I have to say that I am impressed with the Brisbane public transport system.
Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland. It is built on the banks of the winding Brisbane River, and it is a very attractive city to visit. I have experienced its peak hour traffic on previous visits, which is as you would expect in a reasonably sized city, very busy and, at times, painfully slow.
On my last visit, I decided to forgo a car and travel everywhere by public transport, and found it to be a relatively easy and inexpensive way to get around. My views are those of an infrequent visitor, so I do understand that those who live in the city may have some issues with the public transport facilities, but from my meagre experience the system seemed to work very well.
My journey actually started on the Gold Coast, where I boarded the Brisbane train from Robina station. This experience was a good exercise in efficiency as I boarded the bus for the station almost outside the hotel in which I was staying and although it followed a convoluted route, it is a local bus after all, it dropped me right at the station where I had just a short wait for the train to Brisbane.
This is where I first heard of the Brisbane train services implementing the quiet carriage concept. This means that the second and second last carriages on each train are deemed to be quiet carriages where mobile phones and load talking are shunned, and passengers are asked to keep quiet to respect the peace of other travellers.
I’m not certain that Queenslanders are particularly noisy travellers,but the carriages in which I travelled, I tried normal and quiet carriages, didn’t seem to have much variation in the number of decibels of noise experienced in each carriage.
I’m not aware of this system of quiet carriages operating anywhere else in the world, and I am unsure as why boisterous behaviour should be perceived to be any worse in Brisbane than anywhere else in the world, but if the authorities want to nominate a couple of carriages top be havens from noise, it can’t seem to do much harm.
Many of the Brisbane suburban carriages also have WiFi, and the fleet seems to be well maintained.
Travelling on Brisbane’s trains was a pleasure, and I’d like to rave on them a lot more – but I can’t shout their praises too much from the comfort of this seat in one of the quiet carriages.