Transdev Brisbane Ferries
|Area served||Brisbane River|
|Key people||James Hall (General Manager)|
Transdev Brisbane Ferries (formerly Metrolink Queensland & TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries) is the operator of the Brisbane City Council's ferry network under the TransLink integrated public transport scheme in Brisbane.
In November 2003 Metrolink Queensland (a joint venture between Transdev) and Transfield Services) commenced operating CityCat and Cityferry services in Brisbane under a seven year contract. In November 2010 a 10 year extension commenced. In December 2010 the joint venture was dissolved with Transfield Services selling its shares to Transdev. In July 2013 the company name was rebranded as Transdev Brisbane Ferries.
Transdev Brisbane Ferries operates Cityferry and CityCat services between the University of Queensland St Lucia campus and Hamilton on the Brisbane River. TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries's fleet currently consists of CityCats and CityFerries.
In August 1991, River Connections took over the operation of Brisbane City Council's fleet of Cityferries. CityCat services began in 1996 with 6 vessels, each capable of carrying 149 passengers, with two further vessels added to the fleet in 1998. In November 2003 Metrolink Queensland (a joint venture between Transdev and Transfield Services) was contracted to operate CityCat and Cityferry services for seven years.
In 2004, when Translink was established, the first "second generation" CityCat (Beenung-urrung) was introduced and passenger numbers increased by 26%. Late 2004 saw the restructuring of the Cityferry network which included more late night services. In response to the 31% increase in demand for CityCat services in 2005, another "second generation" CityCat (Tunamun) was introduced.
In 2008 Metrolink Queensland was rebranded as TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries. Also in 2008, three new CityCats (Meeandah, Wilwinpa and Ya-wa-gara) were launched and the Apollo Road terminal was reopened. In 2009 and 2010, three new CityCats (Mahreel, Kuluwin and Gootcha) were added to the fleet. Early 2010 saw the introduction of three express services during morning peak times. The second and third generation vessels have a capacity of 162 passengers.
All services were suspended on 10 January 2011 due to severe weather prior to the 2011 Brisbane floods. While the CityCat and ferry fleet escaped damage by mooring downstream at the Rivergate Marina or Manly harbour, much of the infrastructure was damaged or destroyed by the floods, causing services to be cancelled indefinitely. Partial CityCat and CityFerry services recommenced on 14 February 2011, using fifteen repaired wharves. Six of the remaining wharves opened using rescued and repaired pontoons on 18 April 2011.
In order to revitalise patronage on the inner city ferry route, the council converted it into a free service targeted at tourists in 2012 at cost of $6M. As part of this change, three of the existing fleet of ferries were painted red to be dedicated to the route, named CityHopper.
In July 2013 TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries was rebranded as Transdev Brisbane Ferries.
Transdev Brisbane Ferries operates Cityferry and CityCat services between the University of Queensland St Lucia campus and Hamilton on the Brisbane River. The CityCat operates between the University of Queensland and Northshore, Hamilton. Not all CityCat services stop all stops, with some peak time express services operating. The CityFerry operates two different services, Inner City Ferries services the inner city and Cross River Ferry services have less than three stops.
Transdev Brisbane Ferries's fleet currently consists of 19 CityCats and 9 CityFerries. The fleet has grown in size to cater for the significant increase in patronage on CityCat ferry services (by 88% in the last six years).
The CityCat vessels are catamarans, and named after the Aboriginal place names for various parts of the Brisbane River and adjacent areas (with the exception of the 19th CityCat, the Spirit of Brisbane, which honours the 2011 flood recovery volunteers). The English name is given in brackets, with the launch date. The entire CityCat fleet is fitted with WiFi allowing access to UQConnect and EduRoam, TransLink timetable information and Brisbane City Council's website.
- Kurilpa (West End) launched November 1996
- Mirbarpa (Indooroopilly) launched November 1996
- Barrambin (Breakfast Creek) launched November 1996
- Tugulawa (Brisbane River at Bulimba) launched November 1996
- Mianjin (Gardens Point) launched December 1996
- Binkinba (New Farm) launched December 1996
- Mooroolbin (Hamilton Sandbank) launched October 1998
- Baneraba (Toowong) launched December 1998
- Beenung-urrung (Highgate Hill) launched August 2004
- Tunamun (Petries Bight) launched June 2005
- Meeandah (this suburb is next to Eagle Farm & Pinkenba) launched February 2008
- Wilwinpa (Observatory) launched June 2008
- Ya-wa-gara (Breakfast Creek) launched November 2008
- Mahreel (Spring Hill) launched April 2009
- Kuluwin (Wooloowin) launched February 2010
- Gootcha (Toowong) launched July 2010
- Walan (Herston) launched December 2010
- Mudherri (Murarrie) launched July 2011
- Spirit of Brisbane launched October 2011
CityFerry covers a smaller area than the CityCat ferry service with stops spaced closer together, and is operated with monohull ferries, varying slightly in appearance.
- John Oxley
- "CityCat Timetable". pp. 1–8. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
- "TransdevTSL Brisbane Ferries Fleet". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- Our History Transdev
- Transfield Services JV wins 150 million renewal of Brisbane CityCat and CityFerries contract Transfield Services 15 September 2010
- Half Year Report 31 December 2010 Transfield Services
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- A New Brand for Brisbane Ferries Transdev
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