Make the Bulimba Cross River Ferry FREE!

Principal Petitioner Kara Cook, Bulimba
Date Closed Mon, 19 Mar 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 315 signatures

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We the undersigned call on Brisbane City Council to immediately make the cross river ferry service from Bulimba to Teneriffe free for all passengers. Local commuters experience some of the worst travel times during peak-hour, taking nearly 47 minutes to travel 3.7km from Bulimba to the CBD. Despite this existing congestion crisis, the LNP Lord Mayor, with this massive Council majority continues to approve more units while providing no new traffic and transport solutions. A free ferry service would encourage more locals to use the service, helping to take the pressure off local roads and allowing a more convenient and cost-effective route to-and-from home.

We the undersigned call on Brisbane City Council to immediately make the cross river ferry service from Bulimba to Teneriffe free for all passengers.

Council response

Both CityCats and monohull ferries service the section of river between Bulimba and Teneriffe ferry terminals, with Bulimba being the busiest suburban terminal in the ferry network. Based on trip origins and destinations within the ferry network, travel between Bulimba and Teneriffe is one of the most popular routes, with the CityCats and cross-river CityFerry carrying approximately 6,800 passengers every week. The ferry network services from Bulimba also provide a valuable link for passengers who wish to travel to the city via the blue CityGlider bus service, allowing passengers to transfer at Teneriffe within the same fare zone.

While CityCats carry more customers between Teneriffe and Bulimba than the cross-river CityFerry, the CityFerry service at this location remains well patronised. Each of the CityFerry (monohull) vessels only carries up to 54 passengers. A free cross-river service would prompt a transition of customers from CityCats, and would almost certainly result in a significant increase in left-behind passengers due to the limited capacity of the CityFerries.

The CityHopper is the only free ferry service provided by Council. The service was introduced to revitalise what was known as the inner city ferry service, which had been very under-utilised, particularly after the flood event in January 2011. The aim was to stimulate economic development and activity in the inner-city precinct.

Ferry services between Bulimba and Teneriffe are not under-utilised, and incentives such as free travel are not needed to boost patronage on this sector of the network. As such, removing fares from the cross-river CityFerry service may encourage customers to use the free service rather than pay to use the CityCat service. This is unlikely to be supported by the Queensland Government and TransLink, as it would result in a loss of fare revenue.

While Council does not believe the removal of fares from the cross-river CityFerry service is warranted and is likely to have negative impacts on ferry funding arrangements and passenger left behinds for CityFerry services, the Chairman of the Public and Active Transport Committee will write to TransLink to ask whether they support this request and are prepared to accept the loss of revenue.