Media release 5th October 2015Bus Reform: Gold Coast already doing what Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says can't be done
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 calls on Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to reform the Brisbane bus network.
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"There are now multiple Gold Coast bus services that run between train and tram stations, requiring passengers to connect. It's a direct contradiction of what Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Brisbane City Councillors continually say isn't possible in Brisbane."
Examples on the Gold Coast include:
704 (Helensvale - Seaworld via Southport)
709 (Helensvale Station-Southport LRT)
745 (Nerang Station - Broadbeach LRT)
740 (Nerang Station- Surfers Paradise)
750 (Robina station - Bond University - Broadbeach LRT)
"Despite all of these bus services running between train stations and tram stations, 'forcing' connections, Gold Coast bus patronage has increased. And it has done so in the same high-fares environment Brisbane City Council buses operate in. Brisbane does not have light rail, but it does have busways and train stations that could serve the same purpose.
"International cities have a similar approach, notably Vancouver (Canada) and Toronto (Canada). And more recently, Auckland (NZ) and Houston (USA) have done entire network redesigns, also adopting this approach.
"Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Brisbane City Council are simply wrong on bus reform. They're wrong. And they know it because their own Lord Mayor's Mass Transit Report told them so.
"How far will Deputy Premier Jackie Trad let patronage plunge before there is action? 5 million? 10 million? total ruin?
"The Lord Mayor and Brisbane City Council should stop obstructing bus reform. Fix the bus black-hole areas in Yeronga, Bulimba, Albany Creek and the Centenary suburbs. Introduce a new BulimbaGlider to Bulimba, and a CentenaryGlider to the Centenary suburbs."
Our New Bus Network Proposal shows how it can be done ---> http://tiny.cc/newnetwork
"Only genuine reform of rail and bus networks, together with fare reform will guarantee abundant and low-cost public transport for all."TransLink Bus Route 740. Passengers interchange at both ends of this service.
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
References:Bus Route 704http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/20140721-704.pdfBus Route 709http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/20140721-709.pdfBus Route 740http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/20140721-740.pdfBus Route 745http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/20140721-745.pdfBus Route 750http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/20140721-750,N750.pdf