8 October 2020

There were no elaborate celebrations as Brisbane's South East Busway marked 20-years of operation by simply getting on with its day-to-day utilitarian task of providing a safe and efficient mass transport corridor.

Head of TransLink Matt Longland said the opening of the South East Busway in 2000 was the beginning of a busway network that has become an example of best practice for public transport around the world.

“During peak periods, the busway can move up to 18,000 customers every hour, compared with up to 1,600 bus passengers an hour in general traffic corridors," Mr Longland said.

"That's one bus every 12 seconds passing the busiest point of the South East Busway inbound of Woolloongabba Station.

"This is one of the reasons Brisbane's Busway receives so much interest from national and international public transport providers."

The first section of the South East Busway between Queen Street Bus Station and Woolloongabba opened in September 2000, in time for the Brisbane Olympic Games Football Tournament, as part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The next section to open in April 2001 was Woolloongabba to Eight Mile Plains.

There are now more than 30 kilometres of busway which includes 27 stations and 20 tunnels. More than 72 million trips are made on our busways each year.

“The busway stations have been developed at key suburban nodes to serve major activity centres. This allows buses to serve low-density communities, collect passengers from local roads and then join the busway for a faster trip into the city," Mr Longland said.

“The busways feature real time safety and security incident management, with more than 750 CCTV cameras monitoring the infrastructure, tunnels and assets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Real time bus information is displayed at all stations."

TransLink staff work alongside Brisbane City Council staff to provide real time network coordination through the Busway Operations Centre, including close collaboration with the Queensland Police Service and emergency services to ensure the safety of the busway network.

“Busways continue to be a great success story for South East Queensland public transport. They separate buses from general traffic and deliver more reliable and efficient bus services for customers."