New and upgraded school bus services will meet growing demand from new housing developments on the Sunshine Coast.
Head of TransLink Matthew Longland said the majority of changes are planned for the start of term four on Tuesday 6 October 2020, with services to new schools starting in the new school year.
"These changes are being made to provide improved services for students in response to community feedback and changes in demand across the network," Mr Longland said.
"Importantly, the changes will also provide service to new schools and new housing developments in the region."
The school service changes to be delivered as follows:
- New services from the growing Harmony Estate, Palmview to Chancellor State College, Siena Catholic College, Mountain Creek State High School, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Immanuel Lutheran College and Maroochydore State High School.
- A new service from the Harmony Estate will also provide travel options for residents to the new Palmview State Primary School and Palmview State Special School opening in Term 1 2021.
- New services from Glenview State Primary School to parts of Glenview and Palmview.
- A new service from Good Samaritan College to Mons via Kuluin, Alexandra Headland and Buderim.
- New services from Sunshine Coast Grammar from Buddina via Parreara and Brightwater.
- Improved services to address passenger loading on Meridan State College, Sunshine Beach High School and Coolum State High School buses.
- More direct and dedicated services from Cooroy State School, Noosa District High School, Noosaville State School, Tewantin State School, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, St Teresa's Catholic College, St Thomas More College, St Andrews Anglican College, and Peregian Springs State School.
- Extension of some services into new housing developments in Brightwater, Pelican Waters and Bli Bli to improve service coverage and walk up access for students.
Mr Longland said as a result of the changes some students may experience improved or minor travel time changes and their school route number or transfer services may be changed.
"I'd advise parents, guardians or students to check out changes before the start of the school term," he said.
Details of the service changes will be available on the TransLink's journey planner prior to the due start date. The MyTransLink app will also be updated or parents and students can contact the bus operator Buslink. The changes are also being communicated through the schools.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads works with service delivery partners to provide more than 1,400 school routes across Queensland (2019-20).