More than 400 ex­tra bus ser­vices and three routes have been added on the Sun­shine Coast

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“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

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