- Busway congestion could have been resolved by an almost $0 bus network reform, instead of spending $1.5b+ (more realistically $3b) on a totally unnecessary Metro system.
- It would have increased journey times, as passengers would have to change from bus to metro at Wooloongabba and Herston to access Brisbane's CBD.
- It went against Graham Quirk's excuse for lack of bus network reform of providing one seat journeys.
- It had lower capacity than the existing busway.
- It did not serve RBWH, PA Hospital, and UQ, three major trip generators on the busway network. In fact it annoyingly stops just one stop short of both RBWH and PA Hospitals.
- Important parts of the design, such as the interchange design had not been properly considered.
- It did not provide any new journey opportunities, unlike the urgently required Cross River Rail CRR).
- It provided political distraction from the urgently required CRR.
- It did not solve Brisbane's rail capacity issues, unlike CRR.
So what is in the far more sensible Brisbane Metro Mk2, which is now a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
- Brisbane Metro will use bi-artic (long bendy) buses instead of rubber-tyred metro, massively reducing the cost of the changes to infrastructure (now $1b), and allowing both the "Metro" and existing high frequency bus routes to continue using the busway.
- Two high frequency bus routes with bi-artic buses - Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street (current route 111), and UQ to RBWH (current route 66) every 3 minutes.
- Serves large trip generators outside of Brisbane's CBD including RBWH, PA Hospital, Mater and Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, UQ, QUT Kelvin Grove, and Garden City Shopping Centre.
- Claimed capacity of 22,000 passengers per hour - higher than existing busway (note: BrizCommuter is yet to verify this claim).
- Fleet of 60 bi-artic buses - hybrid or battery powered electric.
- New underground bus station at Cultural Centre to avoid congestion.
- Victoria Bridge will be green - buses, bikes, and pedestrians only.
- Brisbane Metro will free up existing buses for feeder services and better coverage.
- Integrates well with CRR, as interchange will be provided at Roma Street and Boggo Road.
- Complements CRR, rather than being a rival project.
- Considerably less impact during construction.
|Bi-artic electric bus Source: Busworld|
Some of BrizCommuter's thoughts on this:
- BrizCommuter hopes that this brings about sensible bus network reform, with mainly high frequency trunk routes serving the CBD, and "local" routes acting as a feeder to the high frequency network.
- Most of the exiting BUZ routes still need to serve the busway, in particular the routes to Chermside and Carindale.
- BrizCommuter hopes to see more high frequency bus routes, serving more of Brisbane including Northern Suburbs, Centenary Suburbs, and the Prince Charles Hospital.
- BrizCommuter hopes that politicians won't play silly buggers with bus reform like last time. Yes, some people will loose out, but the majority of passengers across Brisbane should be better off.
- As the state government owns the busway infrastructure, BrizCommuter hopes that they are fully supportive of the changes around Cultural Centre.
- Will Brisbane City Council put some of the savings from Brisbane Metro towards Cross River Rail?
- As these buses will have all-door boarding, how will go card touch on/off work? Onboard or on platform?
BrizCommuter is happily stunned that Brisbane politicians have finally made a sensible decision.