12 ways we're making it easier to get around Brisbane

Life is busy enough without having to worry about how you'll get to where you need to go. Brisbane City Council is working hard every day to make it easier, quicker and safer to get from A to B and home again, so you can spend more time doing what you love.

From fixing congestion and building better transport networks, to improving safety and traffic flow on suburban roads, here are 12 ways we're making it easier to get around Brisbane, now and into the future. Get your engines, feet, and fixed gears at the ready!

  1. Free off-peak travel for seniors is now available on Council buses, CityCats and ferries in weekday off-peak times, and on Council buses all weekend. This means our older residents using a senior go card or Seniors Card plus go card can more easily connect with family and friends to enjoy the best of Brisbane.
  2. Five new green bridges are proposed, which will mean less time on the road and more time doing what's important. The new green bridges will link Kangaroo Point to the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD), Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, as well as new crossings at Breakfast Creek and Bellbowrie, to make travel by foot, bike and public transport quicker and safer. 
  3. Better roads for Brisbane is a priority and we're working with the Australian Government to fix congestion and build better transport networks across the city. Together, our $500 million joint investment will see 11 congestion-busting projects start in Brisbane over the next three years.
  4. Double-decker CityCats are now a thing in Brisbane! The first of the new generation vessels is on the water, giving you more space, better views and USB charging points. Our new double-decker CityCat is part of our plan to deliver a modern public transport network with an enhanced CityCat experience. There'll be more double-deckers cruising our river city over the next four years.
  5. High-capacity, high-frequency Metro is underway, connecting 18 stations along 21 kilometres of dedicated busways between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and University of Queensland. Brisbane Metro's vehicle tender has now been awarded, and early works construction is set to begin in early 2020. With services every three minutes during peak-hours, Brisbane Metro will get you home quicker and safer so you can do more of what you love.
  6. 2000 bikes and 150 CityCycle stations are located across the city to help you explore Brisbane on two wheels. Link in with bus, train and ferry connections to get where you need to go quickly and affordably.
  7. Recreation and river hubs have been rolling out across our river banks to give you greater access to the Brisbane River. With new hubs in New Farm, West End, Dutton Park and Murarrie complete, and another under construction at City Botanic Gardens, it's easier than ever to explore the river by boat or kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. 
  8. Express SpeedyCat services run along the Brisbane River each weekday (excluding public holidays), giving you more than 100 peak-hour express services per week. Choose from a range of express services that stop at UQ St Lucia, West End, Guyatt Park, North Quay, Riverside, Hawthorne, Teneriffe and Northshore Hamilton. The CityCat timetable has been reviewed and due to demand, from 9 December 2019, SpeedyCats will stop at Hawthorne instead of Apollo Road, providing the first ever express services directly from the CBD to the busy Hawthorne terminal. Visit the Translink website, or phone 13 12 30, for more timetable information.
  9. We're creating more bikeways to make riding in Brisbane better, by connecting you to schools, local facilities, parks and public transport hubs. Our Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program has created dedicated bikeways, including the new Woolloongabba Bikeway. There's also the Lores Bonney Riverwalk, a separated bikeway recently opened along Kingsford Smith Drive, and the Bicentennial Bikeway from the CBD to Toowong, which is one of Australia's most popular bike-riding routes, with more than 1 million riders this year.
  10. A new riverwalk is being constructed from the corner of Alice and Edward Streets to Bunya Walk in the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City. The new riverwalk will give residents, visitors and commuters more options for walking and riding through the city. A new river hub is also being constructed alongside the riverwalk and will provide additional river access for commercial vessels, recreational and passive craft.
  11. City loops and CityGliders make getting around the CBD and surrounding suburbs by bus quicker, with less hassle. Take the 40 (clockwise) or 50 (anti-clockwise) to travel with ease between QUT Gardens Point, Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street Pier, or hop on the Spring Hill Loop between the CBD and Spring Hill, including Brisbane Private Hospital and St Andrew's Hospital. After almost a decade in service, our Blue CityGlider (West End To Teneriffe) and Maroon CityGlider (Ashgrove to Stones Corner) continues to be part of our commitment to reduce traffic congestion and improve public transport across the inner city.
  12. A business case to help increase transport options and reduce congestion in Brisbane's north-west is being developed by Council. The Australian Government has committed $10 million towards the north west transport network business case, which will extend from Bald Hills to Toowong. Have your say now.

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Last updated:9 December 2019
Topics: things to do