Brisbane's proud bus history

Since 1925, Council’s buses have been moving people around our great city.

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Brisbane's proud bus history

 

Brisbane bus timeline

Did you know?

The origins of Brisbane City Council’s transport services can be traced to August 1885, with bus services officially commencing in 1925. Ever since then, we have been passionate about providing and improving public transport services for the people of Brisbane.

Learn more about Council’s bus services, and how Council is meeting the Brisbane Vision with the most modern and accessible bus fleet in Australia.

Accessible, connected city

  • 100% of Council’s buses are air-conditioned, low-floor, wheelchair accessible.
  • Nearly all Brisbane residents live within 400 metres of a bus stop, providing easy access to the high-frequency public transport network.
  • Brisbane buses move 24 million more passengers than the entire rail network in South East Queensland.
  • Brisbane’s buses travelled 67.5 million kilometres in 2015 – that’s equivalent to 85 return trips to the moon.
  • Council’s buses move two-thirds of Brisbane’s public transport commuters. 

New World City

  • 1137 new buses have been delivered since 2004.
  • Council provides more subsidy to Brisbane’s bus services and their passengers than all other Australian capital cities combined. Council has committed $121.9 million to subsidise public transport in 2016-17.
  • Brisbane City Council is the largest local government funder of public transport in Australia.
  • Council’s buses operate 22 hours a day, and 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday. 

Clean, green city

  • Brisbane’s buses are among the safest in Australia with 90% equipped with Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV).
  • A Council bus operator interacts with a passenger every 2.5 seconds. 
02 March 2017