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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas


    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, July 15, 2005


    TransLink is celebrating a major milestone - its first birthday. Transport Minister Paul Lucas said since TransLink's introduction in July last year, public transport in South East Queensland is easier to catch than ever before.

    TransLink provides one single public transport network covering SEQ from Gympie North / Noosa to Coolangatta and west to Helidon.

    Mr Lucas said TransLink's first 12 months has seen record spending by the government on public transport and an increase in public transport patronage by 9.5%.

    The Minister said TransLink also brought real benefits to bus operators with patronage increases including:

    * Brisbane Transport 11.8% * Caboolture Bus Lines 194.2% * Sunshine Coast Sunbus 34.6% * Surfside Gold Coast 16.63% * Westside Ipswich 66.7%

    "South East Queenslanders have embraced integrated ticketing, with an extra 11.8 million passengers since the introduction of TransLink. Our first 12 months has surpassed expectations," Mr Lucas said.

    "In the past 12 months the Beattie Government has invested $13.1 million in public transport service improvements to introduce an extra 4.2 million kilometres of transport services.

    "Our commitment to improving public transport includes more than $11 million spent to improve bus stops, stations and park n' ride facilities.

    "TransLink has also purchased more than 69 additional buses for private bus operators across SEQ, with another 76 to come on line in the next six months."

    Other highlights include:

    * Launch of the Draft TransLink Network Plan which outlines an investment of more than $335 million over the next decade to boost public transport services in SEQ including annual spending of: o $18 million in Brisbane City o $1.4 million in Eastern Region (Redlands) o $1.9 million in Southern Region (Logan and Beenleigh) o $2.4 million in Northern Region (Pine Rivers, Redcliffe and Caboolture) o $1.8 million in Western Region (Ipswich) o $5.5 million on the Sunshine Coast o $7.9 million on the Gold Coast * More than 200 different ticket types were consolidated into five core products and several operator-specific products * More than 1.7 million queries were answered via the TransInfo call centre * The TransLink website received more than 1.7 million hits * Implemented the first system-wide public transport advertising campaign in SEQ - the award-winning 'easy to catch' campaign

    "And, there's more to come next year including the delivery of the $136 million smartcard system," Mr Lucas said.

    "A further $25 million will be spent on station upgrades, bus stop improvements and other minor infrastructure works in addition to major projects identified in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program.

    "$16.3 million in additional service improvements will also be introduced in the coming year," Mr Lucas said.

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