The announcement by State Transport Minister Jackie Trad of an extension to the Eastern Busway should be supported by Federal Government funding and started at the earliest opportunity, according to the state’s bus industry.
In welcoming the announcement, Executive Director of the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) David Tape said investment in infrastructure helps future proof the liveability of our cities by reducing congestion and travel times for passengers.
“In 2013/14 there were 188.33 million passenger trips on bus, rail and ferry across Queensland, and over 67 per cent of the trips in the south east corner were on bus,” Mr Tape explained.
“One bus can take up to 50 cars off our roads.”
He said more bus transport infrastructure is needed across South East Queensland, and the State Government is on the right track in announcing their intention to extend the Eastern Busway underneath the old Myer site at Coorparoo and provide a dedicated bus lane on Old Cleveland Road between Buranda and Capalaba.
“This is the beginning of what QBIC hopes is a renewed focus on the future of transport, and we are encourage by the minister’s determination not to accept ‘no’ from the Federal Government.”
QBIC recently launched its ‘Moving People Queensland’ plan which calls for the State Government to actively pursue policy directions which will deliver four critical infrastructure objectives, including a ‘Busway’ expansion plan and dedicated bus lanes on high frequency routes.
Mr Tape said a more efficient, effective and environmentally responsible passenger transport system will bring huge benefits to the state.
“We applaud any effort to recognise the major role of bus transportation and to have a futuristic approach.”
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