Free Holiday Buses boost interest in public transport
  • Wednesday 11 January 2012

Early analysis of Free Holiday Buses passenger data and community feedback indicates success on a number of fronts, especially in boosting interest in public transport as a workable alternative.

The Sunshine Coast Council and TransLink initiative, funded by council’s public transport levy, was a popular mode of transport during the summer holiday period.

Council’s integrated transport systems portfolio chair and division 9 councillor, Vivien Griffin, said she was heartened by the continued positive response from the community.

"Current estimates show that more than 250,000 passenger trips were undertaken on the Free Holiday Buses over the 14 day period—50,000 more than the 200,000 passenger trips recorded in 2010/11," Cr Griffin said.

"Feedback we’ve received so far also verifies that the Free Holiday Buses program is meeting the objectives of providing visitors and residents with hassle-free travel options over the holiday break, while also alleviating parking problems and traffic congestion.

"Of greatest significance is that we have encouraged those who don’t usually use public transport to ‘get on board’, Cr Griffin said.

Preliminary online survey results indicate:

  • 97% of respondents support the Free Holiday Buses program
  • 95% were either extremely satisfied or satisfied with the service
  • 82% of respondents were Sunshine Coast residents
  • 24% never usually use public transport (introducing public transport to new users)
  • 67% said as a result of the Free Holiday Buses, they would now use public transport more often
  • 80% said they are now more aware of public transport services across the Coast

Council is seeking community feedback about the Free Holiday Buses program—whether you used the Free Holiday Buses or not—and invites you to complete a survey on council’s website.

All surveys completed by 31 January 2012 will be entered in a draw to win a $250 shopping voucher.