Media release 14th SeptemberSEQ: Will the BaT fly?
RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org
) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has said there is growing concern with the lack of detailed public information on operational aspects of the Bus and Train (BaT) tunnel.
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"Our members have attended consultation sessions for the BaT. They have expressed concerns with the lack of detailed operational information on how this tunnel will work, particularly the bus aspects."
"From the outset there has been concerns from transport planners that the concept is flawed (1)."
"These concerns are not being addressed. What future proofing is there for the bus component? Clearly single unit buses will not be able to meet the eventual passenger demands. This is a once in a generation opportunity and to paralyse future transport options for Brisbane and south-east Queensland on political whimsy is seriously flawed."
"Brisbane bus issues can be fixed by implementing proper network review, and establishing proper bus priority on the surface network. Why waste billions of dollars?"
"If the BaT goes ahead as it is seem to be planned for, the end point will be a conga line of buses in the bus component similar to the Victoria Bridge bus conga lines. Really, is this getting anywhere for the longer term?"
"Eventually electric bi-artic buses, or even a rubber tyred metro system will need to operate in the bus component of the tunnel to handle the pax loads. This means there be multiple transfers for bus passengers, the bus network will be forced to operate as a trunk and feeder model. Meanwhile, rail passengers will have seamless rides into the new underground stations."
"A serious question is: Why is there no combined bus and train tunnel anywhere in the world?"
"The answer is obvious. No other jurisdiction has been as stupid as Queensland appears to be."
"Questions on the planned operational aspects need comprehensive and detailed explanations before wasting billions of dollars!"
1. Bus and rail tunnel all show and no substance: transport experthttp://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/bus-and-rail-tunnel-all-show-and-no-substance-transport-expert-20131118-2xrab.html#ixzz3DDY3F0p7
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