Free Rides Roll Out on the South Brisbane Bus Loop

Commuters now have an easy way to travel around different destinations in South Bank and West End through the South Brisbane Bus Loop, a part of the turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro project. Best of all, the bus rides are FREE!

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The new service, identified as Route 86, was launched to provide public transport access whilst works for Brisbane Metro have ramped up, with the loop travelling an anti-clockwise direction along Grey Street, Montague Road, Vulture St and Tribune St.

The free South Brisbane Bus Loop will run for 12 months beginning 23 January 2023, and will be accessible to the main retail centres on Boundary Street and the popular West End markets.

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Popular stops along the South Brisbane route will include the Cineplex at South Brisbane, the Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane Station / Cultural Centre, Davies Park and South Bank Busway.

“We know that we need to help people get around as construction on exciting projects, such as the turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro, ramps up,” Civic Cabinet Chair for Transport, Ryan Murphy said.

Cr Murphy said the free bus service will help alleviate traffic congestion and make it easy for people to visit these popular spots, whilst also supporting businesses on the route.

The turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro project, which is the first of its kind in Australia, will introduce a new fleet of 60 high-capacity fully-electric Metro vehicles that will coordinate with existing bus services, as part of a better-planned network.

Brisbane Metro artist impression (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)

Brisbane-based Volgren will deliver the fit out of the new Metro vehicles, which feature three-carriage design, four large double doors and a panoramic rear window, for taking advantage of city views. 

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Meanwhile, the free bus service is expected to operate every 10-15 minutes, 7 days a week between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

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