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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas


    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, April 23, 2004


    An information campaign has been launched today to explain how the new public transport integrated ticketing system will work when it's introduced on July 1.

    The Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Paul Lucas, said the countdown is well underway to when TransLink comes into effect, which will mean one ticket is all that's needed to travel on trains, buses and ferries from Coolangatta to Noosa.

    "TransLink will revolutionise public transport travel in south east Queensland," Mr Lucas said.

    "This is about convenience, as you'll only need to buy one ticket to use a bus, a train, a ferry or a combination of them.

    "TransLink is also about environment wins, as making public transport more efficient and convenient for people will ultimately lead to less vehicles on our roads, and less greenhouse gas emissions."

    Mr Lucas said 2002-03 figures for current customer levels on services that will be part of TransLink included:

    * 60.5 million bus passengers * 48 million rail travellers * 3.5 million Brisbane City Council ferry passengers

    "These figures are set to grow as TransLink is expected to see a 5% increase in public transport use over the next two years," Mr Lucas said.

    Mr Lucas said today's launch of an education campaign was to give passengers information about how the system will affect them.

    "There will be 23 zones from Noosa in the north, south to Coolangatta and west to Helidon," Mr Lucas said.

    "There will be a number of different ticket products available to passengers, including singles, daily tickets, off peak dailies, weekly and monthly tickets.

    "These TransLink tickets will let you reach your destination by bus, train or BCC ferry within the zones printed on the ticket."

    Mr Lucas said the new system would initially use paper tickets, with smartcards and smartcard machines being progressively rolled out throughout south east Queensland from 2005 to 2006.

    "From today, people can get information on TransLink through a series of brochures, a website and an Information Bus that is visiting key transport hubs around south east Queensland," Mr Lucas said.

    "These brochures are available from public transport operators, local councils, Queensland Transport Customer Service Centres and at

    "Next month, we'll announce the new fares structure and Queensland Transport will publish a comprehensive public transport directory with the new zones and fare information.

    "Regional brochures will also be available with route maps and fares."

    Mr Lucas said integrated ticketing, coordination of services and improved transport infrastructure will be major drivers to increasing the number of public transport users.

    "In addition, the Beattie Government is also spending around $450 million over the next few years on infrastructure and new services, including upgrading the Citytrain network, upgrading bus and train infrastructure, and building new park and ride facilities," Mr Lucas said. Media contact - Alison Smith 3237 1497 / 0407 166 084 or Mark Strong 3237 1942