Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BrizCommuter Special - G20 transport fail

Yes, Brisbane is backwards! 
With the exception of hotel owners and anarchists wanting to smash up a McDonalds, very few people in Brisbane are looking forward to the G20 summit which runs from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November. With road, railway, busway, and even airspace closures, transport will be chaotic at times around the G20.

So for protesters, or anyone stupid enough to go anywhere near the CBD over the long weekend, what perks do road users get during the G20 weekend:
  • 1000 free parking spaces in the CBD, in Brisbane City Council car parks
  • Free tolls on the Gateway Bridge, and Go Between Bridge
So what perks do public transport users get:
  • Absolutely nothing 
Yes, that is right, there will be no public transport discounts over the long weekend. This is despite a heavily disrupted bus network, and off-peak train service with diversions. In fact, during the Friday public holiday, peak fares will be in place, despite there only being an off-peak (at best) public transport service in Brisbane. Is this fraudulent? Interestingly G20 delegates will get free go cards, but the general public will have to pay full fare. For those trying to plan their journeys, TransLink's journey planner is pretty useless, and in many use cases lacks accurate information for the G20 long weekend. 

Once again, Brisbane's politicians show how backwards Brisbane is when it comes to sustainable transport options. 

TransLinks G20 information:

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