Brisbane City Council buses carried 7.4 million passengers in March 2011 – about 250,000 more than the year before.
Public and Active Transport Chairman Julian Simmonds said this followed on from record growth in 2009/10, which saw 77 million passengers catch Brisbane buses last year.
Cr Simmonds said 7,404,743 passengers caught a Brisbane Transport bus in March 2011.
He said that was an increase of 257,489 passengers on the 7,147,254 passengers recorded in March 2010, resulting in a year-on-year increase of about 3.6 per cent.
Cr Simmonds linked the increase to the administration’s record investment in public transport, which included putting 337 new buses on the road in its first term and 500 this term.
“Brisbane now has over 1100 buses in operation thanks to our unwavering commitment to improving the city’s public transport. As a result we’ve seen patronage skyrocket from 48 million to 77 million since 2004,” Cr Simmonds said.
“Brisbane City Council buses are so popular that they’re now consistently carrying more passengers than the entire Southeast Queensland CityTrain network.
“The number of air-conditioned buses in Council’s fleet has increased from 36 per cent to about 90 per cent since 2004 as a direct result of our record investment.”
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