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THE Gold Coast’s southern bus lines are more popular than ever before, with new figures adding ammunition to the push for extending the tram to Burleigh Heads.
Patronage has dramatically increased over the past two years, Department of Transport and Main Roads figures obtained by the Gold Coast Bulletin reveal.
The data shows:
* The number of people riding the 700 route from Broadbeach to Tweed Heads has increased by nearly 10 per cent, from 2.08 million passenger trips in 2016-17 to 2.2 million in 2017-18.
* The 777 route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast Airport has seen an increase in patronage of nearly 11 per cent, rising 586,390 in 2016-17 to 649,081 in 2017-18.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the figures were welcome.
“There is no doubt that Gold Coasters are loving their public transport, whether it is light rail or buses,” he said.
“New data on these two bus routes is a case in point and I think it is clear that people on the Gold Coast are putting their trust in public transport like never before.
“The success of Gold Coast light rail has exceeded all expectations, transforming public confidence in public transport.”
More than 182 million trips were taken on public transport in the southeast last year, the most on record.
The figures come after the Gold Coast Bulletin revealed on Saturday that support for the light rail extension south was higher than expected.
Among those excited is regular bus user Tom Hollindale who said he was keen to see the tramline extended.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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