TransLink Seeks Feedback on Proposed Dogs on Ferries and CityCats Trial

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A trial that will allow pet owners to take their dogs on ferries and CityCats has been proposed, and TransLink customers are being asked to have their say.

The proposed trial, however, requires that dogs only travel during off-peak times; be in a carrier or on a lead and should be wearing a muzzle; and remain under the control of their handler at all times. 

“There will undoubtedly be different views on this — which is why I encourage anyone who catches a ferry or City Cat and has an interest in this to share their views,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

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“We want to get the right balance between customer comfort and safety while making sure there is space for dogs on ferries too.

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“TransLink will gather feedback through September with a view to starting the trial before the end of this year.

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Mr Bailey said that given that there are many places around the world where dogs are allowed on public transport, he believes that now is the right time for a trial of allowing dogs on Brisbane river ferries and see what the public thinks about it.

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Affected services of the proposed trial include CityCat, Kangaroo Point Cross River Ferry, Bulimba to Teneriffe Cross River Ferry, Norman Park to New Farm Park Cross River Ferry, and CityHopper.

The survey seeking feedback from the community, the ferry operator and other stakeholders, on how the trial should run will be open until 30 September.