Buses to travel to Abel Point

WHITSUNDAY Transit's new bus timetable takes effect on July 5 – and includes services to Abel Point marina.

Other changes include early connections from Proserpine and an improved after-dark service.

The new timetable has been two years in the planning.

It incorporates demands from local businesses, the Whitsunday Regional Council, local tourism bodies and the travelling public.

The planning for this update has involved state government officials, regional and state representatives of Queensland Transport, professionals of Queensland's Q-Connect services and passenger transport industry experts.

The conductor for this composition of new times was Sharon Roberts of Trapeze Austrics – the Australian division of one of the largest network scheduling companies in the world.

Darren Crossley and his team at Whitsunday Transit provided fine-tuning to clarify local conditions and keep local commuters' needs foremost.

Operations Manager at Whitsunday Transit, Stephen O'Neill, said about seven different versions were made of the timetable, each being an improvement on the one before.

Using the data supplied by Trapeze Austrics, Whitsunday Transit appraised each version's efficiency after adding specific requirements such as ferry connections and school commitments.

“One of the most important features of the new timetable is that, beyond satisfying current demand for services efficiently, there is also room to accommodate future population growth and the expansion of retail hubs,” Mr O'Neill said.

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