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Old February 24th, 2010, 05:54 AM   #3441
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Could have sworn it had the BCC logo's on it at one stage. Must admit when you're concentrating on keeping your car on the road (when the estate was first created, never did burnouts but plenty of spririted stuff) I may have mistaken the blue signs for something else.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:34 AM   #3442
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Something nice for PT users ....

77 in Clem 7 crosses north-south divide
Minister for Transport, The Honourable Rachel Nolan, 01/03/2010
http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/St....aspx?id=68693

Brisbane bus commuters will soon be able to travel under Brisbane with the touch of a go card.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan today announced that route 77, the first bus route in the CLEM7 tunnel, was expected to shave about 20 minutes off a 30km cross-city journey between the northside and southside of Brisbane from next month.

Ms Nolan said it would provide a same-seat journey across town linking Eight Mile Plains to Chermside in 39 minutes compared to a journey via the CBD of up to 55 minutes.

The Minister said the $1.6 million route 77 would provide an additional 18,615 seats a week and run every 15 minutes in peak times and every 30 minutes in off-peak, Monday to Friday.

"Buses on route 77 will run along the South East Busway servicing Eight Mile plains, Garden City, Griffith University Holland Park West, Greenslopes and Buranda Busway stations before entering the tunnel," Ms Nolan said.
"Buses will surface on Bowen Bridge Road and travel to Chermside with the first stop at Windsor rail then at Lutwyche, Kedron and Kedron North stops.

"Currently, commuters travelling from Eight Mile Plains to Chermside have to catch a 111 bus to the Cultural Centre and transfer to a 333 that runs through the city.

"Students will be easily able to access Griffith University Busway station and access The University of Queensland at Buranda Busway station onto routes 139 and 169," Ms Nolan said.

"Route 77 will also benefit cross-city commuters who work around Garden City, Chermside, Lutwyche Shopping Centre, Kedron Emergency Services and Griffith University.

"In the future, Route 77 will also provide an important connection at Buranda for the Eastern Busway and also for the Northern Busway and its expansion to Kedron."

Ms Nolan said seven new air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, environmentally friendly buses would be used on the toll-exempt 77 route.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:32 AM   #3443
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and some more from Translink

Route 77 - a new service via the CLEM7 tunnel - effective 29 March 2010

Route 77 (Chermside to Eight Mile Plains) will be the first bus route to use the CLEM7 tunnel, providing an easy single-seat journey across town in less than 40 minutes.

It will begin one week after the CLEM7 tunnel opens to general traffic and operate Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm. Services will run every 15 minutes in the peak and 30 minutes in off-peak times, following the South East Busway and the Lutwyche/Gympie Road corridor.

It will service the following stops:
  • Eight Mile Plains busway station
  • Upper Mount Gravatt busway station
  • Griffith University busway station
  • Holland Park West busway station
  • Greenslopes busway station
  • Buranda busway station
  • Windsor rail
  • Lutwyche
  • Kedron
  • Kedron North
  • Chermside
A full timetable will be available closer to the start date.

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Old March 1st, 2010, 12:04 PM   #3444
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Wow - wasn't expecting that ! Should have known though.
It is like the cousin of the great city circle line.

Very good, although why am I excited about something so simple and been lacking for so long?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 12:19 PM   #3445
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I'm not sure what to make of that route. I can't help but think it will be a complete waste of money. However it is nice to see PT provided across town not using the City. Interesting thing could be for people from the north could get to UQ quicker by getting this service and then transfer at Buranda, I would like to see the split times on that one.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 12:49 PM   #3446
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I think it's actually a fantastic idea, and I know I'll use it. I kinda like Chermside, but living on the southside with no car, it's too much of a pain.

I'm presuming it'll use the tunnel under the freeway (same as 169, 109, etc) to pop out onto O'Keefe, and then turn right onto Ipswich Road and then shoot down that flume?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 01:55 PM   #3447
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jeez, wouldnt you hate to get on the wrong bus at Buranda and then realise the next stop isnt until the other side of the city.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 02:31 PM   #3448
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that is fantastic news for Brisbane
i wonder what the freq will be though
30mins? or an hour
actually ignore what i said :P
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Old March 1st, 2010, 02:42 PM   #3449
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Does "City" in post #3444 above (my god, what a thread!) indicate a bus-stop?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 03:08 PM   #3450
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lol. No, but they've been stupid with their diagram. Good ol' Translink
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Old March 1st, 2010, 03:25 PM   #3451
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Does "City" in post #3444 above (my god, what a thread!) indicate a bus-stop?
They got confused with the Clem7 shuttle or maybe they just mistook the exit (like below) with an underground bus stop.

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Old March 1st, 2010, 03:51 PM   #3452
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Great service IMO. Perfect for people attending UQ from the northside... Unbelievably convenient considering the large distance covered.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 05:55 PM   #3453
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Great effort, but should have had an under-city bus-stop. Stands to reason.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 06:40 PM   #3454
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Great effort, but should have had an under-city bus-stop. Stands to reason.
They could have made a stop in the tunnel, then add lift to Kangaroo Point, plus an under-river footpath (pedestrian tunnel) to the CBD, like the one in Shanghai under the HuangPu River or like the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames from Island Gardens. The Clem7 is only the second tunnel under the river so theres room for a few more.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:36 PM   #3455
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The Clem7 is only the second tunnel under the river so theres room for a few more.
What's the other one?!?
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Old March 1st, 2010, 11:44 PM   #3456
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The route has potential but geez they don't give it much a chance running it at such poor frequency
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 12:46 AM   #3457
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If you guys think that spending $20-50 million on having a lift from 100m underground or however deep it gets, just so that people in the city can use this new bus service, then you are completely missing the point of this service.
It is to facilitate cross town travel, not CBD travel of which commuters from both the north and south have more then enough services to utilise to the CBD.

The frequency is okayish CKF. I think they are still wary, as I am, of this thing costing them more in Tolls then getting actual paying customers. If the 30mins tie in well with uni student travel, then it should be okay, if they fudge it up then it useless. (Moral of my message, high frequency can overcome ineptitude with planning for travel patterns, so play it smart and you could save some money)

They are also still getting burnt from the 393 which to this day is still carrying air because it goes from nowhere to nowhere at a 10 min frequency.
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30min = death

hopefully the demand from uni students will push up the frequency asap
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 12:55 AM   #3459
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its 15min in peak hour and 30min off peak, pretty good to start with, should at least give a good indication of demand for the service
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 01:38 AM   #3460
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hopefully the demand from uni students will push up the frequency asap
30 minutes makes the Gold Coast look slow. But that doesn't take much
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