The peak body representing Queensland’s bus industry has welcomed today’s announcement of a review into public transport fares in South-East Queensland, despite no one from the industry – which accounts for over sixty percent of public transport – being appointed to the Fare Review taskforce.
Executive Director of the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) David Tape said any review that could improve bus patronage and encourage more people to use public transport was beneficial to the state, both economically and environmentally.
“Affordability will assist in better usage of bus networks, and increased demand will lead to greater frequency of services,” he explained.
“The review has the potential to bring Queensland in line with other states when it comes to affordability.”
QBIC has campaigned for more bus infrastructure and a greater focus on bus travel as roads become more congested, and earlier this year released its “Moving People Queensland” blueprint.
Mr Tape said every bus takes up to 50 cars off the road, and unlike rail travel which has a long lead time before new services can be created, bus routes are flexible and can meet changing demands and population centres.
QBIC also praised the removal of the Tertiary Transport Concession Card.
“This will be welcomed by students, as they currently must carry three cards to access the concession. A simple Go-Card solution will simplify this and make access to the concession much easier.”
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