Public transport authority would help bus overcrowding

RACQ has renewed calls for one overarching body to oversee public transport in south east Queensland to drive a solution to overcrowding, availability and accessibility issues on Brisbane’s buses, trains and ferries.

The Brisbane Times reported more than 3000 bus services across three of Brisbane’s busiest bus routes had been at capacity and forced to skip stops in the past 12 months.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the current process for planning and delivering public transport in Queensland was holding the State back.

“Obviously, and understandably, passengers are frustrated at being left behind,” Dr Michael said.

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“Currently we have a complicated arrangement of operators without an overarching body looking after our trains, buses, ferries and CityCats and ironically it means it’s a case of ‘never do the two trains meet’. They aren’t talking well enough together for commuters to get one streamlined journey to and from home.

“Brisbane residents tell us the most common reasons they avoid public transport are because of multiple transfers and poor timetables.

“The current system isn’t working and is preventing us from having a reliable and effective public transport system that meets Queenslander’s transport needs and helps us reduce congestion.”

Dr Michael called on the State Government and major delivery stakeholders like Brisbane Transport and Brisbane City Council to implement an Integrated Public Transport Authority immediately.

“The longer it takes to fix the network, the more people will turn to using their cars and congestion will only get worse,” she said.

“As we’ve seen with Brisbane Metro the politics of various government bodies is getting in the way of delivering good public transport outcomes.  While we wait for Brisbane Metro’s delivery we need the State Government and Council to work together to alleviate the overcrowding and broader issues on the existing network.”