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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    NightLink a hit with Brisbane revellers

    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    NightLink a hit with Brisbane revellers

    NightLink - Brisbane's new all-night transport services that kicked off on December 2 for a six month trial period - is proving popular with weekend revellers, Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas said today.

    The Minister said that more than 8,000 people had climbed on board the NightLink services in the first two weekends of operation.

    "Early morning trains and buses carried more than 6000 people and the special flat-fare taxi services took more than 2000 people home," Mr Lucas said.

    "In the first weekend, NightLink services proved so popular that extra buses were put on to meet demand," Mr Lucas said.

    "The trial for NightLink bus and train services will run for six months on a use-it or lose-it basis. The flat-fare cab trial will run for 12 months," Mr Lucas said.

    "The extra services will help night owls in the CBD, Fortitude Valley and the Caxton Street precinct to get home safely in the early hours," he said.

    Highlights of the NightLink package include:

    * A first for Brisbane - new personalised flat-fare maxi-cabs, so passengers heading in the same general direction can share a cab for a flat fee, which is less than a metered fare. For instance, a person can travel from the city to Camp Hill at 2am for $10 in a flat-fare maxi-cab. The standard fare at that time of the morning would be at least $21. The service operates from a dedicated rank in Elizabeth Street (near the Casino) and another in Warner Street, Fortitude Valley (behind McWhirters) * Hourly buses from 1 am to 6 am from the CBD and the Valley to Eight Mile Plains (111N), Carindale (200N), Chermside (333N), The Gap (385N), University of Queensland/St Lucia (412N), and between New Farm and West End (190N) * Trains - festive season services until Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. After that, NightLink trains leave Central on Saturday and Sunday mornings for all stations to Caboolture (3.45 am), Cleveland (3.46 am), Ipswich (3.51 am), Ferny Grove (3.55 am), Beenleigh (3.58 am) and Shorncliffe (4.01 am) * More taxi rank marshals and security guards, expanding from six ranks up to 10 for special events * Closed circuit TV cameras at priority CBD, Valley and special event taxi ranks * 57 new taxi licences * Up to 10 computerised signs and other initiatives to advise people where to find staffed taxi ranks at a particular time

    During the trial, normal TransLink fares apply to travel on NightLink bus and train services.

    Holders of valid TransLink tickets - including weekly or monthly passes - can use them to get home on the early morning bus and train services," Mr Lucas said.

    TransLink daily tickets, which normally are valid until 2 am the next day, are accepted on all NightLink services. NightLink bus services operate from special orange stops on Warner, Ann, Eagle and Adelaide Streets in the Valley and CBD. Extra bus stops for picking up passengers are located in Petrie Terrace, Paddington, South Bank, West End, New Farm and Woolloongabba.

    "NightLink bus drivers will drop off passengers anywhere along the route where it is safe to do so, bringing them closer to home, or in some cases right on their doorstep," Mr Lucas said.

    "People have the right to feel safe when they go out at night, and we have created a safer atmosphere by providing security staff at inner city stations and on board public transport services.

    "Security staff and taxi marshals are on hand to help passengers at nine clearly marked secure taxi ranks in the Valley, City and Caxton Street. Security staff are also aboard train and bus services and at bus stops in Warner St and Eagle St.

    "Queensland Transport, Citytrain, Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Taxi Council and taxi companies are all working together to provide the best taxi, bus and train services for the people of Brisbane.

    "It's a unique plan with plenty to gain. We're getting people home safely and we're doing it the best way in the world - on first-class public transport," Mr Lucas said.

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