Brisbane City Bus Network
Brisbane City Council Bus Accessibility
The Brisbane City Council buses are now all wheelchair accessible. The older non-accessible buses are meant to be replaced with low-floor buses to allow level access through the front door instead of steps. A ramp is lowered by the driver at the front of the bus for wheelchair access.
The Brisbane City Council buses are electrically lowered at the front to allow easy access for when the ramp is lowered. Buses have two assigned spaces for wheelchairs and mobility aids on each side of the bus towards the front. Mobility aids must not exceed 130cm long, 80cm wide and max 300kg.
I have had a few incidents when traveling on Brisbane City buses in the past where buses weren’t accessible due to steps. We normally caught the bus into the hospital and on a few occasions were left behind because the bus wasn’t accessible. So I am excited to hear the Brisbane City Council has replaced those older buses now with the accessible ones and are focusing on a more accessible bus network.
We have also had a few incidents where the buses were full and we were unable to board. If its at a peak time this is no huge issue and normally another bus isn’t too far away. But it does become frustrating when the wait is fairly long and the assigned wheelchair seating is full by able-bodies who rushed on board before you.
When catching any sort of public transport I recommend plenty of time just in case things don’t go to plan and you are left waiting for the next service.
Depending on the bus driver some bus journeys can be a bit rough. I have had my wheelchair start sliding even with my breaks on. It is anyways a good idea to try and secure yourself as best as possible to try and avoid from sliding or even tipping. If its a particular rough journey sometimes its best to just remind the bus driver nicely a wheelchair is on board and to take it easy.
Bus Stop Accessibility Upgrades
Not all Brisbane City Bus Stops are easily wheelchair accessible. Most major bus stops have easy accessible stops, but a number of smaller bus stops in the suburbs have limited access. Some wheelchair users might require assistance at stops that are on un-level ground and have other obstacles that might restrict easy access.
The Council is reviewing Brisbane’s bus stops to determine which stops they can upgrade to improve accessibility. The accessible bus stop upgrades around Brisbane is meant to be completed by 2022.
The Brisbane City Council accepts the carer companion card for carers to travel free on all public transport. Paper Tickets can be purchased on the bus from the driver or via a go card. For more information regarding Brisbane City Council bus accessibility and services don’t forget to head over to the Brisbane City Council and Translink websites.
In my opinion I give the Brisbane City Council Bus Network a rating of 4 for wheelchair accessibility, and a rating of 3 stars for the overall experience .
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*