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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    TransLink second birthday celebrations mark milestone with muffins

    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    TransLink second birthday celebrations mark milestone with muffins

    Minister Lucas today greeted morning commuters at Wynnum Central Station with muffins to celebrate a major TransLink milestone this month - its second birthday.

    The Minister was one of many MPs at rail and busway stations across the South East Queensland TransLink network joining in the early morning birthday celebrations.

    Mr Lucas told Wynnum Central commuters that South East Queensland passengers have made more than 280 million trips on TransLink services since its inception on 1 July 2004.

    "South East Queensland is leading the way in public transport growth across the country – thanks to TransLink public transport is now easier to catch than ever before.”

    "TransLink's first two years have seen record spending by this government on public transport which has paid off with an increase in public transport patronage by almost 20%,” Mr Lucas said.

    "Commuters have embraced integrated ticketing, because it allows them to travel from somewhere like Wynnum Central Station on a train and integrate trips with bus and ferry services across the south east with just one ticket.”

    Mr Lucas said integrated ticketing was just the first stage to improving public transport.

    “In March 2005 the State Government released the Draft TransLink Network Plan which commits $335 million for public transport services over the next decade.”

    "This plan represents one of the largest investments ever injected into Queensland's public transport system with a 20% increase in funding for bus services on top of the almost $600 million that the Government spends yearly on public transport," Mr Lucas said.

    Mr Lucas said TransLink has delivered significant public transport service improvements in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast with further improvements planned across the network in Redlands, Caboolture and Bribie Island.

    “In addition the State Government is making significant investments to expand Busways in Brisbane’s south, east and north and has committed funds to extend the rail network across the South East.

    "TransLink has revolutionised public transport in the South East, with more services better tuned to commuters’ needs and we will continue to work with bus operators to upgrade facilities and improve services in all areas," Mr Lucas said.

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    TransLink Background

    ·For TransLink integrated ticketing is just the first stage to improve the public transport system other initiatives over the past 2 years and into the future include:

    o$32.8million has been invested per year in public transport service improvements to introduce an extra 8.3million/km of transport services

    o$39.5million has been committed to improve bus stops, stations and park n' ride facilities over the past 2 years, with $55.5million earmarked until 08

    oMarch 06 marked the start of construction on King George Square and Roma St sections of the Inner Northern Busway, which will become the heart of the $1.9billion busway network

    oSince July 04 TransLink funded more than 119 buses for private bus operators, funded 70 new low-floor air-conditioned gas buses to replace older vehicles in the Brisbane Transport fleet and 41 buses for increased demand

    oFrom May 07, $289million worth of new train sets for the QR Citytrain network will be rolled out and $22million invested on upgrades to rail stations including disabled access improvements, park n' rides, bus interchanges and security enhancements, with $113million intended for the next 2 years

    oFree travel to major events at the Gabba and Suncorp Stadium have been introduced which has seen 80% of the crowds at events use public transport

    ·Other TransLink highlights since its inception include:

    oLaunch of the Draft TransLink Network Plan which outlines an investment of more than $335M over the next decade to boost public transport services in SEQ including annual spending of:

    ·$19M in Brisbane City

    ·$3M in Eastern Region (Redlands)

    ·$4.9M in Southern Region (Logan and Beenleigh)

    ·$2.6M in Nthrn Region (Pine Rivers, Redcliffe and Caboolture)

    ·$12.8M in Western Region (Ipswich)

    ·$5.5M on the Sunshine Coast

    ·$9.4M on the Gold Coast

    oMore than 200 different ticket types were consolidated into five core products and several operator-specific products

    oRedesigned timetables and route maps into a consistent format provide clear passenger information

    oMore than 3.7M queries were answered via the TransLink call centre during the past two years

    oThe TransLink website received more than 5.1M visits

    oTransLink produced university services guides to make it easier for students to catch public transport to their campus