|New City Cat - MV Quirk's Incompetence|
- Weekday daytime off-peak service reduced by 17%, from 12.5 min frequency to 15 min frequency.
- Evening off-peak service reduced by 17%, from 25 min frequency to 30 min frequency.
- Last 3 services on Sunday to Thursday nights cancelled.
These cuts are very disappointing, and combined by planned fare increases in January 2014, may well reduce CityCat patronage. The CityCat is very important to university students and tourists off-peak, and thus any daytime off-peak cuts are bad news for Brisbane's reputation. The late night cuts will make it almost impossible for passengers to travel late at night to/from suburbs not served well by bus or train (such as Bulimba with it's busy restaurant district). It is clear that BCC are irresponsible when left in charge of public transport. It is time that state government removes BCC's responsibility for both ferry and bus services (possibly through privatisation), so as to create the efficient and frequent public transport network that Brisbane deserves. However, as LNP politicians are well known for looking after their LNP mates, don't hold your breath!