Media release 25th January 2016SEQ: Time for the Brisbane bus revolution!
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 it is time that Brisbane's bus network was reformed. (1).
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"Public transport must be fast, direct and frequent. The present Brisbane bus network is based on a direct service model that embeds poor service, poor frequency, poor connections, legacy routing and is becoming unaffordable. Other operators are treated as 'competitors' by BCC rather than as team players in an integrated network."
"Many jurisdictions such as Auckland, Houston and Hobart have moved on with public transport network reform, delivering much better networks with more frequent service and significant patronage gains."
"In 2013, TransLink acting on Government direction, with the support of Transport Consultants, proposed a proper reform of the Brisbane Bus Network. This review was not proceeded with as the then State Government lacked the resolve to do what was right in the end. What has changed since then? A token bus review done by BCC has just further compounded network failures. There has also been an impact on regions outside Brisbane as cuts to services and spans, the consequence of BCC's intransigence. Hardly equitable or decent is it? Band-aids on festering wounds just leads to rampant disease!"
"The forthcoming Council Elections provides an opportunity for all candidates to articulate clear policies for public transport reform, particularly for Brisbane's ailing bus network."
"There is an excellent local example of how network reform benefits us all. It is the Gold Coast. Network reform has delivered frequent, connected bus routes to the light rail and has delivered patronage gains of over 20%. There are lessons there for Brisbane. Passengers will transfer on a connected network. It is how real frequency and excellent service is generated."
1. Brisbane - bus network proposal http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=11047.0
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org