Better, Cheaper Public Transport

Better, Cheaper Public Transport

Think public transport is too expensive? We hear you. The Queensland Greens have a plan for $1 fares and to deliver a better, cheaper Public Transport network for Queensland.

Public transport is a basic service, but in Queensland it is too expensive, too slow and too unreliable. This forces more people to drive, makes traffic worse and parking harder, increases stress and costs us money.

The Greens believe that a family shouldn’t have to pay more to catch a bus into the city or the shops than it costs to drive. Travellers shouldn’t have to plan hours in advance just to travel two suburbs over.

The Greens want a future where anyone can walk down the road and pay $1 to catch a bus without having to check a timetable. We have a plan for:

  • $1 flat fares anyone, anytime, anywhere
  • Free public transport for kids
  • “Turn up and go” high-frequency buses on every major road
  • Three extra Green Bridges 
  • Safe, separated bike lanes
  • A Minister for Public Transport and a single public transport authority
  • Strong support for Cross River Rail
  • Clean, quiet, cheap electric buses
  • Include Tweed Shire Council on the Translink network

$1 Fares, Never check a timetable again, Under 18s ride free, Three new pedestrian, cycle and bus bridges

UNIVERSAL $1 FLAT FARES

The Greens would radically simplify and reduce fares for all Queenslanders to cut the cost of living, cut traffic congestion and encourage more people to use public transport. Fares for travel within each zone would be $1 per trip.

Zones would would be abolished within local government areas. Existing zones would be dramatically expanded so all of Brisbane falls within a single zone. Three other zones would include multiple local government areas (LGAs) as illustrated below.

Travel within each zone would be $1 per trip for everyone, any time of day, and free for under-18s. The existing discount of half-price after 8 trips would continue. Peak and off-peak would be abolished.

Our plan would save an average commuter about 70%. Long-distance commuters would save more than $3,000 per year.

The zones would be simplified and expanded as follows:

  • Zone 1 - Brisbane
  • Zone 2 - Redlands, Logan, Ipswich, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay
  • Zone 3 - Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, 
  • Zone 4 - Noosa, Gympie, Toowoomba

Proposed New Zone Map

New transport zones for SEQ

Fare Comparison

For an adult in South East Queensland, the new fare structure would be:

Existing zones Existing fares*
(peak / off-peak)
New zones
(approximate)
New flat fares
per new zone travelled
Savings*
(vs existing peak / off-peak)
Zone 1 $3.20 / $2.56

 Zone 1

$1.00

SAVE $2.20 / $1.56
Zone 2 $3.90 / $3.12 SAVE $2.90 / $2.12
Zone 3 $5.97 / $4.77

 Zone 2

$2.00

SAVE $3.97 / $2.77
Zone 4 $7.85 / $6.28 SAVE $5.85 / $4.28
Zone 5 $10.32 / $8.26

 Zone 3

$3.00

SAVE $7.32 / $5.26
Zone 6 $13.09 / $10.47 SAVE $10.09 / $7.47
Zone 7 $16.28 / $13.02

 Zone 4

$4.00

SAVE $12.28 / $9.02
Zone 8 $19.32 / $15.46 SAVE $15.32 / $11.46

* Each new zone is roughly comparable to two existing zones. For example, the proposed Zone 1 (Brisbane) covers roughly the existing zones 1 and 2. Existing fares and savings are shown for two existing zones per new proposed zone.

 
Girl waits for a bus | group of friends hanging out

FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR KIDS

Almost all Queenslanders under the age of 18 are either in school, TAFE, university, or other education. It makes no sense to charge kids for public transport. The Queensland Greens would make public transport free for all Queenslanders under 18 years old.

The estimated total cost of our plans to make public transport cheaper is $216 million per year, including $160 million per year for $1 fares and $56 million per year for free travel for under-18s. The Greens have already announced plans to make property developers and big mining companies pay their fare share which would raise more than $4 billion every year. Costings for this policy are available to download.

This is a small amount compared to pointless road-widening projects like Lytton Rd and Kingsford Smith Drive. Widening Kingsford Smith Drive will cost $650 million to save drivers just 60 seconds per trip. The Lytton Rd project will cost $115 million just to widen a 700-metre stretch of road, both despite strong evidence that widening roads encourages driving and increases traffic congestion.

 
Buses on the Victoria Street bridge in Brisbane

“TURN UP AND GO” HIGH-FREQUENCY BUSES

The Queensland Greens would simplify Brisbane’s bus network to create simple, high-frequency bus routes along every major road. Under our plan, all Brisbane residents would be able to “turn up and go”. Instead of checking the timetable, commuters would be able to rely on getting a bus anytime.

Our plan would make public transport a much more viable option for many thousands of residents. Every major road corridor would have a frequent bus services running every 5-10 minutes between 5.30am and 11.30pm, 7 days a week.

By streamlining duplicate or redundant routes and reorganising the bus network, we can provide frequent and reliable services in more areas without losing any existing existing corridors. In some cases this will actually reduce the total cost of providing the service.

The following corridors are some which would have new frequent services between 5.30am and 11.30pm, 7 days per week:

  • Musgrave Road, Red Hill
  • Stewart Road, Ashgrove
  • Wardell Street, Enoggera
  • South Pine Road, Everton Park
  • Old Northern Road, Albany Creek
  • Zillman Road, Ascot
  • Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton
  • Wynnum Road, City to Tingalpa
  • Wondall Road, Manly West-Wynnum
  • Vulture Street/Stanley Street, East Brisbane
  • Chatsworth Road/Winstanley St, Greenslopes-Carindale
  • Logan Road, Stones Corner - Mt Gravatt
  • Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge
  • Kadumba Street, Yeronga

The Greens plan would also upgrade and simplify services on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast where similar improvements can be made.

 
Cyclists and pedestrians cross the Goodwill bridge in Brisbane

THREE NEW GREEN BRIDGES

The Greens would cut traffic congestion, make public transport quicker and open up our city by building three new Green Bridges.

A new pedestrian and cyclist bridge from Kangaroo Point to Eagle St in the CBD would would create easy walking and cycling connections between these two areas of the inner-city.

WEST END TO TOOWONG TENERIFFE TO BULIMBA

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Ferry Road in West End to Toowong railway station would:

  • Connect inner-south residents with a train station and major shopping centre; with links to the University of Queensland and Centenary Suburbs, and by train as far as Ipswich and Springfield
  • Allow safe, separated cycle access to the Bicentennial and Centenary Bikeways
  • Connect west side residents with Orleigh Park and the entertainment, dining and cultural hub of West End

A new bus, pedestrian and cycle bridge from Commercial Road in Teneriffe to Oxford Street in Bulimba would:

  • Connect eastern suburbs residents directly to the inner-north
  • Reduce congestion on Lytton and Wynnum Roads by allowing eastern suburbs residents to travel to the CBD quicker by bus than by car
  • Enable cyclists to avoid dangerous roads and travel safely to the CBD via the New Farm-Newstead Bikeway
  • Allow public transport connections between the inner-North and Morningside railway station
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The Greens also support current plans to transform Victoria St bridge into a Green Bridge, but adequate space for cyclists and cargo-bikes must be provided.

The Greens would pay for this investment in vital public infrastructure by making sure property developers and mining companies pay their fair share. A full costing is available to download.

 
SAFE, SEPARATED BIKE LANES

Safe, separate bike lanes will take pressure off our congested roads and improve quality of life. The Greens would more than double existing State government cycling funding, with $150 million over 5 years funding for safe, accessible cycling infrastructure. Current State government spending on cycling infrastructure is currently $61 million over 4 years.

Many people want to ride to work or university but are worried about injury and only 19% of Brisbane cyclists are women, the lowest of all capital cities. Barrier-separated bike lanes in the CDB would allow cyclists to ride safely to within two blocks of any location in the city in safety. This proposal would cost $6 million and use less than 0.5% of car parking spaces in the CBD.

The Greens would build bike infrastructure including:

  • A network of safe barrier-separated bike lanes in the CBD;
  • Safe barrier-separated bike lanes along major cycling routes such as:
    • Eleanor Schonell Bridge to Lady Cilento Hospital along Annerley Rd, to connect with the proposed Gabba to Goodwill Bridge bikeway along Stanley St. 
    • Brisbane Northside to the CBD along Kedron Brook Rd
    • Buranda to Coorparoo through Stones Corner
    • Vulture St, from West End to Woolloongabba
  • Complete the riverside bikeway missing link from Mowbray Park, East Brisbane to Dockside, Kangaroo Point.
  • Safe, separated bike lanes on other major roads, including in regional Queensland

Brisbane aerial

STRONGER PUBLIC TRANSPORT LEADERSHIP

The Greens would appoint a minister for Public Transport. This minister would have ultimate responsibility for all public transport infrastructure and services across the state. Victoria currently has a Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allen.

The Greens would create a new Public Transport Authority for Queensland (PTAQ) reporting directly to the Minister for Public Transport. This authority would deliver public transport services for Queensland urban areas, including those currently in TransLink’s service area (South East Queensland, Cairns, Mackay, Toowoomba), and QConnect areas including Townsville and other regional centres. PTAQ would have responsibility for the provision of public transport services as well as for the tendering and acceptance of new infrastructure, rolling stock, and vehicles.

Cutting noise and air pollution with clean buses

The Greens would gradually roll over our State’s bus fleets to clean, quiet electric vehicles. For State-government funded purchases and starting with the next new order, all bus purchases will be electric. Charging stations supplemented with solar panels at each route terminus for buses would be progressively rolled alongside the roll out of the electric bus fleet.

This could be achieved gradually, one route at a time, as older buses are retired. Many urban buses only travel around 200 km per day, so with overnight charging they could run easily all day with small top-ups.

Running electric buses is significantly cheaper with much less maintenance required, and far lower fuel costs. Over 10 years, the Greens estimate that this policy would be totally cost-neutral.

Strong support for Cross River Rail

The Greens plan includes strong support for Cross River Rail, which is a vitally important project for our future. It will mean more frequent and reliable trains, especially for people in the suburbs. The LNP’s stance against Cross River Rail is irresponsible and short-sighted, and in the Parliament the Greens will support funding and delivery of the project with appropriate safeguards for those directly affected.

Include Tweed Shire Council on the Translink network

Residents on the Gold Coast cannot use go-card on services just across the NSW border. The Greens would create a State government taskforce to include Tweed Shire Council on the Translink network, allowing seamless travel between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. This could be achieved with a small extra investment from the NSW government or the Tweed Shire Council.