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Sunbus Return to The Strand with $150k Investment


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Transit Australia Group (TAG), owner and operator of Sunbus, will invest $150,000 into

service upgrades for the Townsville public bus network which will see Sunbus return to The


The investment comes on the back of extensive and collaborative meetings between

Senior Management at TAG and Sunbus, Translink, Townsville City Council and the

Townsville Transport Working Group, a collective group of key transport operators and

stakeholders in Townsville successfully brought together by Member for Thuringowa, Sam


“Transit Australia Group is excited to announce this $150,000 investment into Sunbus for

new and improved services for the Townsville public bus network from February 17, 2014.

Sunbus is returning to The Strand. Increased network services on Sunday and for Bushlands

Beach will be rolled out and on-time running will be improved across the network,” Sunbus

Head of Operations, Brett Lee said today.

“A lot of outstanding work, internally from senior management at TAG and Sunbus, and

importantly by Translink, Townsville City Council and the Townsville Transport Working

Group has been achieved to get us to this point. We here at Sunbus have been really excited

by, and welcome, the collaborative nature that all stakeholders have worked together to

improve the Townsville public transport network,” Mr Lee said.

“As a result of all this great work we are now here today, as a group, to make these

important announcements that will deliver improved public transport services to the

Townsville community.”

The return to The Strand is sure to be welcomed by the Townsville community. Route 206

will now service The Strand and the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal for the first time since


Route 206, the City to Pallarenda, will travel through The Strand from Stanley Street Police

station to Shelly Street and Cape Pallarenda every hour from 8:31am to 6:31pm. On

Saturday it will travel every two hours from 9:44am to 5:29pm.

Travelling from Shelly Street and Cape Pallarenda to Stanley Street, Route 206 will travel

through The Strand at 7:43am, then 9:10am every hour to 6:10pm, Saturdays 8:48am,

10:23am then every two hours until 6:08pm.

The $150,000 TAG investment will also deliver increased Sunday services. For the first time,

Route 203 will operate an hourly timetable on Sundays and Public Holidays from Thuringowa

to the City.

On-time running will be improved with new timetables to match current running times.

Routes 200, 201, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210 and 233 have all been updated to deliver

improved service reliability.

Sunbus services will also be increased for Bushland Beach.

“School day only services at Bushland Beach are a thing of the past. All weekdays trips have

been standardised and will operate on all weekdays not just school days. We have also

closely analysed current running times and our timetables will now reflect this, delivering an

improvement in on-time running across the network,” Mr Lee said.

In recent years, TAG invested $6 million into the design and construction of a new Townsville

Bus Depot, located locally in Garbutt, and initiated network changes and upgrades to meet

the demands of a city growing as rapidly as Townsville.

“Sunbus has come a long way in recent years and today is another example of our

commitment to Townsville and the public bus network. Locally, we are led by Jeff Delgado,

Sunbus Operations Manager for Townsville and he has put together an outstanding

management team. Townsville is the capital of the north and Sunbus will constantly strive to

deliver a safe and reliable public bus network,” Mr Lee said.

All changes will roll out on February 17, 2014.


Transit Australia Group acquired Sunbus in 2008 and operates public bus services, school

services and charters in Cairns, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Rockhampton and Sunshine

Coast. Sunbus employ over 570 staff.

Transit Australia Group also own and operate Surfside Buslines and Gold Coast Tourist

Shuttle which operate throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast in NSW and bus leading

manufacturing company BusTech, making TAG the largest privately owned public bus

operator in Queensland, collectively employing over 2,000 staff.

In Townsville, Sunbus has grown to now employ over 150 local staff, making Sunbus one of

the largest employers in Townsville. Sunbus operate 86 buses across the Townsville public

bus network, school services and charters. Regular ongoing investment has resulted in the

replacement of 28 buses since Sunbus was purchased.

Sunbus Townsville is located in Garbutt in a new $6 million purpose built depot. Local

contractors were used wherever possible during every stage of construction.

The delivery of a safe and reliable public bus network has, and always will be, the number

one priority across all operations within Transit Australia Group.

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