LETTER OF THE DAY: Residents lose in bus bypass of Bli Bli
READER COMMENT: TRANSLINK, Sunbus and Sunshine Coast Council need to take note of how Bli Bli continues to expand, with new residential developments increasing the population and demand on infrastructure.
Council continues to approve development without providing commensurate transport infrastructure.
So the demise of the second bus, the 622 through Bli Bli, to and from Noosa and Maroochydore via the airport, seems a little premature and short-sighted.
What were they thinking?
Aged-care centres like Edgewater and other nursing homes, where the elderly rely on public transport to and from shops and medical centres, have been denied a choice. The hourly bus, the only alternative, the 612 run from Maroochydore to Nambour, cannot accommodate locals wanting local shops and services at River Markets, or fast access to the airport.
This was possible with the 622. Not only the elderly have been forgotten, but also the hundreds of new residents at Cutters Ridge and Parklakes.
This is a popular, family orientated area. For the five minutes it took to detour the 622 bus to and from Maroochydore, and for the sake of those heading north, the local Bli Bli residents have been denied a second choice.
No longer able to stop outside River Markets, locals are forced to cross from the castle, on a very busy and dangerous intersection without lights.
Bring back the alternative 622 run via Bli Bli.