QLD school routes revised


Queensland students may find their school bus service has changed as they return to school

Some school bus routes have changed in Queensland and parents are advised to check to see if their children’s service is affected.

School starts back for many this week, and an unprecedented 100,000 Queensland students are expected to catch public transport to school this year.

"It is a busy time for our bus operators, more than 500 across the state, who work hard to help students get to and from school safely each day," TransLink spokesperson Miguel Holland says.

"Parents can check whether their bus route had changed by contacting their school bus operator or by checking the TransLink website."

School bus runs are reviewed at the start of every year and Translink works with bus operators to ensure the needs of students are met, particularly in areas experiencing rapid housing growth and school enrolments.

"Changes to school bus routes are made based on a number of factors, including enrolment numbers and bus operators continue to monitor and modify service levels as we get a clearer picture of patronage," Holland says.

Parents are also asked to check the validity of their child’s go card, especially those with children who recently turned 15.

"We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the many benefits of travelling with a go card," Holland says.

"Children aged five to 14 years can travel with a child go card, while secondary students aged 15 years or older, need to apply for a concession go card."

Go card’s should also be registered online so that if it is lost or stolen, the balance is protected and can be transferred to a new card. 

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