Council delivers breath of cool air on Brisbane buses
11 January, 2012
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced 100 per cent of Brisbane City Council’s bus fleet is air-conditioned from today; guaranteeing commuters a comfortable ride over summer no matter which bus they catch.
Public and Active Transport Chairman Julian Simmonds said the delivery of a completely air-conditioned bus fleet from today was a further part of Council’s commitment to making public transport greener, sustainable and more accessible.
“When our administration was elected just 37 per cent of buses were air-conditioned but our goal of making public transport more comfortable and appealing for residents has seen this number soar to the full 100 per cent,” he said.
“Brisbane now has more than 1100 Council buses in operation catering for more than 78 million passengers a year, and now every one of them will be able to travel in comfort during our hot and humid summers.
“We’re making Brisbane Australia’s most clean and green city which is why Council’s new buses are fitted with the most environmentally friendly air-conditioning systems available on the Australian market.
“The air-conditioning units are pre-set at temperatures that are cool in the summer and warm in the winter, ensuring the comfort of passengers throughout all seasons,” he said.
Cr Simmonds said Council had delivered more than 480 buses in the past four years as part of Council’s ongoing commitment to improving Brisbane’s public transport, and was in reach their target of 500 in 2012.
“Our administration is well on the way to delivering our election promise of an additional 500 buses by March 2012 to support the city’s growth and contribute to an accessible, connected, cleaner and greener city,” he said.
“It’s all part of our plan to increase the capacity of our bus network and encourage people to get out of their cars, reducing congestion and pollution to Brisbane’s local suburbs.
Since 2009, Council has also delivered a new bus factory at Eagle Farm and a state-of-the-art bus depot at Willawong to support the growth in services.
In addition, an expansion of the Garden City bus depot and a new two depot at Sherwood is currently underway.
The new buses have been delivered in partnership with the TransLink Transit Authority.
Improvement works start on busy Mt Coot-tha intersection
Deputy Mayor Councillor Adrian Schrinner is increasing safety for city motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, with a $1.5 million project kicking off this month to upgrade the Mt Coot-tha Road and Scenic Drive intersection.