Public Transport Levy delivers on the ground action
  • Saturday 26 February 2011

First year University of the Sunshine Coast students are taking part in a ground-breaking public transport initiative that will see 2000 students ditching the car and jumping on public transport.

The U-pass is an Australian first trial, part funded by the Sunshine Coast Public Transport Levy and delivered by the University of the Sunshine Coast and TransLink.

Participating students received a go card that gives them $70 credit to use on TransLink services across the Sunshine Coast as well as the entire TransLink network (from Gympie to Coolangatta). Journey planners are available on the TransLink website.

Integrated Transport Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said that the U-pass is the latest in a range of sustainable transport initiatives funded by the Public Transport Levy that aim to reduce vehicle dependency.

“Our aims are simple, we want to increase public transport usage and improve network links so that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion—the levy gives us the ability to do that,” Cr Griffin said.

“By partnering with other organisations who share the same goals as council, we can pool resources, both financial and otherwise to really make a difference to public transport on the Coast.”

Since its introduction in 2009, the Public Transport Levy has helped to deliver a number of exciting initiatives including:

  • a permanent Sunshine Coast Airport bus services
  • U-pass for University of the Sunshine Coast students
  • improvements to existing routes including services 600, 613, 619, 620 and 622
  • Free Holiday buses across the whole Sunshine Coast
  • continuation of the popular Flexilink and Council Cabs services
  • extension of the Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah service with an increase in frequency
  • a number of bus stop improvements across the Coast.

For more information on service improvements, visit Council's website.