The success of the Go Noosa transport initiatives over Christmas will see the trials continue during this Easter holiday period.
Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie said the trials will begin at the start of the Queensland school holidays on 6 April and run for three weeks.
“With Easter Monday on 22 April and Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April, we expect people will extend their holidays so we’d like the free buses and other initiatives to be available over three weeks.”
“Almost 204,000 locals and visitors used the free buses over the Christmas holidays, saving approximately 100,000 car trips. This greatly reduced traffic and emissions.”
A free Go Noosa App will provide information on bus timetables, scooter and bike parking, bike paths, walking tracks plus carparking and traffic levels in the Hastings St precinct.
The Noosa Heads Lions Park will again be available for additional parking.
Traffic controllers will also help prioritise buses and pedestrians in Noosa Heads.
Digital road-side information boards will again provide real-time traffic and parking information on major road entry points. Data from last Christmas revealed 40% of survey respondents used these road-side information boards to inform their travel choices.
Car parking limits at Noosa Junction will be extended from 3 hours to 6 hours to support the Park and Ride service from this precinct.
“The positive response to the Christmas trials created the momentum to use Easter to collect even more data. We will use the information to decide what works well and what can be improved,” Cr Wilkie said.
Go Noosa is a collaboration between Council, Translink, and Sunbus. It is supported by Zero Emissions Noosa, the Hastings Street Association, Noosa Junction Traders Association, Tourism Noosa, Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association and other stakeholders.
“All of the initiatives support Council’s Transport Strategy priorities. These include the use of new technology, park-and-ride services, plus better parking management as well as support for sustainable transport modes including bicycles.”
For more information on the trials visit noosa.qld.gov.au/go-noosa.