As part of the agreement between the Newman Government and Sunshine Coast Regional Council the Hinterland Connect trial bus service will operate on weekdays only from today.
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the Newman Government and Sunshine Coast Regional Council agreed to jointly fund the trial service extending it for a further 12 months.
“I am pleased to have been able to retain the bulk of Hinterland Connect services for communities between Maleny and Nambour,” Mr Powell said.
“Passengers are reminded there will be no service for the first time on the weekend of the 10th and 11th but all weekday services have been retained.
“I am also calling on residents to make use of the Hinterland Connect service given it is still a trial.
“The bus’ performance will be measured against a set of key performance indicators agreed upon by the government and council, including patronage.
“Should the trial exceed this criteria, the Newman Government will integrate the Hinterland Connect service into the qconnect network as a permanent service.
“As per the current ticketing arrangement, only paper tickets will be accepted on Hinterland Connect and fares will be applied as per the qconnect fare schedule,” Mr Powell said.
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the State Government are each contributing 50 per cent of the funding.
Councillor Jenny McKay has confirmed that Council has done all it can to keep the Hinterland Connect bus service operating between Nambour and Maleny for an extended trial period.
“We now have twelve months to prove once and for all that the Hinterland needs this bus service and that public transport is vital for a connected hinterland community.
“I encourage locals who rely on this service to make the most of the extended trial period and use the service between Monday and Friday whenever possible.
“Public transport options for locals living in the hinterland is too important to lose and it’s time to hop on the bus and show our support for the Hinterland Connect bus,” Cr McKay said.
For more information on qconnect services, visit the qconnect website, www.qconnect.qld.gov.au
The performance of the Hinterland Connect trial will be monitored and evaluated against the following Key Performance Indicators (KPls):
KPI(1) – Average loading – minimum benchmark value greater than or equal to seven passengers per trip. – Where the load is defined as the number of passengers on a vehicle at a point in time. This is different to a boarding, which is the number of passengers that get on a bus.
KPI(2) – Value for Money (VFM)
– Minimum benchmark value greater than or equal to 3.31 passenger kms per $ of concession adjusted subsidy (based on total Net Cost of services to TMR).
– The period of evaluation will be from 1 August 2013 to 30 April 2014.
– This evaluation period was chosen in order to facilitate an evaluation of the trial, to notify council of the outcomes and to inform the public of changes resulting from the trial.
[ENDS] 5 August 2013