- Monday 01 March 2010
A new trial bus service – the first Sunshine Coast Regional Council Public Transport Levy initiative for the hinterland – begins today.
The new service connects Beerwah and Landsborough and introduces weekend services between Landsborough and Maleny.
The seven days a week Beerwah to Landsborough bus service meets the Translink 605 bus from Kawana to Landsborough via Caloundra, and the 615 from Maroochydore to Landsborough via Mooloolaba and Sunshine Coast University, and some trains.
The service also connects with Glasshouse Country Coaches daily services between Landsborough and Maleny.
Timetables are available at Beerwah and Maleny libraries and regular commuters between Maleny and Landsborough should check for timetable changes.
Integrated Transport Portfolio holder, Vivien Griffin said a well used public transport network was vital to achieving council’s vision for a sustainable Sunshine Coast.
“This new hinterland service makes it possible to travel more of the Coast by public transport, reducing greenhouse gases and traffic congestion at the same time,” Cr Griffin said.
“So during the trial phase I encourage hinterland residents to take the bus as often as they can and to tell their friends, because by ‘bus-ing it’ you will be helping the new service to succeed and supporting sustainable living on the Sunshine Coast.”
Local Division 1 Councillor, Anna Grosskreutz said the new service recognised Beerwah’s growth.
“This bus is great news for Beerwah and the greater Glasshouse country region,” Cr Grosskreutz said.
“It begins to meet the growing community need for easy, local access to the public transport network.
“It will help commuters, students and those who don’t or who prefer not to drive to reach the Landsborough hub and then connect on to Caloundra and Kawana, Maroochydore via the University by bus, or Brisbane by train.
“Public Transport has consistently been listed as the number one priority for the majority of residents and I am pleased the State Government and council have worked in partnership to make this priority a reality.”
Catching the bus is easy. In addition to regular stops you can hail ‘n ride. This means, as long as it is safe for the driver to stop, you can board the bus after clearly signalling to the driver by placing your hand out as the bus approaches.
The new bus service is a joint initiative of Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
It is supported by council’s Public Transport Levy which is raised to improve local public transport services, infrastructure and patronage across the Coast.
For more information on this service contact Glasshouse Country Coaches 5496 9249.
For more information on connecting services to the coast and train services contact Translink 131230 or visit www.translink.com.au