24-hour bus, cycle scheme, headed for Brisbane

By: Jason Whittaker


Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has released detail on the much-anticipated 24-hour CityGlider bus rapid transit system ahead of its

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has released detail on the much-anticipated 24-hour CityGlider bus rapid transit system ahead of its launch, scheduled for next year.

The proposed CityGlider route will link the city centre with West End and Newstead through a high frequency rapid bus transit system, which will see departures every five minutes during peak times.

On Fridays and Saturdays the service will run 24-hours a day and will initially be serviced by existing rigid and articulated buses, before being replaced by large buses.

Newman says the Brisbane City Council (BCC) could provide the CityGlider service at a fraction of the cost of light rail.

He is "still hopeful" the CityGlider will be integrated into TransLink’s Go-card system.

"We’ve written to the Minister asking for this to happen, but either way we’ll be pushing ahead with the CityGlider because it’s something that’s needed for the people of Brisbane," Newman says.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan told mX newspaper the government still had some reservations about the service.

"We understand the BCC is proposing high fares and no integration with the TransLink network, but we will consider a business case when one is presented," Nolan was quoted as saying.

The CityGlider service is being launched in conjunction with a bike hire scheme, linked to a network of nearly 90 bike stations in and around the city, called CityCycle.

"CityCycle is designed for short trips – the bikes could be used to get across town for a meeting or to cycle down to the Botanic Gardens for lunch," Newman says

"These bikes will help reduce traffic congestion, ease the demand for inner city parking and help create a cleaner, greener Brisbane.

"Similar schemes have been successful in cities like Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, Munich, Rome, Portland and Toronto and I see no reason it won’t be here as well."

Newman said the hire bikes would be available at bike stations, which were proposed for key strategic locations including:

  • Ann St, CBD (116 bikes across six locations)
  • Roma St, CBD (72 bikes across five locations)
  • Grey St, South Brisbane (20 bikes on one location)
  • Bicentennial Bike Way, Milton (40 bikes in two locations)
  • Vulture St, South Brisbane (20 bikes in one location)
  • Vernon Tce, New Farm (60 bikes across three locations)
  • Brunswick St, New Farm (40 bikes across two locations)

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