Uni buses reinstated
A BUS service to CQUniversity that was cancelled two weeks ago was reinstated by the bus service operators yesterday.
The service, which shuttled passengers from the university campus to Sugarland, was cancelled with little warning on June 15.
A sign was put up next to the timetable on the day the bus service finished.
The sign read: “Due to lack of patronage, the 4.55pm university service has been terminated as at today’s date, 15th June, 2011.”
It was written on the letterhead of service operators Duffy’s Buses and was signed “management”.
When the NewsMail called Duffy’s Buses yesterday to ask about the cancelled service, owner Paul Duffy denied the bus run had been cancelled.
After being confronted with the sign, Mr Duffy said the company would reinstate the service from yesterday afternoon, but he said it would not be used.
“We were getting nobody on the bus,” he said.
Mr Duffy said it was costly to operate nearly empty buses.
“It costs us $200 a day to go out there,” he said.
He said the company needed approval from the State Government before raising the cost of ticket prices to make up for lower demand.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said cancelling the service could be harmful to students’ education.
But he said it was not just the uni that needed better bus services.
“We have a high number of people with disabilities, a growing ageing population and we have low-income earners,” Mr Dempsey said.
“The transport system we have now is not adequate to deal with that.”
Mr Dempsey urged the State Government to spend more on boosting the transport system.
“I think we need another promotion so people know what services are available and are encouraged to use them,” he said.