Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is continuing to modernise Brisbane’s public transport infrastructure as part of a $228 million investment into public transport and bikeway initiatives in his 2015-16 Budget.
Cr Quirk said the sustained level of investment in public transport demonstrated his Council’s ongoing commitment to providing a high standard of public and active transport services and infrastructure for residents and visitors to Brisbane.
“Already we have the most modern bus fleet in Australia and the first fleet that is fully wheelchair accessible. For Australia’s second-largest bus fleet, this is an extraordinary feat,” he said.
“We will continue to improve the wheelchair and mobility-aid accessibility of Brisbane’s bus network with a $7.6 million project to upgrade the city’s network of bus stops.
“Council will also undertake a trial of dedicated priority seating at CBD bus stops to make these bus stops more accessible for passengers who are elderly, people with a disability, pregnant women and parents with small children.
“As the only City Council in Australia that runs public transport, we will also continue our commitment to the bus and ferry network with a $114 million investment in the Budget.”
Cr Quirk said that following the successful $100 million revamp of the ferry network, with 11 new or upgraded terminals during the 2014-15 financial year, further upgrades would be undertaken as part of the 2015-16 Budget.
“In my Budget I am committing $5.8 million for minor upgrade works at other Brisbane ferry terminals to improve their accessibility,” he said.
“We are also undertaking a $1.1 million program to re-life Council’s eight first-generation
CityCats, with both internal and external revitalisation works.
“This will extend the working life of these catamarans by a further 10 years, on top of almost two decades already served and increase their passenger capacity, replace engines and seating, as well as replace electrical components with newer systems.
“As part of this refurbishment Council will be honouring several of our city’s great sporting teams, with unique once-off skins designed in the teams’ colours.
“The new, vibrant designs will depict teams such as the Queensland Bulls, Brisbane Broncos,
Queensland Firebirds, Queensland Reds, Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Roar, and the Brisbane International Tennis event.”
Cr Quirk said he would also continue his record funding for new cycling paths in his Budget.
“As part of my commitment to deliver $120 million over four years into the Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program, $31 million has been allocated in my 2015-16 Budget for new off-road and on-road cycling paths.
“The number of cyclists in Brisbane continues to grow at 8 per cent each year and my continued investment, which is the largest of any Council in Australia, will deliver even more cycling connectivity and better cycling safety for all road users.”