Brisbane bus boost


Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has committed $56.26 million to purchase 125 new buses for the city’s fleet in this week’s Council Budget

By David Goeldner Munday | June 10, 2010

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has committed $56.26 million to purchase 125 new buses for the city’s fleet in this week’s Council Budget.

The Council says the new buses – and two new CityCats – will help service the city’s bus and river ferry network, which carries 76 million passengers annually.

"We have achieved strong growth in patronage by working to purchase environmentally friendly air-conditioned buses, acquiring additional CityCats and rolling out high-frequency bus routes (BUZ)," Newman says.

He adds that his Council will subsidise public transport in Brisbane by $173.71 million over the next 12 months.

The city’s transport budget will provide $2 million to improve disabled access at bus stops, and $750,000 to help protect bus passengers from rock attacks, through the application of a special anti-shatter film on bus windows.

By 2012, Brisbane also expects to have 96 percent of its buses air conditioned.

"In 2010-11 we will continue delivering on our promise to deal with traffic congestion and make public transport more accessible," he says.

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