Public Transport goes up a gear
  • Monday 13 December 2010

Residents and holiday makers will find bus travel a whole lot easier from today with new routes and more frequent services rolling out on local roads.

Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with TransLink have fast-tracked two new bus routes, a permanent airport bus link and hundreds of additional buses on existing routes.

Integrated Transport Portfolio Holder Cr Vivien Griffin said the levy was introduced to speed up the improvement to the Coast’s public transport system.

"The Public Transport Levy has given council the financial might to be able to make changes and fast-track essential services that will allow the Coast to move forward," she said.

"One of the most exciting new services is a permanent link from the Sunshine Coast Airport north to Noosa and south to Maroochydore that allows people to arrive on the Coast and head to their accommodation without needing to hire a car.

"For Sunshine Coast to function more efficiently it is imperative that we have these basic transport services and I’m delighted that the airport bus service is here to stay."

From 13 December, improvements include:

  • Improvements to routes 600, 602, 613, 619, 620 and 622
  • A permanent Sunshine Coast Airport service with a revised route 622 replacing the current shuttle
  • More weekend services for routes 600, 619 and 620
  • New route between Maroochydore and Nambour (612) and a new route will operate between Maroochydore and Kawana (614).

Cr Griffin said the Public Transport Levy would also fund free holiday bus over the Christmas period from 26 December to 9 January, including additional services on New Year’s Eve.

"The idea is that once people try the free holiday buses and realise that they are regular, efficient and remove parking hassles, it will encourage a mind shift towards using public transport throughout the year," she said.

For more information on the free holiday buses visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or for timetables, routes and journey planners, head to www.translink.com.au