Building A Better Bus Network

Building A Better Bus Network

Queensland Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin

More Buses Without Timetables

Victor P Taffa

A growing number of bus routes across South East Queensland could become so frequent that timetables won’t be required, under a proposal to build a better bus network.

Public Transport Assistant Minister Steve Minnikin said the high-frequency, no-timetable proposal, similar to that used on Brisbane’s CityGlider, could be rolled out across other high frequency corridors.

“Better corridor frequency is a key plank in the State Government’s plan to attract people back on to public transport.” Mr. Minnikin said.

“In Brisbane this means services every three-to-five minutes in peak and 10 minutes off-peak on major corridors so frequent that it will simply be matter of turning up and boarding.”

“The review proposes better frequency and coordination of services between the CBD and major suburban hubs at Carindale, Chermside, Indooroopilly and Mains Rd.”

“Combining services could also improve frequency to Mt. Ommaney, Albany Creek and Bulimba.”

There are also a number of recommendations to reduce duplication, make timetable changes or remove services on routes with very low patronage.

Suggested options, along with cost recovery and loading ratings for each of South East Queensland’s 450 bus routes, will be available at translink.com.au with public comment open for two weeks.

“This is the second round of feedback so it’s important for passengers to have their say before we make final decisions.” Mr. Minnikin said.

“The Newman Government added 2,000 additional weekly services earlier this year and now we are undertaking the most comprehensive review of bus services ever conducted in South East Queensland.”

TransLink received over 4,000 pieces of feedback during the first round of consultation to identify where improvements can be made.

The Newman Government made the decision to review bus services after figures showed patronage had decreased on 13 of 16 operators last financial year.

Some of the changes being proposed for South East Queensland include:

  • Improving the coordination and frequency of corridors to eliminate the need for timetables.
  • Additional services for Brisbane’s most overcrowded routes the top 10 overcrowded routes between August and October 2012 were routes 412, 130, 345, 66, 385, 169, 150, 100, 330 and 333.
  • Additional services for route 600, which carries 25 % of Sunshine Coast bus trips.
  • Additional services connecting to Sunshine Coast train stations.
  • Improvements to local bus routes across the Gold Coast, designed to provide easier access, ahead of the introduction of Gold Coast Rapid Transit network in 2014
  • Extending some trips on Gold Coast route 700 into Griffith University to allow for simplification of the network.
  • Restructuring and renaming of older Gold Coast routes which have not been reviewed since the 1990’s.
  • Improving bus and rail connections north of Brisbane.
  • Learning from the Trip Tracker data so we can make services more reliable and make it easier for customers to connect to other services.
  • More services on route 500 in Ipswich.

These enhancements would be funded by removing duplication and addressing poor performing routes in other parts of the network, including:

  • Removal of route 77 due to low patronage. A number of routes currently operate between Garden City, CBD and Chermside.
  • Truncating route P461 at Richlands railway station due to low patronage and the availability of high frequency rail services to the city.
  • No longer running route P88 on the weekend as it duplicates a number of routes between Eight Mile Plains and Indooroopilly.
  • Combining bus routes between Goodna and Springfield to improve frequency.
  • Removing Gold Coast route 707 which duplicates route 700.