While there is significant investment in road and transport infrastructure in South East Queensland, the transport system must be used efficiently to achieve maximum benefit from this investment.
More efficient operation of transport systems can provide greater productivity from the existing system at a relatively low cost, through the use of intelligent transport systems, application of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) facilities and quick clearance of broken down vehicles.
There are a range of measures for improving the management of urban motorways that can improve the flow of car and freight traffic, increase road capacity, improve vehicle fuel efficiency, and help combat congestion.
Transit and Bus lane enforcement
In 2009 amendments were made to the Transport Operations Road Use Management (TORUM) Act 1995 to allow Transport and Main Roads Transport Inspectors to undertake enforcement of transit and bus lanes. This enforcement commenced in May 2010 on transit and bus lanes in South East Queensland.
Transit and bus lanes enable improved travel time and reliability for those commuters making sustainable choices by catching buses and carpooling.
Proper use of transit and bus lanes will mean more reliable travel times, allow our roads to carry more people and help create a greener Brisbane.
Know the rules for driving in transit and bus lanes
Buses, taxis, bicycles, limousines, motorcycles, cars carrying two or more people (including the driver) can travel in a T2 lane.
Buses, taxis, bicycles, limousines, motorcycles, cars carrying three or more people (including the driver) can travel in a T3 lane.
Buses, taxis, bicycles and limousines can travel in a bus lane.
If you don’t fit one of these categories, you can drive for up to 100 metres in a bus or transit lane if you need to:
- enter or leave the road
- overtake a vehicle that is turning right, making a u-turn from the centre of the road or giving a change of direction signal.
Drivers who don’t comply with the rules for using transit and bus lanes can be fined A$100. A maximum penalty of A$2000 can be imposed by a court.
Success so far
The Brisbane Metropolitan Transport Management Centre* was opened in early 2007. In its first 18 months of operation, the centre is estimated to have contributed A$27 million to easing congestion.
Other state government initiatives to increase travel efficiency
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