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Council bus fleet now fully accessible and inclusive

19 May, 2015

Brisbane City Council is now the most modern and most disability accessible bus fleet in the entire country, after the last of the previous generation high-floor buses was retired today.

In 2012 Lord Mayor Graham Quirk committed to retire all high-floor buses – which are not wheelchair accessible and require passengers to negotiate two steps into and out of the vehicle – by 2016 to provide a safe, accessible and well-connected city for all residents and visitors.

Cr Quirk said that this milestone was an achievement that Brisbane could be proud of and had been a personal commitment to see all Brisbane buses accessible and inclusive, with Brisbane owning Australia’s most modern bus fleet.

“Council began introducing low-floor buses as far back as 1997 to ensure residents and visitors would have access to a high quality, inclusive public transport services through the provision of a modern, accessible bus fleet,” Cr Quirk said.

“We operate the second-largest bus fleet in Australia with close to 1200 buses, which now consists entirely of low-floor buses featuring level access through the front door, a ramp for wheelchair access, kneeling front suspension to lower the front entry height for ease of access and two dedicated wheelchair spaces.

“Today the average age of a Council bus is less than seven years, in line with our commitment to keep Brisbane residents and visitors moving on a modern, comfortable and reliable bus fleet, with 60 brand new buses being added to the fleet this financial year alone.”

Brisbane City Council is the only Australian council to provide funding for and operate its own public transport fleet and its buses cover a wide network of routes around Brisbane, including the free loop bus, BUZ services and CityGliders.

Cr Quirk said the transition to low-floor buses was part of Council’s integrated approach to upgrading the city’s public transport network to ensure improved access for everyone.

“Construction has also commenced on a program to upgrade more than 2700 bus stops across the network to improve their safety and accessibility,” he said.

“The bus stop accessibility upgrades will be carried out as part of a rolling program of works and will include improvements to boarding points, access paths, waiting areas, signs, tactile ground surface indicators, lighting and bus stop furniture.

“Council is also delivering 11 new or upgraded ferry terminals this financial year, which are designed to be accessible for passengers of all abilities.

For more information about Council’s bus services, bus stop upgrade program or ferry terminal upgrades, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 3403 8888.

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