Busy bus routes leave passengers behind


Brisbane students say they’re being left behind because of overcrowding on buses. More than 2,000 buses skipped their stops just last month because they were too full.

Kristen Camp reports.

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New data from the Brisbane City Council has revealed the cities busiest buses with Route 66 taking the top spot.

Four Hundred on the journey between UQ and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, were unable to pick up passengers in August.

Routes 412, 169 and 345 were all at their limit of passengers, at least 80 times each, throughout the month.

Translink say they’re aware of the extremely high demand for travel to UQ and last month began a trial of additional services.

Students here at UQ say they often get left behind when catching the morning bus and miss their classes.

Despite the additional services, many say they haven’t noticed a difference.

VOX 1: “I was late yesterday just because the bus left without me.”

VOX 2: “So when it goes straight past I often miss like a tutorial or I’ll be like 15 minutes late.”

The Lord Mayor has responded to the complaints saying Council are aware of the heavily congested buses, particularly Route 66.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner: “This route will be replaced and upgraded by Brisbane Metro, we have a fully funded project, shovel ready, ready to go, funding from the Federal government, funding from the council and we can get on with it within a matter of weeks.”

Once the State Government sign off on the Brisbane Metro plans, construction can commence.

The project is expected to be completed by 2023.

Kristen Camp, QUT News.