The Honourable Peter Beattie
Integrated ticketing to revolutionise public transport
The Honourable Peter Beattie
Monday, June 10, 2002
Integrated ticketing to revolutionise public transportThe State Government is set to revolutionise public transport in South-East Queensland by introducing a new integrated ticketing system by the middle of 2004.
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said the new ticketing system would incorporate state-of-the-art 'smart card' technology, something that is not available in any Australian city at the moment.
"We will lead the country with a system that is truly world-class," Mr Beattie said.
"Queensland will phase in the use of a 'smart card'. This will initially occur in parallel with an integrated paper-based ticketing system which will be phased out as the 'smart card' is fully implemented.
"We are looking at a similar system to the one operating in Hong Kong.
"We are close to the cutting edge. London and Singapore are rolling out 'smart card' integrated ticketing now, while Rome is in the process of adopting it."
Mr Beattie said the Queensland Government was presently evaluating the bids of two tenderers and should be in a position to announce the winning bid within a couple of months.
"Implementing integrated ticketing in South East Queensland is a very complex task, but we are delivering where other Government's have failed.
"In South East Queensland there are 18 public transport operators selling over 100 different ticketing products - charging different levels of fares and concessions based on either distance travelled, station to station, or zones.
"Our integrated ticketing system will feature a simple zonal system that will integrate bus, train and ferry services, and provide standardised fares and concessions.
"From mid-2004 all operators will charge the same fares and concessions using the same set of ticketing products," Mr Beattie said.
Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer said the network would operate over one of the largest areas of any system in the world - covering an area from Coolangatta north to Noosa and West to Helidon.
"This will be the biggest step forward for public transport for a generation," Mr Bredhauer said.
"We expect integrated ticketing to be a major driver in growth in public transport for the next ten years.
"The State Government has invested heavily to improve transport infrastructure and encourage people to use public transport.
"The South-East busway is just one example of our determination to provide speedy, efficient public transport that encourages people to leave their cars at home.
"Every full bus means 40 less cars on our roads. We aim to make public transport affordable, accessible, and a genuinely attractive alternative to the car.
"The lack of integration between the different transport modes has been a key factor limiting growth in public transport.
"Integrated ticketing will help us meet our targets identified in the IRTP (the integrated regional transport plan) and Transport 2007, our major planning documents.
"The new integrated ticketing system will speed up boarding times, result in faster bus journeys and make travelling simpler and easier for passengers.
"Queensland Transport has been enormously assisted throughout the planning stages by the Brisbane City Council, QR, and all of the private operators in South East Queensland," Mr Bredhauer said.
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