Bus run’s future still in doubt but trial underway
PURSERS Coaches drove its first return trip to Caboolture yesterday, but the future of the service is still in doubt.
Now Brisbane Bus Lines has handed over the service, Pursers Coaches director Andrew Dascombe has taken cost cutting measures by only running buses five days a week and leaving earlier to save on salary costs.
The running costs will be scrutinised to assess the longevity of the service, following reports Brisbane Bus Lines was losing $3000 a week.
"That's why we got the three-month trial," Mr Dascombe said
For the service to continue, Mr Dascombe said financial assistance from the government was essential.
"Every other business in Queensland gets some sort of subsidy, I think the local MPs have to come forward," he said.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said more than 20 passenger were aboard the bus yesterday.
"If the community wants the service to remain, they need to demonstrate support by using the service," Cr Kratzmann said.
State Government financial assistance grants are assessed case by case, taking into consideration patronage, value for money for taxpayers and budget availability and existing access to essential goods and services, a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said.
Pursers Coaches will leave Murgon at 7am and leave Caboolture at 4.30pm to arrive back in Murgon by 7.30pm.