- Last updated:
- 02 Dec 2016
Imagine a fast, frequent, high-quality light rail service along the Sunshine Coast.
Council is undertaking a feasibility study for a light rail system between Maroochydore and Caloundra. Eventually the system could link most major destinations and attractions along the coast and connect with buses and trains.
During 2013 council completed the initial round of feasibility studies, which were part-funded by the Commonwealth Government. The study focused on the busy coastal area from Maroochydore to Caloundra with the initial staging for the project likely to be between the Maroochydore City Centre and the new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital at Kawana. Initial studies have provided the framework for route options that were the subject of community consultation during November 2014.
As part of the Light Rail feasibility study process, council prepared the document Sunshine Coast Light Rail: Shaping Our Future. It provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities that light rail could provide in shaping the future of the Sunshine Coast. It was released in October 2014 as part of council’s community consultation on the light rail project.
Seeking the community’s views on the route options through Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, council conducted community consultation in late 2014. Embracing the opportunity to comment on the proposed light rail route options, more than 700 submissions were received during the four week public display period with 87% of respondents in support of council’s investigations into light rail.
On 1 July 2015, council released the results of its light rail consultation. Based on community feedback and a technical review of various route options, the report recommends an indicative route between Maroochydore and Caloundra that will form the basis for further engineering and costing investigations.
Where to from here
During 2015, research, planning and investigation for the proposed light rail service will be undertaken with funding of $750,000 from council’s Transport Levy.
There will be more opportunities to have input before a final decision about a light rail network is made. Register to receive updates as council moves forward with this exciting project!
For more information contact the Light Rail project office via council’s customer service centre.