No commuter caps for Qld public transport

There will be no cap on commuters or social distancing on Qld public transport amid travel easing.
There will be no cap on commuters or social distancing on Qld public transport amid travel easing.

There will be no cap on commuters or extra social distancing rules on Queensland public transport as workers return to offices and kids to school.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey says passenger numbers are down about 70 per cent due to coronavirus.

A slight increase is expected next week, as more staff head back to their workplaces and students in all year levels return to class.

Even so, the minister says there'll still be enough space on trains and buses to allow people to keep their distance.

"There's certainly a lot of space on public transport at the moment, so there's no problem in terms of social distancing," he told reporters on Friday.

Transport Workers Union Queensland secretary Peter Biagini says the behaviour of passengers will make or break the current trust system.

He says the union will push for commuter caps, and even physically taping off seats, if passengers don't abide by social distancing rules.

Public health safeguards already in place include cashless ticketing, rear door boarding on buses and tripled cleaning of trains.

Mr Bailey hopes people will also use their common sense to protect themselves.

"If you're about to get on a bus or a train carriage and it looks very crowded, it's probably best not to get on that one and maybe try another carriage or maybe wait for the next service."

Australian Associated Press