PUBLIC transport received a boost last week when Brisbane City Council welcomed its 500th bus in four years.
At the same time it opened the Sherwood bus depot.
The new depot, located on Sherwood Rd, will provide bus parking, maintenance and refueling services for council buses.
The facility was designed and constructed to the highest environmental standards and is the first industrial building in Australia to achieve a five-star green design rating.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who was present at the opening, said vital infrastructure projects like these were needed to support the city's growth and keep Brisbane running.
Cr Quirk said buses were now so popular they consistently carried more passengers than the entire south-east Queensland rail network.
"With 500 new buses now on the road we're saving more than 52,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and reducing car trips by 27 million," he said.