Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Day on the Buses Boosts MP's Fight for Services; Choat Pledges to Battle to Retain and Improve Public Transport Routes in the City

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Day on the Buses Boosts MP's Fight for Services; Choat Pledges to Battle to Retain and Improve Public Transport Routes in the City

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

SEAN Choat's commitment to preserving bus routes 529 and 514 intensified after his day on the buses in Ipswich yesterday.

The State Member for Ipswich West travelled both those routes and many others yesterday as he spoke to commuters about his government's plans for public transport and sought feedback from many of them. Mr Choat played a lead role in ensuring the 514 route from Tivoli/Moores Pocket to Booval was reinstituted after the previous government had cut it. He also is firmly committed to retaining route 529 from Toogoolawah to Ipswich route.

aThere has been a lot of talk about the government wanting to improve the efficiency of bus services and I wanted to find out for myself by talking to our residents,a he said.

aIn 2010 I invested a lot in the a[approximately]save our buses' group. That group prevailed and we got the 514 reinstated.

aA lot of people are worried it is going to be axed but I intend to make sure that it isn't and make sure it is improved. …

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