Brisbane buses go cashless

By: Jason Whittaker

TransLink is moving to cut queues and improve boarding times by introducing more prepaid bus services to Brisbane’s public transport

TransLink is moving to cut queues and improve boarding times by introducing more prepaid bus services to Brisbane’s public transport network.

Thirty-six bus routes across Brisbane will be served by prepaid buses from November 16.

The prepaid routes will feature a ‘P’ next to the route number on the front of the bus or by a sign in the front window, meaning passengers must have a go card or paper (single, daily, weekly or monthly) ticket before they catch a bus.

A TransLink spokesman says the prepaid routes will also be serviced by regular buses, which will run to the same areas.

"There will be a two-week amnesty so passengers can buy tickets if they need to on board until Friday, November 27," he says.

"After the amnesty, passengers without a go card or ticket will not be able to board the prepaid service."

The prepaid expansion follows a successful trial of current prepaid routes across the network including routes: 137 (Sunnybank Hills-City), 569 (Loganholme-City), 581 (Springwood-City), 157 (Runcorn-City) and 343 (Aspley-City).

"Prepaid services have been well accepted by commuters with patronage across all current five pre-paid services averaging 57,863 trips per month between January and June this year," the spokesman says.

In total, the 41 routes – including the five current pre-paid routes – carried 364,234 passengers in July with 2770 bus trips made each week.

The 36 bus routes that will become prepaid are:

Brisbane south:
  • 119 Garden City-Brisbane City
  • 129 Algester-Brisbane City
  • 133 Sunnybank-Brisbane City
  • *137 Sunnybank Hills-Brisbane City
  • 141 Browns Plains-Brisbane City
  • 142 Browns Plains-Brisbane City
  • 151 Calamvale-Brisbane City
  • *157 Runcorn-Brisbane City
  • 173 Mt Gravatt Central-Brisbane City
  • 176 Garden City-Brisbane City via Logan Rd
  • 179 Garden City-Brisbane City via Mansfield
  • 189 Holland Park-Brisbane City
  • *569 Loganholme-Brisbane City
  • *581 Springwood-Brisbane City

Brisbane east:
  • 201 Carindale Heights-Brisbane City
  • 206 Carindale-Brisbane City
  • 207 Carina-Brisbane City
  • 208 Carindale-Brisbane City
  • 211 Cannon Hill-Brisbane City
  • 216 Tingalpa-Brisbane City
  • 221 Wynnum-Brisbane City
  • 222 Carindale-Roma Street station
  • 231 Balmoral-Brisbane City via Riding Rd
  • 236 Balmoral-Brisbane City via Thynne Rd

Brisbane north:
  • 331 Bracken Ridge-Brisbane City
  • 332 Chermside-Brisbane City via Spring Hill
  • 339 Taigum-Brisbane City via Kirby Rd
  • 341Carseldine-Brisbane City
  • *343 Aspley-Brisbane City
  • 344 Carseldine-Brisbane City
  • 356 McDowall-Brisbane City

Brisbane west:
  • 374 Paddington-Brisbane City
  • 384 The Gap-Brisbane City
  • 426 Chapel Hill-Brisbane City
  • 443 Moggill-Brisbane City
  • 455 Riverhills-Brisbane City
  • 456 Mt Ommaney-Brisbane City
  • 457 Riverhills/Mt Ommaney-Brisbane City
  • 458 Mt Ommaney-Brisbane City
  • 459 Riverhills-Brisbane City
  • 461 Forest Lake-Brisbane City

*already prepaid

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