The head of the peak body representing Queensland’s bus industry says decision makers are finally starting to "see the light" by introducing more routes and services along Brisbane’s peak thoroughfares.
Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) executive director David Tape has applauded Brisbane City Council and Translink for committing to five extra peak morning routes accessing Legacy Way tunnel which will take passengers from the western suburbs into the inner city and CBD locations.
Mr Tape says the new routes and extra services should serve as the template for further changes to other congested corridors in the greater Brisbane region.
“Commuters, especially school and university students, will save up to 15 minutes each morning taking these routes, but the best news is that every new bus service takes approximately 50 cars off the road and goes a long way to easing congestion.”
“The Western Freeway is a carpark during morning peak hour and with more bus services soon able to access the new tunnel, the easing in congestion will be noticeable.”
QBIC, which this year released its ‘Moving Queensland’ blueprint for the future, is confident this move will show the tangible benefits that more services and extra routes will have on reducing traffic, particularly as the south-east grows.
"Bus infrastructure is pivotal in the current planning process for new developments and residential building projects," said Mr Tape, while also stressing the importance of having improved bus feeder networks into the train system.
“Buses enjoy 65 per cent of public transport market share in the south-east corner and continue to be the most effective and reliable form of passenger commute.”
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