Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Bus Cuts Are Real, Says Trad

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Bus Cuts Are Real, Says Trad

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THE STATE Opposition is adamant it is not scaremongering with claims public bus services on the Sunshine Coast could be at risk as part of the government's quest to cut $40 million from the Translink budget.

However Shadow Transport Minister Jackie Trad conceded yesterday the claim was based on its own analysis of routes with alow patronagea rather than any secret government hit list.

Ms Trad rejected suggestions the warnings were scaremongering, suggesting that the pattern of government cuts to other programs proved bus transport was unlikely to be immune.

aThe Opposition is doing its job. The minister has come out quite clearly and said that he is reviewing services,a Ms Trad said.

aThis says to me that bus routes will be cut. They'll be cut in the south-east Queensland corner. The minister needs to come out and say what services will be affected.a

She said the Opposition had identified routes that were either duplicated services, had low patronage during off-peak times such as the middle of the day, and those routes that serviced suburban streets, which she believed could be at risk of redirection to main roads. …

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