QLD bus leads the way

Bus moves twice as many people as rail despite limited investment in South East Queensland

The Queensland bus industry is calling for a boost to bus infrastructure, with new figures showing bus travel as the most popular option for commuters in the state.

Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) patronage figures for the 2014 and 2015 financial year show 64 per cent of total public transport patronage in South East Queensland was by bus, more than twice the patronage of rail.

Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) executive director David Tape believes the figures don’t lie and highlight the urgent need for new bus infrastructure, especially with the rapid growth of Brisbane’s outlying suburban regions.

"Buses enjoy a near 65 per cent of transport market share in the south-east corner and continues to prove to be the most effective and reliable form of passenger commute," he says.

"Our internal research shows demand will continue to grow, so we must put the infrastructure in place now."

Tape says bus priority measures and improvements on the current reach and capacity of the bus network must be made as a matter of critical importance.

"Dedicated bus lanes and priority signalling at congested intersections are imperative while more services are urgently needed, and we call on all forms of government to ensure improving bus networks remains high on their agenda".

The best way to combat congestion, Tape says, is to encourage more people onto public transport.

"As a congestion-buster nothing beats catching a bus, because for every single bus service, at least 50 fewer cars are on the road."

DTMR figures show buses accounted for 113.6 million trips in south-east Queensland in the last year, but report a slight drop in numbers in the Gold Coast region due to the new light-rail service.

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