Queensland’s peak bus industry body has commended the Department of Transport for their recent discussions with James Cook University about an overhaul of Townsville’s bus system.
According to ABC reports, part of the discussions centre on Ross River Road and will include “designated bus lanes and improvements to major and frequently-used bus stops along the route.”
The report also said the department would look at linking traffic signals with buses, so they could be given the green light at intersections if they were running late.
Executive Director of the Queensland Bus Industry Council David Tape said discussions like this are necessary for future public transport and the growing congestion impacting our cities.
“The industry has been calling for a greater focus on bus infrastructure including bus lanes for some time.”
He said that although future upgrades are not yet known, introduction of designated bus lanes with the linkage of traffic signals with buses will provide for quicker bus travel times and remove buses from the normal traffic flow.
“We must provide better quality of service to commuters and reduce traffic congestion, and a bus takes the place of approximately 50 cars,” he explained.
“Buses make up over 90 per cent of public transport in North Queensland and bus travel is an efficient, reliable and effective method of transport.”
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