- Monday 09 December 2013
Flexilink passenger numbers on the Conondale to Maleny service are growing, showing that the Hinterland community are willing to change their public transport habits.
Funded by the Public Transport Levy, Flexilink services run only when booked to enable residents who live in areas with limited public transport to connect with other bus or train services.
The Flexilink trial services help determine whether there is sufficient demand within these hinterland areas of operation to consider having a permanent bus service implemented.
Transport Strategy Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said its good news usage figures have increased, and hopes the growing awareness will flow over to other Flexilink routes.
“The Kenilworth to Mapleton passenger numbers have also grown substantially over the past two months, which is what we need to see to keep any Flexilink trial operating,” Cr Baberowski said.
“However, there hasn’t been the same uptake for the remainder of the services across the Coast.
“Anyone using or thinking about using these services needs to remember that they are trials and increasing passenger numbers are vital, so why not see if these services would suit you for free over the holiday period.
“From 26 December 2013 to 5 January 2014, all local buses, Flexilink services and Council Cabs services will be free across the region, thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s Public Transport Levy and TransLink.
“Use the Flexilink services to access the public transport network - it’s that simple!”
Flexilink is a convenient and easy to use service: Passengers must book their seat two hours prior to travel by calling 1300 511 163 and advise the operator at the time of booking if a wheelchair accessible vehicle is required. The operator will confirm a pick up time and location at the time of booking.
Flexilink services use a Suncoast Cabs vehicle which operates to a scheduled return service following designated routes. Trips on Flexilink services cost just $2 or $1 for Concession/Child.
Passengers using the Kenilworth to Mapleton service and the Conondale to Maleny service are reminded that the linking bus service, Hinterland Connect (Maleny to Nambour), now only operates Monday to Friday.