New buses to super-size popular routes

Some of Brisbane’s busiest bus routes will be super-sized thanks to 20 new high-capacity buses added to Australia’s most modern fleet.

Deputy Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner said Council was committed to helping residents get home quicker and safer, and would start rolling out the new buses from next week.

“Brisbane is home to the most modern bus fleet in the country, and we are committed to continuing to improve our services to provide more buses for the suburbs and fewer cars on the roads,” Cr Schrinner said.

Cr Schrinner said Brisbane already had approximately 1,200 fully-accessible buses including 30 high-capacity buses.

“From next week, we will begin rolling out the first of 20 additional super-sized buses to cater for popular routes across the city,” he said.

“Around 76 million passenger trips are taken on Brisbane buses each year, and these new buses will provide more options for residents travelling on our world-class bus fleet.”

Cr Schrinner said high-capacity buses had operated in Brisbane for nearly 40 years and the new buses would allow up to 2,320 additional passengers to travel on popular Brisbane routes.

“Some of Brisbane’s busiest bus routes include routes 66, 111, 139 and 169, which will soon benefit from the new high-capacity buses,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Regular Brisbane buses currently carry less than 80 passengers however these new high-capacity buses will allow up to 116 more passengers per trip.

“Council is always reviewing Brisbane’s bus network and recently extended the popular Maroon CityGlider route to Coorparoo, providing a direct route from the recently opened Coorparoo Square entertainment precinct, the CBD and the inner west suburbs.

“More than 1.2 million passengers take advantage of the high-frequency glider every year, and this extension will now save commuters a 13-minute walk from Langlands Park, where the service previously terminated, to Coorparoo Square.”

For more information on Brisbane buses, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888. Information on bust timetables is available at www.translink.com.au.