Uni students travel for free
GYMPIE University of the Sunshine Coast students will now be able to hop on a free bus to get to campus.
The buses and express shuttle buses will take students from Gympie, Cooroy and North Lakes this semester.
USC trialled a free bus service for Noosa students last semester and has now decided to extend the trial to other fast-growing areas in neighbouring regions.
The once-daily services from Noosa (via Coolum), Gympie (via Cooroy) and North Lakes (via Caboolture) are set to begin on Monday, February 20.
Each bus will arrive at the University campus at Sippy Downs about 7.45am each week day of semester and depart USC about 5.10pm.
USC vice-chancellor Greg Hill said the new bus services were part of a university bid to encourage greater use of sustainable transport options.
"We are putting on these new bus services to support our students from Gympie and Moreton Bay council areas where an increasing number of our students are from," he said.
"We are the only full-service university campus in the region, with 8000 students, and we want to help our students get here."
The Gympie bus will start outside the Centro Shopping Centre (corner Excelsior Rd and Perseverance St) at 6.30am and stop once at Cooroy (corner Elm and Opal Sts) on its way to USC.
USC also plans to fund new direct TransLink bus services from Sippy Downs to Caloundra and Nambour at 9pm each week night of the semester.
Direct services to these centres at present finish about 6pm, with passengers having to travel via Maroochydore after that time.
The university's innovative U-pass scheme, which has already provided thousands of students with subsidised bus travel, is set to continue this semester.
For the shuttle bus timetables and more details about USC's sustainable transport efforts, go to the USC website at www.usc.edu.au/transport.