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No changes yet to buses, trains and CityCats but small ferries may stop

“We’re making decisions on the best advice available from Queensland Health and federal health authorities.

Neither federal nor state health agencies recommended reducing public transport timetables, Mr Longland said.

“As of today, if you catch public transport, there’s no need to change your day-to-day routine,” he said.

“We will continue to seek up-to-date advice from health authorities and act on that advice.”

Mr Longland said reduced timetables had been planned but were not necessary at present.

“We have been planning for this since we first became aware of the potential impacts of a pandemic,” he said.

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“That includes working to develop reduced timetables in the event of school closures, public restrictions or transport staff shortages.”

Queensland schools remain open, although some parents are individually deciding not to send their children, and school buses are operating on normal timetables.

Brisbane City Council, which operates buses, CityCats and ferries for TransLink, has asked permission from the transport body to stop passengers using cash to buy tickets.

TransLink, which is taking into account the regular use of cash by casual passengers, is considering the request.

Passengers are asked to wash hands frequently and respect personal hygiene, while Brisbane’s 1200 buses and the CityCats are sanitised nightly at a cost of $1.5 million each month.

Trains – latest information

Buses – latest information

  • Bus services will continue, dependent on advice from Queensland Health.
  • If staff shortages occur, the council may revert to weekend schedules.
  • BCC is planning to isolate bus drivers. This would involve passengers entering and exiting buses from the rear doors only.
  • Limits may be imposed on passenger numbers on the advice of Queensland Health.
  • School bus routes are all running normally.

CityCats – latest information

  • CityCats will continue to operate, dependent on advice from Queensland Health.
  • If staff shortages occur, BCC may revert to weekend schedules.
  • Limits may be imposed on passenger numbers on the advice of Queensland Health.

Small ferries – latest information

  • Owing to the smaller size of the cross-river ferries and the CityHoppers, services may cease on the advice of Queensland Health.

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