Emerson boasts 1.4 percent patronage boost


Bus patronage in Queensland has increased 640,000 trips in the past three months, according to government figures

October 16, 2012

Bus patronage in Queensland has increased 640,000 trips in the past three months, according to government figures.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says in the July-September quarter, there were 47.13 million trips on public transport across south east Queensland – up from 46.51 million the previous year.

"This increase of almost 1.4 per cent is an encouraging start but there is a lot of work yet to be done," he says.

Emerson says people have started to return to public transport due to initiatives such as the free travel offered after nine journeys in a week, and more than 2,000 additional weekly bus services.

Emerson says recent budget announcements, including $1.6 billion earmarked for public transport, have also boosted patronage.

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