Started by ozbob, August 15, 2012, 10:08:23 AM
QuoteSUNSHINE Coast ratepayers will be expected to pay a higher transport levy to help bolster the coffers for the proposed $2 billion light rail link between Caloundra and Maroochydore. Mayor Mark Jamieson, unveiling the proposed network routes for community comment yesterday, said the increase was necessary. The council is seeking feedback on the route options through Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. Cr Jamieson said it would be "delinquent" of the Sunshine Coast not to think of light rail and its funding. He acknowledged that public transport was a state government responsibility, but said the council needed to be involved. The council would look at contributing towards the project from its Transport Futures Fund, which uses funds from the $20 per ratepayer transport levy. RELATED: Council seeks your input on light rail network options Cr Jamieson did not say when the levy might be increased. He said it would be considered as part of budget deliberations. Gold Coast Council increased ratepayer contributions to its transport fund so it had a "war chest" to pay for its recently opened light rail system, Cr Jamieson said. "Sunshine Coast residents should be prepared for the same sort of thing." A Gold Coast Council spokesman said the council contributed $120 million to its $1.6 billion light rail project. Its transport levy was increased to $111 in 2009, with a portion used to fund light rail. It was increased again this financial year to $117. The Sunshine Coast Council has already spent $2 million on an extensive feasibility study. A comprehensive report is expected by December next year. The Federal Government contributed $400,000 towards the study. Cr Jamieson said light rail was about "improving the liveability and prosperity of the region". "Light rail is recognised as a mode of transport that has many benefits beyond its role as a transport service and is currently operating or being planned and built in hundreds of cities around the world, including in Australia," he said. If the feasibility study proves the project is viable, construction of the first phase could start in 2022 and be operational by 2025.
Quote from: red dragin on November 04, 2014, 16:54:18 PM$117 per year and you get a shiny new light rail system.$400 per year and you get lots of empty buses....
Quote from: ozbob on November 13, 2014, 10:11:16 AMSunshine Coast Daily --> Light-rail proponent got figures badly wrong: Main RoadsThis is about the ' mag-lev ' ..
Quote from: bcasey on November 13, 2014, 10:23:23 AMQuote from: ozbob on November 13, 2014, 10:11:16 AMSunshine Coast Daily --> Light-rail proponent got figures badly wrong: Main RoadsThis is about the ' mag-lev ' ..Yeah, that article's title is a bit misleading. Anyone who just looks at the title and doesn't read the article, or doesn't understand the difference between a mag-lev monorail and traditional ground-level light rail might get the wrong impression.
Quote from: Arnz on November 30, 2015, 15:32:11 PMMy suggested route is in this link. I've took parts of the SC Council's options, as well as following parts of the 607 and most of the Northern (Mooloolaba-Maroochydore) end of the 600. While this option may miss most of the Caloundra beaches (instead going via Stockland Shopping Centre, Caloundra High School, and the Caloundra Private Hospital instead), feeders and/or even a modified Route 600 could feed it into parts of the LR route.https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zjlSvb-9yHB0.kqV4V3upGNw4&usp=sharing
Quote from: SurfRail on November 30, 2015, 17:04:06 PMI think that route has slightly too many kinks in it for a light rail line. Aim should be to keep it as straight as possible.It also seems to avoid a lot of major drawcards like the Bulcock St precinct in Caloundra, and most of the beachfront areas between there and Currimundi.The weakness of some of the Gold Coast proposals put out today are that they do not in any way reduce the need to serve the GC Hwy corridor with its most frequent bus routes, and some of the proposals above are suffering from the same issue for places like Nicklin Way and Aerodrome Rd.The development of Kawana doesn't particularly help I will admit - the whole thing is off-line.
QuoteNambour to Maroochydore has the existing half-hourly Route 610 route, which would serve its current functions for now and in the long term. The only thing that may justify a extension is the expansion of the current operating hours of the 610 route. Perhaps have the last service depart Maroochydore after 9pm on weekdays?I agree a Nambour to Maroochydore LR link would be very expensive and considering the rural nature and cross-country function of the existing 610 route, the high costs of the LR wouldn't justify the construction between M'Dore and Nambour.
Quote from: SurfRail on November 30, 2015, 18:38:27 PMI think the difficulty with Caloundra was recognised and is immediately apparent when you look at what was proposed for CoastConnect - the real on road infrastructure only started on Nicklin Way.One of many reasons I still think heavy rail to Caloundra and then to Maroochydore, with frequent local buses shadowing it closer to the coastline would still be the preferred way to do it.
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