More than 400 extra bus services and three routes have been added on the Sunshine Coast
“Buses enjoy 65 per cent of public transport market share in the south-east corner”
More than 400 additional bus services and three new routes have been rolled out on the Sunshine Coast by TransLink recently.
Queensland Bus Industry Council ( QBIC) executive director David Tape welcomes the announcement of increased bus services on the Sunshine Coast, which he says is a step in the right direction for commuters.
There has been a lack of investment in bus infrastructure for decades and, according to Tape, it will take an intentional effort to correct past mistakes.
“Any investment that grows our public transport network and provides greater accessibility and choice for passengers will be welcomed by both locals and the industry,” Tape says.
“In this case, these services provide essential transport to the new medical facilities.”
Tape also took the opportunity to remind the Queensland Government that buses are the primary public transport choice for the majority of Queenslanders and must be a priority in any planning.
“Buses enjoy 65 per cent of public transport market share in the south- east corner and continue to be the most effective and reliable form of passenger transportation.
“Continued investment by the Palaszczuk government is a must to reduce traffic congestion on our road networks and to move people quicker and smarter,” he says.
Former Queensland Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe says new bus services will connect staff, students and patients with the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
“The Queensland Government is moving to put extra bus services in place ahead of the opening of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital in April, with staff already on site and students preparing for first semester,” he says.
“New bus routes, additional services and later operating hours mean better public transport connections from key locations across the Sunshine Coast to the region’s soon-to-be-opened University Hospital.”
TransLink’s Sunshine Coast network improvements include increasing the frequency of the Maroochydore to the hospital service to every 30 minutes on weekdays. Other measures include the introduction of a brand new Nambour local loop and Nambour to Palmwoods loop routes.
“I’m delighted that the improvements to TransLink’s Sunshine Coast bus network have been built by passengers for passengers,” Hinchliffe says.
“The Sunshine Coast network has been reshaped by TransLink with the results of recent community surveys to help deliver better services for growing communities such as Woombye and eastern Burnside.
“More morning and evening services have been added to the timetable, averaging over 400 across the week, with direct routes to the new hospital from Maroochydore, Kawana, Caloundra and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Left: Former Queensland Minister for Transport and Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe