Started by ozbob, April 29, 2012, 16:06:50 PM
Quote from: Simon on April 29, 2012, 19:57:37 PMRunning more often than the train line is somewhat interesting.
Quote from: Simon on April 29, 2012, 21:15:38 PMI was referring to the 255 which had the opposite situation.
Quote from: ozbob on April 27, 2012, 03:28:54 AMMedia release 27 April 2012SEQ: Brisbane Transport should be removed from Brisbane City Council?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 called for Brisbane Transport to be removed from the Brisbane City Council and uploaded to the State Government.Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:"The state already owns the buses that Brisbane Transport uses through a lease-back agreement with Queensland Treasury and it already funds the operation of services through TransLink. No other council in Australia acts as a public transport operator, funder, network planner and beneficiary. In 2004, TransLink was created to perform the network planning functions, so we can't really see why Brisbane Transport needs to continue these functions or invent its own services.""This conflict of multiple interests has also caused a bizarre situation where Brisbane City Council actively denies that it has a role in network planning or or delivery of new services (despite employing network planning officers) and then, contrary to it's own words, announces The Maroon CityGlider, which upon close analysis adds no new areas of high frequency mobility to the network that doesn't already have it. And of course it doesn't - TransLink didn't plan it, Brisbane City Council did!""Brisbane City Council's own words appear to contradict their own actions. Why is it that the Lord Mayor's campaign team is telling people that 'bus routes and frequency are handled by the State Government' while, in total contradiction, it announces a high frequency Maroon CityGlider and not only that, but also a City to Suburbs bus tunnel in the CBD, of which it pre-determines the mode, has no funding nor authority to construct, let alone alter TransLink's bus routes to use it. It is remarkable that something as wasteful as Maroon CityGliders is allowed to be funded, at a time when we pay some of the highest fares in the world, some of the highest subsidies in the world and residents within the three key public transport blackout 'no go zones' actively petition TransLink as they languish with worst-class services. Just ask the residents of Bulimba, Centenary and the Northwest!""We think the best thing to happen to Brisbane Transport is that it is separated from Brisbane City Council, and uploaded to the State Government. One option would be to merge it with TransLink and use 'ring-fencing' or other forms of corporate division to separate it from TransLink's management arms. A precedent for this model exists in Perth, Western Australia, where TransPerth contracts TransPerth trains internally to provide train services. It would also mean that new route planning would be much faster because there would be no need for TransLink network planners to talk to Brisbane Transport network planners, it would just be one, in-house, integrated operation. This is important as Brisbane's bus network needs to be recast around a Core Frequent Network (1).""This transfer could occur in stages, with all network planning being incorporated into TransLink first, followed by operations. This would allow Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to accept his own offer to takeover Brisbane Transport from the Brisbane City Council (2,3).""The public has had enough of the games. It is time to move forward with a proper public transport system, with network planning and connectivity to maximise the use and return from public transport. Please move forward from the present mediocrity."References:Re: 25 Apr 2012: Brisbane: Council Elections 2012: More buses, more often! http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=8211.msg96110#msg96110SEQ: Brisbane Transport buses and ferries ripe for state takeover http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=4715Lord Mayor Campbell Newman wants State Government to run buses http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/campbell-newman-wants-state-government-to-run-buses/story-e6freoof-1225839337936Contact:Robert DowAdministrationadmin@backontrack.orgRAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
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