New School Bus Routes Announced for 2024

Students in Pallara, Heathwood, and Forest Lake will have access to expanded school bus services starting 2024. New services will be added, whilst some existing routes will see adjustments.

Read: Pallara State School Among Brisbane Schools Facing Enrollment Surge

From 22 January 2024, the 803 bus route serving the Pallara area will offer two morning pick-up times from Brookbent Rd – 7:38 a.m. and 7:43 a.m. The afternoon 803 service will depart Pallara State School at 2:50 p.m.

The 804 route from Heathwood to Pallara State School will continue without changes.

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Additionally, a new route 777 will be added to provide service between Pallara, Heathwood and Forest Lake High and St Johns. This route will have a morning pick-up at 7:30 a.m. from Brookbent Rd, with stops along several roads before reaching Pallara School at approximately 7:50 a.m.

In the afternoon, the 777 route will leave High Street in Forest Lake at 2:40 p.m., stop at Pallara School at 2:50 p.m., and reach its final stop back at Brookbent Rd by 3:13 p.m.

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Finally, adjustments have been made to the district’s 789 route from Heathwood to Corinda High. The morning bus is scheduled to arrive at Corinda High School at 8:14am. Return buses are set to depart Corinda High at 3:05 p.m. and 3:10 p.m., passing through the Parkwood Dr/Watergum St stop between 3:46-3:51 p.m.

Read: Six New and Permanent Pallara Bus Stops Ready By December 2022

The expanded bus service represents a victory for the Pallara community after years of insufficient public transportation options for students. A few years ago, with no school buses available, some families were even resorting to Uber rides to get their children to and from school each day. 

Although there were some TransLink stops along local streets, residents reported that buses rarely actually stopped to pick up riders. Now, thanks to advocacy efforts like community petitions that led to six new permanent bus stops built in 2022, the area will benefit from multiple new and improved routes.

Families are encouraged to review the updated routes via TransLink’s website as they plan transportation needs for the 2024 academic year.

Published 28-December-2023 

Transport Department Launches Initiative To Improve Safety For Bus Drivers

A call to improve safety for bus drivers in Brisbane, especially for those who drive in problematic routes across Forest Lake and Inala, have finally been heard, following the announcement of Queensland’s new network officer strategy.

Read: Notorious Forest Lake Blvd and Rudyard St Intersection to Get Safety Upgrade

In January 2023, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced that bus drivers will be protected with full safety barriers and that Queensland Police Service will focus on public transport services in the Brisbane metropolitan area.

This comes after some bus drivers started boycotting the routes due to attacks from gangs in the area, after being spat on and even having human faeces thrown on them.

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RTBU members with Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey (Photo credit: RTBU QLD Branch)

Because of the incident, Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) issued a safety notice to members advising them of their rights to be safe at work.

“It is widely known that the 100/110 bus routes servicing Inala and Forest Lake are the most dangerous routes in the Transport for Brisbane Network,” RTBU QLD Branch said.

The union added that on 8 January, an RTBU Member was assaulted twice by an organised gang. Authorities were required to stop the 100 service altogether due to the uncontrolled violence and chaos created by the gangs that were present that night.

The new network officer strategy that would improve safety for bus drivers is part of the Queensland Government’s $64.7 million commitment for public transport over the next five years.

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This would mark the first time that police will patrol Queensland’s bus network. They will also be deployed across Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Logan.

RTBU said this is a big step in the right direction and they are looking forward to working closely with Translink in the delivery of the new initiative.

Read: Would Public Transport Be Able To Keep Pace With Pallara’s Booming Population?

For the meantime, there’s a mobile unit in the area constantly monitoring the situation all day as well as a team sent over from Translink who are on duty from 6:00 p.m. every night.