Signed, sealed, delivered

Brisbane’s multi-million dollar worth of ‘extras’ hit the road this week as part of an overhaul of existing routes, with more buses, more drivers – and a new peak hour service

Signed, sealed, delivered
Signed, sealed, delivered

July 27, 2010

Promised in June, Brisbane gets $5million worth of extra buses, route services, and drivers on the road from this week.

Funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by Brisbane City Council, 1000 new services will add 48,800 seats to the Brisbane bus network, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says.

Services will be added to 22 bus routes, mainly in Brisbane’s southern and western suburbs including The Gap, Browns Plains and Carindale.

"This bus package could take up to 51,000 cars a week off Brisbane roads and continues to use key infrastructure such as the Northern and South East Busways," Nolan says.

And with the University of Queensland back in session, the city to St Lucia campus high frequency service gets a much needed upgrade.

Nolan says more regular services will run to and from Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Griffith University.

"There will be changes at the busy Garden City interchange, extra trips from Forest Lake, Parkinson, Browns Plains, Chermside and Aspley."

Also starting this week is the outer south-west suburban Park Ridge to Brisbane city prepaid service.

The service runs express to the city using the South East Busway, servicing Greenbank RSL and Park Ridge park 'n' ride facilities.

Nolan says it stops at Griffith University and Buranda busway stations, allowing Griffith University and University of Queensland students and staff a faster trip to campus.

The Park Ridge – CBD route runs 14 services each weekday, seven inbound in the morning peak and seven outbound in the afternoon peak, with capacity for more than 3600 passengers.

To keep the upgraded Brisbane services moving, 34 more drivers have been employed and 32 new low-floor buses delivered.

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