers with additional city travel options in peak hours.
• Adding an additional evening service on the 451 departing Darra Station from Monday to Friday.
• Improved access and frequency on service for Forest Lake and Heathwood residents to Mt Ommaney, Indooroopilly and the CBD on the 460, to meet the significant growth of this area.
• The inclusion of new stops in College Avenue, Forest Lake on the 118 to provide a fast peak period service to Garden City and the CBD.
• Re-routing the 310 service through the Airport Link, to improve travel times.
• The extension of the P341 to service Fitzgibbon and Roghan Roads, which would provide direct access in to Chermside, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the CBD for the first time.
• Improving the service to College Green (Estate) on Northumbria Road on selected trips of the 325.
• Better access to the Royal Brisbane Hospital on the 363 by altering the route via Butterfield Street.

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