Package worth 62,000 seats


Brisbane’s expanding southern suburbs will be allocated 62,000 extra bus seats from Monday

October 27, 2011

Brisbane's southern suburbs will get more buses as part of a package delivering two high frequency bus routes starting next week.

Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says the bus package, worth more than four million dollars, would add 62,000 new weekly seats from October 31.

Palaszczuk says an extra 680 weekly services would be added to route 100, Forest Lake to Brisbane’s CBD, and another 534 new weekly off-peak services for route 180, Garden City to the CBD.

"We know people along these routes want to catch the bus and we want to make it as easy as possible for them," says Palaszczuk.

She says high frequency routes meant ‘you can throw out the timetable’ by turning up and boarding a bus.

"People in the city have been enjoying these high frequency services and now so can people in the south west," Palaszczuk says.

"High frequency routes run at least every 10 minutes in peak and every 15 minutes off-peak between 6am and 11pm."

She says Route 100 provides a link for residents in outer suburban Forest Lake, Durack and Inala.

"This will substantially boost off-peak services and connections with the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the South East Busway," Palaszczuk says.

"The route 180 upgrade includes a boost to off-peak services which will benefit residents of Mansfield and Holland Park."

She says the upgrade will expand operating hours across weekends and provide high frequency services for staff and students of the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE at Mount Gravatt for the first time.

Palaszczuk says the bus package followed the 103,590 weekly seats added to the network via the Eastern Busway and corridor in August.

She says the Queensland Government had added more than 600,000 new weekly seats to the TransLink network in the last two years.

New timetables and details of the upcoming bus package are available at www.translink.com.au.

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