Bus patronage up 8.6pc on TransLink network

By: Jason Whittaker


More than 181.9 million trips were made on buses, trains and ferries across TransLink's south east Queensland public transport network

More than 181.9 million trips were made on buses, trains and ferries across TransLink's south east Queensland public transport network in the 2008/09 financial year, setting a new record.

Patronage is up by 12.5 million trips, which equates to a 7.4 percent increase on last year's total.

This year's growth included 8.6 percent for buses, 5.2 percent for rail and 4.8 percent for ferries.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says buses carried the majority of passengers with 114.3 million trips while 61 million passenger trips were recorded on trains and 6.6 million trips on ferries.

"More than 74 million bus trips were catered for following an additional $18 million worth of new service enhancements such as those rolled out across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Logan, Bayside, Bribie Island and Caboolture," she says.

The popularity of go card was increasing hand-in-hand with the uptake in public transport patronage, Nolan says.

"As the 400,000th go card was sold yesterday, we see that almost one-third of all public transport trips are now taken using the card, growing to almost 50 percent during peak times.

"The go card system is also delivering data that helps us monitor the network's performance and make any adjustments necessary to ensure it continues to deliver fast, frequent and reliable public transport services for South East Queensland," Nolan says.

go cards account for more than 1 million passenger trips most weeks, with more than 40 million trips made and about $100 million in value loaded on to go cards since the system began little more than 18 months ago.

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