Keep transport on track: RACQ

RACQ has supported Translink and Brisbane City Council’s decision to keep buses, trains and CityCats running to normal timetables despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Brisbane Times reported the CityHopper cross-river service could stop soon due to fewer passengers, but all public transport would continue without change depending on future advice from State and Federal Health Authorities.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said accessible and affordable transport services were critical in uncertain times.

“It’s extremely important students and critical workers like hospital and supermarket staff have a reliable way to access their workplace,” Dr Michael said.

“In the event of school closures, public restrictions or transport staff shortages, it’s pleasing to see Translink has reduced timetables ready to go.

We encourage anyone using public transport to regularly check the TransLink website for service updates and follow recommended health and safety procedures, which includes implementing personal hygiene and social distancing.”

Dr Michael also renewed the Club’s calls for the cost of transport to be reduced by the State Government to offer some financial assistance.

“Queenslanders currently spend more than $800 a year to get around on public transport,” she said.

“As many people face the prospect of financial hardship, cutting transport costs is an effective way to deliver relief.”