- Thursday 04 November 2010
Sunshine Coast Council has reached a major milestone on its Boreen Point to Tewantin Flexilink route, recording the 1000th passenger since the Flexilink program expanded to include seven new services.
Flexilink passenger Gail McBurney said council had given her a month’s free travel after being selected as the 1000th customer to use the service.
“Flexilink is the best thing since sliced bread as it suits my travel purposes perfectly—it’s affordable and convenient” Ms McBurney said.
“I use the service at least three times a week, sometimes up to five times as I generally travel both ways to work.”
Flexilink services are an initiative of Councils Public Transport Levy connecting communities with fewer transport options to existing bus services and local townships
Flexilink services operate similarly to a bus as they follow a designated route but must be pre booked. Council is extending its Flexilink Taxi trial into the next financial year, bridging the gap in public transport links across the Coast.
The seven Flexilink trial services routes include:
- Peachester to Beerwah
- Conondale via Witta to Maleny
- Glenview to Mooloolah Valley
- Kenilworth to Mapleton
- Buderim to Mountain Creek
- Kunda Park to Mons
- Cooroy to Pomona.
Councillor Vivien Griffin said that although the service has been extended they are still operating on a trial basis and high levels of use are still required to keep the service going.
“Use it or lose it is the best message we can get out there,” Cr Griffin said.
“The service provides a solution to gaps in the current public transport system; but to keep the trial going and hopefully make it a permanent service we need to maintain passenger numbers.”
Residents wishing to use the Flexilink service must book their trip by calling 1300 511 163. The services operate on a pre-booked basis and run three return trips per day, Monday to Saturday.
Vehicles travel along designated routes and commuters are required to meet the taxis along the route. A single trip is $2 for adults and $1 for children/concession.
This initiative is funded by council’s Public Transport Levy, which was introduced to improve local public transport services, infrastructure and patronage across the Coast. Council has also received support from the Queensland Government, Suncoast Cabs and Range Taxi Service.
For more information on the Flexilink initiative, routes and timetables, contact Council’s Customer Service centre on 5475 7272.