Light rail for the Sunshine Coast

Light rail could be the way of the future in public transport on the Sunshine Coast, according to the State’s peak motoring body.

As reported in Brisbane Times, a Sunshine Coast Council light rail project has been identified as a future pillar of the region’s public transport system with its population expected to grow to 560,000 by 2041.

Sunshine Coast Councillor Rick Baberowski said the he hoped the light rail project, proposed to run between Maroochydore and Caloundra, would be up and running within a decade.

“We have 200,000 new residents coming here over the next 20 years and we are making a very serious commitment to light rail,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Providing public transport and the major infrastructure it requires is a State and Federal government responsibility and we need them to step up to join council in finding solutions to cope with our growth.”

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Club welcomed investment in public transport on the Sunshine Coast.

“Good quality public transport options just aren’t available on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Smith said.

“We’re looking forward to reviewing the business case for the light rail project once it’s completed – we think the project has the potential to enhance this growing region.”