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    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    77 in Clem 7 crosses north-south divide

    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Monday, March 01, 2010

    77 in Clem 7 crosses north-south divide

    Brisbane bus commuters will soon be able to travel under Brisbane with the touch of a go card.

    Transport Minister Rachel Nolan today announced that route 77, the first bus route in the CLEM7 tunnel, was expected to shave about 20 minutes off a 30km cross-city journey between the northside and southside of Brisbane from next month.

    Ms Nolan said it would provide a same-seat journey across town linking Eight Mile Plains to Chermside in 39 minutes compared to a journey via the CBD of up to 55 minutes.

    The Minister said the $1.6 million route 77 would provide an additional 18,615 seats a week and run every 15 minutes in peak times and every 30 minutes in off-peak, Monday to Friday.

    “Buses on route 77 will run along the South East Busway servicing Eight Mile plains, Garden City, Griffith University Holland Park West, Greenslopes and Buranda Busway stations before entering the tunnel,” Ms Nolan said.

    “Buses will surface on Bowen Bridge Road and travel to Chermside with the first stop at Windsor rail then at Lutwyche, Kedron and Kedron North stops.

    “Currently, commuters travelling from Eight Mile Plains to Chermside have to catch a 111 bus to the Cultural Centre and transfer to a 333 that runs through the city.

    “Students will be easily able to access Griffith University Busway station and access The University of Queensland at Buranda Busway station onto routes 139 and 169,” Ms Nolan said.

    “Route 77 will also benefit cross-city commuters who work around Garden City, Chermside, Lutwyche Shopping Centre, Kedron Emergency Services and Griffith University.

    “In the future, Route 77 will also provide an important connection at Buranda for the Eastern Busway and also for the Northern Busway and its expansion to Kedron.”

    Ms Nolan said seven new air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, environmentally friendly buses would be used on the toll-exempt 77 route.

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