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BCC Candidate Q6of8 - Public Transport for our area

Submitted by webmaster on Sat, 31/03/2012 - 7:52pm

What is your policy on public transport for our immediate area and how and over what time frame will you work to achieve implementation of that policy?



One of the most asked questions put to my office is in relation to bus services.
It is my understanding that Translink are undertaking a review of the services currently provided and with the new bus depot in Sherwood and the local State Members working closely with Translink, this will hopefully allow Translink to deliver more frequent bus services to suburbs in the Western Corridor.

Over the past four years I have been actively working with both Council and the State Government to improve public transport services across Tennyson Ward and our city.
I have supported the delivery of 500 new 'green' buses for Brisbane and new bus services for Fairfield and Annerley residents, which now have Buz routes. To date, Translink has refused all efforts including petitions, letters and lobbying to improve key bus services including the 105/107/108 routes.
Translink conducted a review about 18 months ago and did not, in fact as a result they removed train services from the Tennyson Spur line used by students and commuters to get to work and some bus stops.
As the New Minister for Transport, I am hopeful that our local state member Scott Emerson will take action to improve access at rail stations and the reliability and frequency of local bus services which have suffered badly under the former State Government.
My Public Transport plan is:

  1. more frequent and reliable bus services along the 104/105/107/108 routes
  2. new City Cat services upstream to Fairfield, Yeronga, Tennyson, Graceville and Chelmer
  3. universal access (elevators or ramps) for the disabled, elderly and parents with prams at rail stations
  4. restoring Tennyson spur line rail services in the AM and PM peak
  5. decommissioning of older buses with multiple stairs and replacement with low floor access buses on all local routes.

In the last two Council budgets, the Lord Mayor and his Council Administration have cut $38 million cut from public transport services. Public transport will only improve if we reinvest in providing reliable, frequent public transport services for Brisbane residents.
That’s why very early on, we released our plan to provide free public transport for Brisbane seniors on Council buses, CityCats and ferries, seven days a week, during off-peak travel times. This will help reduce cost of living for our seniors and get them moving around our local area. It will also help reduce over-crowding during peak times by spreading demand more evenly.
We’ll also be making an investment in four new CityCats and more express CityCat services to help improve public transport on the river and while we haven’t released our bus policy just yet, we’re committed to providing better bus services as well.
By putting money into buses, instead of ripping it out, neglected areas like Graceville and Tennyson (where some residents currently have to spend an hour going through the back-streets of Yeronga to get to the city) will see improved services. Despite being close to the city, it can take around an hour to get to there. We need more express bus services from Graceville, Chelmer, Sherwood and Corinda to Yeronga and the inner city. I’d also like to see improved weekend and night time services from these areas.

Ray Smith has announced free Bus and Ferry travel for seniors outside of peak hours which will assist our senior residents and take more cars off the road. High frequency bus services to all our stations and greater implementation of park and ride facilities need to be investigated. As your local representative, it is imperative that I lobby all aspects of public transport as this is a major issue that is not improving regardless of government. It should be on the agenda until we have better, more affordable services.

With the provision of a new bus depot in our area I think there is an opportunity to improve bus services. While new bus routes and timetables are now governed by Translink, I will work proactively with the State MP and transport minister to consult with the community on new bus routes.