Dial-a-ride public transport comes to Logan

Logan City will soon trial a new approach to public transport, offering dial-a-ride bus services for isolated locals.

Demand Responsive Transport would provide eligible commuters with the option to call or pre-book a ride online for travel to shops, transit hubs and medical facilities for the same price as a Translink fare.

Quest Newspapers has reported the dial-a-ride program would be aimed at residents in areas that were not currently served by public transport.

“This is an innovative solution to a very common problem, providing an affordable, accessible public transport option to locations where a traditional mass transit service may not be practical,” Transport Minister Jackie Trad said.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie praised the initiative and said locals needed alternatives other than using their cars.

“The suburbs of Brisbane are vast and unfortunately there are still large gaps in our public transport network,” Ms Ritchie said.

“As it stands, anyone without a car must rely on friend, taxi or Uber to make it to important medical appointments or main transport hubs and this initiative is far more cost-effective.

“We need to have an integrated public transport network and look at initiatives like this to service these more isolated suburbs.”

Locations for the initiative would be announced in coming months.