26 January 2021
South East Queensland

Students and parents are being encouraged to prepare for the new school year, which starts on Wednesday 27 January.
 
The Queensland Government invests more than $180 million each year to provide safe and reliable services through the School Transport Assistance Scheme, servicing schools right across Queensland.

TransLink is working with more than 600 delivery partners to ensure around 2000 school buses are in service for the first week of school.

This includes services for students attending new schools such as Gainsborough State School and Baringa State Secondary College, while there are also new services for existing schools across South East Queensland to cater for increased demand.
 
Head of TransLink Matt Longland said being prepared was the best way for students and parents to ensure smooth travel during the busy back to school period.
 
“Knowing the right bus to catch, the correct bus stop to catch it from, how to hail the driver and having your method of payment ready can help ensure an easier journey for all students,” Mr Longland said.
 
"Parents and students are reminded the South East Queensland public transport network is currently cashless in response to COVID-19.
 
"Students over the age of 12 may also be required to wear a face mask on public transport, depending on the latest health advice at the time of travel.
 
“We also ask for patience during the first few weeks of the school year, as the network is monitored and changes may need to be made where demand requires it.”
 
Mr Longland encouraged parents and students to check on the TransLink website, or with their school bus operator, to check if there were any changes to services over the break.
  
"The online Service Capacity Tracker is available for TransLink services in South East Queensland, to view a forecast of patronage on their route at the time of day when they travel," Mr Longland said.
 
TransLink has also created a new public transport guide for parents along with an interactive tool to ensure students can access the best student travel cards and concessions available to them.
 
Further information:
•    To check school travel options and plan travel, visit the TransLink Journey Planner, School Services Finder, check with your school or contact your local school bus operator
•    Review TransLink’s tips for safe travel online
•    For more information on school public transport, go to the TransLink website or call 13 12 30.