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Powell Media Release – Hinterland Connect bus figures not encouraging (14 February 2014)

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP and Cr Jenny McKay are again reminding Hinterland residents to use the Hinterland Connect bus service or risk losing it.

“I want to remind the community that the evaluation period ends on 30 April 2014, as on current figures the patronage for this service is well below where it needs to be,” Mr Powell said.

“If figures continue in this trend the community will need to start considering alternatives to this service such as a community bus.

“There has been a drop in usage since August 2013 however we still have a couple of months to turn these figures around.

“I would encourage everyone to use this service as we are currently at risk of losing it altogether,” Mr Powell said.

The performance of the Hinterland Connect trial service for the months of August 2013 to January 2014 was as follows –

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Sunshine Coast Councillor, Jenny McKay, worked alongside Mr Powell in the fight to continue this service last year.  

“Half-funded by the Sunshine Coast Public Transport Levy, the community rallied in support of this service when Translink was considering cancelling it last year due to low patronage,” Cr McKay said.

 “The community needs to prove to TransLink they need this service and that it is viable. So take the opportunity to use this service, support this service and recommend it to your friends as this is your best chance of keeping it for the hinterland community.”

 Information on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is as follows –

 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).

– 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] 14 February 2014

 

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