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    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    TransLink integrates "three Rs" of public transport

    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Thursday, July 01, 2004

    TransLink integrates "three Rs" of public transport

    Premier Peter Beattie is urging Queenslanders to make the most of the new TransLink integrated ticketing system, which is in full swing from today.

    Mr Beattie and Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman are using the new system on their way to work this morning, taking the train from Wilston Station to Roma Street Station.

    "One hundred TransLink assistants wearing bright orange and navy caps and navy TransLink shirts will be out in force throughout the South East, helping commuters with questions about the new ticketing system," the Premier said.

    "TransLink has brought together the three Rs of our city's public transport system: roads, rail and the river.

    "From today 143 railway stations, 1500 buses and 18 ferries are in the same system.

    "That means commuters can more easily and cheaply swing from one mode of transport to another.

    "Fares will decrease for integrated journeys - 60% of travellers will save.

    "In fact the more you integrate your public transport, the more you save," Mr Beattie said.

    Cr Newman said he welcomed today's launch of the cheaper, more effective TransLink ticketing to Brisbane.

    "TransLink represents a new era of public transport, it will make catching buses, trains and CityCats cheaper and easier for most residents," Cr Newman said.

    "Brisbane is the fastest growing city in Australia, it is important that we continue to improve our public transport and road systems to meet the increasing demand from our growing population.

    "I encourage the people of Brisbane to give public transport a chance and rather than driving to work, try catching a bus, train or CityCat instead.

    "To be a smart thinking, easy living city, we need to do everything possible to create a world class public transport system and encourage people to use it," Cr Newman said.

    Mr Beattie said a daily ticket means unlimited travel on all modes of public transport within the zones on your ticket.

    "You can catch a train to work, ride a ferry at lunchtime, catch the bus home and then come back into the city for a movie at night - all on the one ticket," Cr Newman said.

    Mr Beattie said new advantages would also begin today for Queenslanders in rural and regional areas.

    "The government is investing an extra $1.3 million per year so students and Gold Card veterans in regional Queensland have access to half-price tickets," he said.

    "275,000 high school and full-time TAFE and uni students living outside Brisbane, as well as all 56,000 Gold Card veterans, will be guaranteed half-price fares in buses and trains.

    "These people have not previously been guaranteed 50% discounts.

    "Regions outside Brisbane where students and Gold Card veterans will receive half-price fares include: Bowen, Bribie Island, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Crows Nest, Gladstone, Gold Coast; Gracemere, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Innisfail, Ipswich; Lansborough, Mackay, Magnetic Is, Maleny, Maroochydore, Morayfield, Nambour; Noosa, Redcliffe, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville, Warwick, Whitsunday, Woodford, and Yeppoon," Mr Beattie said.

    Mr Beattie and Cr Newman will board the train at their local station, Wilston, and travel to Roma Street Station for a press conference on platform 4/5 (northern end).

    They will then join morning commuters for a free breakfast.

    7.30am - train departs Wilston 7.44am - train arrives platform 4, Roma St

    Media contact: Premier's office - Fiona Kennedy 0408 744 417 Lord Mayor's office - Kate Winter 3403 4299 or 0400 839 859 1 July 2004