Public transport users will benefit from more shelter at local bus stops thanks to the Queensland Government’s Bus Stop Shelter Program (BSSP).
Almost 300 new shelters will be installed at bus stops across Queensland in the upcoming financial year through the program, with local councils sharing in $5.49 million in BSSP funding.
Head of TransLink Matt Longland said the State Government understood the importance of providing shade at bus stops, with more than 370 new shelters installed at bus stops in 2019-20.
“These shelters will provide a more comfortable waiting environment for customers during sunny conditions and protect them from the elements during those infamous summer storms,” Mr Longland said.
The new shelters complement more than $5 million annually in Queensland Government funding to assist local councils upgrade existing bus stops across the state through the Passenger Transport Accessible Infrastructure Program (PTAIP).
Local governments need to ensure all existing bus stops are accessible to all users by the end of 2022, a target which has been set out in the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.
“The Queensland Government is committed to eliminating barriers for everyone to access the public transport network and these funding grants are a further example of our commitment to making sure public transport is accessible for everyone,” Mr Longland said.
Funding assistance provided to 17 local governments helped to upgrade almost 670 bus stops across Queensland in the 2019-20 financial year, thanks to this important State Government grants program.