Bus upgrade zone

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Stops serviced by BUZ routes are often identified with the above sign

Bus upgrade zones, commonly abbreviated to BUZ, are a feature of Brisbane's public transport system. The name is given to high-frequency bus routes operated by Brisbane Transport, the Brisbane City Council agency that operates the city's public bus services for TransLink. All BUZ services run at least every fifteen minutes from around 6:00am to 11:00pm seven days a week and at least every ten minutes during peak hours from Monday to Friday.

Nearly all BUZ routes are express services which provide quick and frequent access to places along major trunk roads, with the exception of routes 196 and 199, which are the only all-stops BUZ service with bus stops within short walking distances of each other between the inner suburbs of Fairfield, West End, New Farm and Teneriffe. Most BUZ routes are radial, and commence in or near the Brisbane CBD. However, routes 196 and 199 are again an exception, in that they are cross-town routes that passes through the CBD.

History[edit]

Route 111 was upgraded to become the first BUZ service in December 2003.[1] Other BUZ services have been progressively added since then.[2][3] The Cultural Centre busway station on the South East Busway is the common interchange point for all BUZ services, with the exception of routes 340 and 412.[4]

In 2007, BUZ services carried over 346,000 passengers a week, accounting for around 30% of all Brisbane Transport patronage. Route 199 being the busiest BUZ service, carrying over 53,000 passengers per week.[5]

Routes[edit]

All BUZ services run at least every fifteen minutes from around 6:00am to 11:00pm seven days a week and at least every ten minutes during peak hours from Monday to Friday.[4][6] Nearly all BUZ routes are express services which provide quick and frequent access to places along major trunk roads, with the exception of routes 196 and 199, which are the only all-stops BUZ services with bus stops within short walking distances of each other between the inner suburbs of West End and Teneriffe (199) and New Farm and Fairfield (196). All BUZ routes are radial, and commence in or near the Brisbane CBD. However, routes 196 and 199 are again an exception, in that they are cross-town routes that pass through the CBD.[4]

Route Destinations Type Upgrade Date
100 Forest Lake via Ipswich Road Cityxpress October 31, 2011 (2011-10-31)[7]
111 Eight Mile Plains busway station via South East Busway Busway service December 15, 2003 (2003-12-15)[1]
120 Garden City bus station via Tarragindi Cityxpress June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)[8]
130 Parkinson via Mains Rd and Sunnybank Cityxpress January 27, 2004 (2004-01-27)[9]
140 Browns Plains bus station via Mains Rd and Beaudesert Rd Cityxpress February 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)[2]
150 Browns Plains bus station via Gowan Rd and Warrigal Rd Cityxpress November 8, 2004 (2004-11-08)[10]
180 Garden City bus station via Mansfield Cityxpress October 31, 2011 (2011-10-31)[7]
196 Fairfield, Highgate Hill, Fortitude Valley, Merthyr All Stops June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)[8]
199 West End ferry wharf, Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Teneriffe ferry wharf All Stops February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20)[11]
200 Carindale Heights via Deshon St Cityxpress February 18, 2006 (2006-02-18)[12]
222 Carindale via Eastern Busway Busway service
330 Bracken Ridge via Northern Busway Cityxpress June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18)[13]
333 Chermside bus station via Northern Busway Busway service
340 Carseldine via Northern Busway Cityxpress June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18)[13]
345 Aspley via Maundrell Tce Cityxpress February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20)
385 The Gap via Waterworks Rd Cityxpress
412 University of Queensland bus station via Toowong Cityxpress
444 Moggill via Indooroopilly Cityxpress
Blue CityGlider West End ferry wharf, Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Teneriffe ferry wharf Special April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11)[14]
Maroon CityGlider Ashgrove, Paddington, City, Woolloongabba busway station, Langlands Park busway station Special February 18, 2013 (2013-02-18)[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thompson, Carissa (2003-12-10). "Buses receive boost". Southern Star. p. 1. 
  2. ^ a b "New bus services". Logan West Leader. 2009-01-21. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ Moore, Tony (2010-06-29). "More bus services to help ease squeeze". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. ^ a b c BUZ and CityGlider Network map TransLink 28 January 2014
  5. ^ "On Board brochure" (PDF). Brisbane Transport. June 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  6. ^ [ ttp://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/buses/buz-services BUZ services] Brsbane City Council
  7. ^ a b Jabour, Bridie (2011-10-31). "Brisbane buses: new routes 100, 180 for Forest Lake, Garden City". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  8. ^ a b Hurst, Daniel (2011-05-17). "Brisbane bus services boosted". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Buses Boost Frequency". Southern Star (1 ed.). 2004-01-21. p. 14. "New Bus Services" (1 ed.). 2004-11-03. p. 3. 
  10. ^ "New Bus Services". Southern Star (1 ed.). 2004-11-03. p. 3. 
  11. ^ "Bus Boost". Brisbane City News (1 ed.). 2006-02-16. p. 6. 
  12. ^ "BUZ Bus Bonanza". South East Advertiser (1 ed.). 2005-04-20. p. 5. 
  13. ^ a b Pidgeon, Aleisha (2012-05-16). "Bus Bonanza". CourierMail. Northside Chronicle (1 - ed.). p. 1. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  14. ^ Trenwith, Courtney (2010-04-11). "Brisbane's 24-hour buses hit the road". 
  15. ^ Feeny, Katherine (2013-02-12). "CityGlider spreads its wings".