The Queensland Government will improve Mackay's public transport network with more than 1000 bus services proposed to hit the road each week and a new one-stop shop for public transport information from late 2016.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said Mackay residents were invited to have their say to shape an improved urban bus network that is planned to be rolled out in late 2016.
The Queensland Government is proposing 11 modified routes that includes more trips to key locations including both CQUniversity campuses (Ooralea and Sydney Street), the GP Superclinic at Ooralea, Mackay Base Hospital, Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre and Caneland Central.
"We're also proposing an increase in the span of operating hours, particularly for people working in the city who wish to arrive before 8am and leave after 5pm," Mrs Gilbert said.
"Public transport would also run to new growth areas including Blacks Beach, Glenella, Ooralea and Paget.
"The current combined Northern Beaches route would be split in two to service Blacks Beach/Eimeo and Bucasia/Shoal Point separately.
"These two new routes would reduce travel time, especially for customers travelling from Bucasia and Shoal Point.
"The plan also includes four daily trips to Mirani and Marian, improving on the current two trips on Thursdays only.
"Sarina will have 10 daily trips, up from the current eight trips.
"Dedicated services are proposed to connect Slade Point and Mackay Harbour with Caneland Central."
Mrs Gilbert said Mackay residents would be able to view the proposed new network including routes, service frequency and draft timetables on-line at haveyoursay.translink.com.au or in-person at an information session during July which will be held at:
- Monday 18 July: Sarina IGA, 12pm-4.30pm
- Tuesday 19 July: Caneland Central, 9am-5pm
- Wednesday 20 July: Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, 9am-5pm
- Thursday 21 July: Northern Beaches Central, 9am-12pm
- Thursday 21 July: Marian Town Central, 1pm-5pm
"We will consider all feedback provided by the Mackay community and use it to shape the final network that is planned to come into effect later this year."
Mrs Gilbert said the extra services and rollout of the State Government's public transport brand, TransLink, was an exciting new era for public transport in Mackay.
"Once TransLink launches in Mackay, customers will have access to the TransLink Contact Centre, website with journey planner and the MyTransLink app," she said.
"The Contact Centre provides a 24 hour, seven days a week service for customers seeking timetable, fares, ticketing and other public transport information. TransLink's electronic ticketing product, go card, is not being rolled out into regional cities at this time.
"TransLink in Mackay also means passenger information including bus stop infrastructure will be improved and timetables will be easier to understand."
Local bus operator, Mackay Transit Coaches, will continue to provide urban and school bus services in Mackay. The school bus network will remain the same.
For more information on the future service change and brand rollout, visit haveyoursay.translink.com.au
For any other public transport enquiries, visit Mackay Transit Coaches at mackaytransit.com.au or phone 4957 3330.