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TransLink information sessions for bus and train network changes


Since the start of the year, TransLink has been working with the local community and operators to deliver an improved public transport network for the entire Redlands region and surrounds.

From early 2014, the local bus network will be restructured and a new train timetable will be introduced on the Cleveland line.

Some of the features of the TransLink changes include:

  • more peak train services on the Cleveland line
  • better bus, train and ferry connections
  • improved access to key locations and transport interchanges
  • more reliable services
  • consistent departure and journey times on bus and train.

Information sessions

Come and talk to TransLink at their information sessions in November. You’ll be able to view route maps and find out what your new services will look like.

Cleveland Shopping Centre – Thursday 14 November 8.30am – 7pm
Capalaba Central Shopping Centre – Friday 15 November 9am – 5.30pm
Capalaba Central Shopping Centre – Saturday 16 November 9am – 4pm
Cleveland station – Tuesday 19 November 6am – 9am
Cleveland station – Thursday 21 November 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Cleveland station – Monday 25 November 6am – 9am
Victoria Point Shopping Centre – Friday 22 November 9am – 5.30pm
Victoria Point Shopping Centre – Saturday 23 November 9am – 4.30pm

Countdown to TransLink is go


Please note the address for the Russell Island Translink Information session is the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island and will be held again on Saturday, June 15, from 2pm- 4pm.

 

The countdown is well and truly on, with the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) passenger ferry services set to join TransLink’s integrated public transport network on July 1.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams and Member for Redlands for Peter Dowling encouraged island residents to get themselves ready for the upcoming integration by attending the ‘Countdown to TransLink’ community events being held on the islands this Friday and Saturday (June 14-15).

“We want to make sure SMBI residents are onboard and ready to reap the benefits of go card from July 1,” Councillor Williams said.

“go card will enable islanders to make substantial weekly and yearly savings on their transport costs, and we’ve invited TransLink to come out this Friday (June 14) on Macleay Island and Saturday (June 15) on Russell Island and explain more of the features of their system to residents.

“To help make sure SMBI is go ready on July 1, TransLink has donated 3,750 adult, child, senior and concession go cards for distribution to island residents at the community events.

”I would like to thank TransLink for responding to my request for this concession. This generous offer will directly benefit so many islanders.

“So islanders can receive a go card that is correct for them, they will need to show the necessary identification with proof address and valid concession cards (if applicable). A limit of one card person will apply.”

TransLink Deputy Director-General Matt Longland said the SMBI integration was the first major extension of TransLink’s network since it was formed in 2008.

“Our move into the Southern Moreton Bay islands is a major milestone for TransLink and for the local community,” Mr Longland said.

“For some time now SMBI residents have been asking about becoming part of the TransLink network, and we’ve been busy doing all the behind-the-scenes work to make it happen on July 1.”

Mr Dowling said he encouraged everyone to take the opportunity to attend the community events.

“The community events will be an opportunity for islanders to get more information about using go card, find out which bus routes is right for them and to learn where SMBI sits in TransLink’s broader public transport network throughout South East Queensland,” Mr Dowling said.

“Once SMBI is on our network, islanders will be able to enjoy the convenience and ease of go card which removes the need for carrying around cash.

“Not only are fares on go card cheaper than current ticketing products, customers with go card are also entitled to free travel initiatives such as ‘9+Free’ and ‘1,2, Free.’”

Redland City Council and TransLink’s ‘Countdown to TransLink’ community events will be held at the Macleay Island Community Hall on Friday, June 14 from 11am-1pm and the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, on Saturday, June 15, from 2pm-4pm.

For information on the community events phone Redland City Council on 3829 8726.

For public transport and go card information visit the TransLink website, www.translink.com.au, or phone 13 12 30, anytime.

Pensioners and low income to benefit from SMBI Translink


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says pensioners and low income earners will benefit from the Translink go card extension to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI).

“Based on the predicted 2013 go card fares, fares will be at least 30 per cent cheaper compared to the cost of a single paper ticket with a further 20 per cent saving for off-peak use.

“Aside from the free inter-island travel for island residents under the agreement, pensioner go-card holders who make two go card paid journeys in a single day will travel for free for the rest of the day.

“A resident concession holder, taking on average two inter-island return trips per week, will save over $200 per year.

“Even when the proposed rate levy is taken into account, a single SMBI pensioner ratepayer making one weekly return trip to Weinam Creek would be close to break even while a pensioner couple would be ahead.

“Travel savings will also extend to those visiting family and friends on the islands, encouraging more regular travel and helping to reduce social isolation for island retirees and seniors.

“I would encourage SMBI residents to make their own calculations on the costs and benefits rather than accept some of the current fare speculation.

“Helpful fare and Q&A information will soon be available on both Council and the Translink websites, in addition to Translink community forums planned for SMBI in the New Year.

“While the proposed levy contribution certainly helped to break the deadlock for this agreement, Council will review all SMBI rates and infrastructure charges when framing next year’s budget to minimise the impact on island ratepayers.

“The high cost of SMBI Island transport has long been a major brake on the SMBI economy, employment and the social welfare of islanders.

“I am very excited about the possibilities now available for the SMBI community.

“The reduction in SMBI public transport costs at last offers the prospect of a real boost to SMBI property values, business, tourism and employment,” Cr Williams said.

“The state member for Redlands Peter Dowling MP has been instrumental in helping to achieve this outcome,” Cr Williams said.

“Peter has rightly noted that the proposed transport rate levy on SMBI land owners of approximately $7 per month or $22.00 per quarter is an investment in the future.

“Council is looking forward to working with the SMBI community in the new year to fully leverage this investment.

Islanders to save millions in Translink coup


Southern Moreton Bay islanders will save millions of dollars in travel costs a year under a
deal struck today by Redland City Council and the State Government.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve
Minnikin said successful negotiations to link the SMBI to the Translink network would
deliver huge savings and social benefits to islanders who used water taxis, buses and
trains from 1 July 2013.

“Based on 2013 fares the annual savings on a variety of travel options for SMBI residents
will potentially range from over $200 for a single student to up to $6000 for a family of
four,” Cr Williams said.

“The savings from this agreement will be in the millions of dollars.

“This is fantastic news for islanders. The extension of GoCard for travel to and from the
islands is long overdue and deserved recognition that island residents should be able to
access the same public transport concessions as the rest of South-East Queensland.

“GoCard travel will be at least 30% cheaper than the cost of a paper ticket, all travel is
free after the ninth paid GoCard journey in a seven-day period and islanders can save
another 20% by opting for off-peak travel.

“One of the greatest outcomes of our negotiation is free travel for island residents
between the SMBI, giving greater access to facilities, schools and services at no cost to
the traveller.”

The Go Card service will be trialled for two-and-a-half years from 1 July 2013 until 1
January 2016.

Council at a special general meeting today (Monday 17 December) formally endorsed
the trial agreement and a SMBI ratepayer contribution of approximately $88 towards the
cost of the service in 2013-14.

“For this very small investment residents will get not just savings on travel costs but
better employment opportunities and access to facilities and services on the mainland or
other islands,” Cr Williams said.

“A working adult commuting daily to work from SMBI to Weinam Ck can expect to save
over $1000 a year.

“A single adult working in Brisbane’s CBD will potentially save close to $2000 a year.

“GoCard will have significant social and economic benefits for nearly 7,000 people living
on the islands, reducing barriers to social isolation, particularly for the elderly and those
on limited incomes who can now travel free between the islands to visit friends and
family.

“This is very welcome news and I am delighted the State Government has acknowledged
the travel cost disadvantage long experienced by island residents.

“This announcement has come after long and intensive lobbying by myself and Council
and has only been possible in the end after Council agreed to a SMBI community
contribution towards the cost of the service.”

Assistant Minster for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said he was delighted Redland City
Council and the State government have been able to reach an agreement that will mean
cheaper travel for the residents of Redlands.

“For the first time go card equipment and technology will be available for passengers on
Bay Island Ferries integrating the islands into south-east Queensland public transport,”
Mr Minnikin said.

“Visitors and residents can take advantage of GoCard discounts, including free travel
after nine weekly journeys.”

An estimated 100,000 SMBI passenger ferry trips are taken each month, including 1750
return trips a day. In addition, there are a total of 10,000 bus trips through Weinam Creek
each month using Translink.