Public transport in 'death spiral' in SEQ, says advocate

PUBLIC transport is in a 'death spiral in south-east Queensland because of rising fares which have resulted in the worst quarter for patronage in five years.

RAIL Back On Track (, a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers, says Queensland is in an affordability crisis.

"We have just had the worst quarter this year for public transport patronage for over 5 years,'' spokesman Robert Dow said.

"The inefficient network design and refusal to make proper changes to the bus network have caused a cost explosion at Brisbane Transport.

"This pushes up fares across all modes because TransLink must charge uniform prices across all modes of travel.

"Trains are worst affected because not only are buses competing with trains for passengers, but the low frequency of trains means cost increases have an even greater impact on passengers to leave the system."

"Even Brisbane's Lord Mayor says the situation now is 'not sustainable'."

"Embarrassingly, Perth trains now carry more passengers than Queensland Rail does.

"Their trains are cheaper and twice as frequent as those in South East Queensland. Ironically, they run identical trains to those used by QR. TransPerth's cost recovery is also better."

"The BCC Bus Review refuses to address any of the major systemic issues with the BT bus network.

"Indeed, their latest review proposes international worst practice such as non-clockface, impossible-to-remember 50 minute timetables on some routes.''


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