Ain’t no valley low for Ripley public transport

05 February 2020

Residents in one of the south-east’s fastest growing communities are being invited to help shape the future of their public transport.

From 10 February 2020, the Palaszczuk Government will launch a survey for families in the area, asking them about how they currently use public transport and what they’d like to see in future, especially with the 531 bus service, which was launched last year.

Member for Jordan Charis Mullen said with the valley’s population expected to reach 120,000 over coming decades, public transport would be critical to supporting how families get to work, school and access local shops.

“The 531 has already proven hugely popular, connecting our community between Ripley and Yamanto plus links to Springfield Central station,” Ms Mullen said.

The service was introduced in 2019 as part of a five-year, $6.6 million investment by the Palaszczuk Government for the early delivery of public transport services in the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area.

“Any improvements to public transport will add to services like the newly introduced Spring Mountain bus 533, and the new 527 and 528 routes,” she said.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the results would be used together with commuter travel behaviours, needs, and expectations to inform future public transport planning.

“In just over one year, more than 18,000 trips have been taken on the Ripley Valley 531 route,” Ms Howard said.

“And with the Ripley Valley rapidly growing, we know travel behaviours and needs can change quickly – which is why we’re taking action now.”

The survey will run until Sunday, 1 March 2020.

To fill out the survey, head to between 10 February to 1 March 2020.