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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    LNP tackles public transport confidence crisis

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    LNP tackles public transport confidence crisis

    Passengers lost confidence in public transport over the final months of Labor and with good reason, according to the latest TransLink report.

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the Q3 TransLink Tracker confirmed train on-time running had dropped to its lowest level in three years and affordability on trains had dropped to its lowest level ever.

    “This document underlines Labor’s trifecta of failure in rail services, with its appalling record on affordability, reliability and frequency,” Mr Emerson said.

    “Rail peak on-time running of 90 per cent was the worst result in almost three years.

    “At the same time public transport affordability dropped to 45 per cent for trains and 51 and 53 per cent for buses and ferries respectively.

    “One of the challenges for the Newman Government will be to restore confidence in our public transport network.”

    43.97 million commuter trips was 11 per cent higher than the January to March period of 2011 when flooding shut down much of the regional public transport network.

    “Patronage levels in this quarter were less than they were three years ago however, despite the on-going population growth across South East Queensland,” he said.

    “Our plan to restore confidence in our public transport network and get more people to travel on it includes improving service reliability, frequency and affordability.

    “We’ve tackled that challenge head on by introducing free trips after nine journeys. We’ll also be halving Labor’s fare hikes in 2013 and 2014.

    “In terms of frequency we are finalising plans to provide 15 minute daytime off-peak services on the Ferny Grove line.”

    Other key public transport indicators for the January to March 2012 quarter show:

    • the average fare per trip paid by customers in the quarter was $2.13
    • the average Queensland Government subsidy per trip was $6.71
    • there were a record 11 million customer enquiries to TransLink’s website and call centre

    The Q3 2011/12 TransLink Tracker and the March 2012 Queensland Rail Passenger Load Survey are available online at translink.com.au.

    [ENDS] 5 July 2012

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