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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    New agency to introduce integrated ticketing

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Thursday, June 05, 2003

    New agency to introduce integrated ticketing

    A new agency within Queensland Transport - TransLink - will steer the way forward for smartcard integrated ticketing in South East Queensland, Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said today.

    In announcing TransLink's $21.4 million State budget allocation, Mr Bredhauer said the agency would introduce and coordinate the integrated public transport system, in partnership with the Brisbane City Council, private operators and Queensland Rail.

    He said smartcard technology would be progressively introduced from mid-2004 to cover the new fares and zones, as initial paper-based products were phased out.

    He said a preferred tenderer to develop the smartcard technology had been selected, and negotiations were ongoing.

    Mr Bredhauer said: "Contract negotiations with public transport operators in South East Queensland are also well underway.

    "TransLink's integrated ticketing will reduce the complexity of the public transport system and blur the lines between operators by introducing common fares, zones, concessions and ticket types.

    "Under the new system, passengers will be able to travel by bus, train and Brisbane City Council ferry using just one ticket regardless of the service used, or the combination of services used.

    "The new system will be based on a zonal structure that extends from Noosa to Coolangatta and west to Helidon."

    Queensland is quickly establishing world-class public transport infrastructure and services, through projects such as integrated ticketing and the South East Busway.

    Mr Bredhauer said overwhelming enthusiasm for Busway services proved that if good public transport infrastructure was provided, then people would choose those services over the private car.

    "The Queensland Government is committed to providing infrastructure and services which will improve public transport, encourage patronage and save our environment," he said.

    "The introduction of an effective and efficient integrated ticketing system is vital in realising that commitment."

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