Public transport authority would help Park’n’Ride woes

The State’s peak motoring body has renewed calls for an integrated public transport authority, after it was revealed that some Park’n’Ride facilities in Brisbane’s south east were underused after being moved from Brisbane to Redlands City Council’s bus contract area.

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Quest Newspapers reported the Sleeman Centre Park’n’Ride on Old Cleveland Road at Chandler, was located in Brisbane City but operated by Redlands and empty while many other Park’n’Ride stops were bursting at the seams.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said TransLink needed to negotiate with current contract holders to allow for an overlap in the service area to improve Park’n’Ride utilisation, public transport connectivity, and patronage.

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“SEQ councils, bus operators, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads need to improve how they coordinate infrastructure projects and transport services across the region, not just within each council area,” Dr Michael said.

“Commuters don’t see the invisible boundaries, so government must overcome them if they are to deliver high quality, attractive services.”

Dr Michael said this issue was an example of why the Queensland Government needed to reform how the public transport system was administered across the State.

“We continue to urge the State Government to establish an integrated public transport authority to administer the delivery of all public transport services in Queensland,” Dr Michael said.

“This authority should have the capability to reform the bus network, and improve bus and train coordination and frequencies.”