Brisbane’s buses just got a whole lot more user-friendly.
From today, people using wheelchairs, prams or walking aids will be able to board any of the city’s 1,200 buses.
Tegan Atkins reports.
Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “Here we go, number plate gone, bit of history removed.”
The last high-floor bus was officially retired from service, marking a major milestone in public transport for people with wheelchairs, prams and walking aids.
Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor: “You know if you are wheelchair-bound, for example, and you’re wanting to catch a bus the reality is, up until today, you’ve had to ring in and make sure that the bus service on your particular route or time is a low floor bus.”
The new buses don’t have any steps through the front door.
There is a ramp for wheelchair access and two dedicated wheelchair spaces.
Now everyone can travel around Brisbane in an affordable and spontaneous way.
John Mayo, Spinal Injuries Association: “So this is a day which a huge number of people would have been waiting for.”
With the retirement of this ’90s vintage bus brings the Lord Mayor’s promise to modernise the entire fleet and make 100% wheelchair access a reality.
Work is also underway to upgrade more than 2,700 bus stops across the city to improve their safety and accessibility.
Tegan Atkins, QUT News.