Started by ozbob, August 15, 2012, 10:08:23 AM
QuoteThe only place on the Sunshine Coast where light rail would be suited is between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba along Alexandra Pde and Sixth Ave. Caloundra is probably too hilly. You would obviously never build light rail to Nambour let alone Landsborough and Beerwah.CoastConnect is a far better proposal as it would serve more of the city. There would be three high-frequency routes running between Caloundra and Maroochydore and one between Maroochydore and Noosa.
QuoteSUNSHINE Coast Council's study into the potential of light rail received further industry recognition at the recent Planning Institute of Australia's (PIA) 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence in Queensland.The Sunshine Coast Light Rail: Shaping our Future report, prepared by design firm Hassell in conjunction with Council's light rail team, recently won the state award in the 'Best Planning Ideas-Large Regional or Urban Project' category.Planning Institute of Australia State President Kate Isles said this year's winners included an array of exceptional projects that had benefitted millions of Queensland residents and businesses."This year's winners have made active and positive contributions to Queensland and our way of life," Ms Isles said ..
QuoteSunshine Coast DailyTHE Bruce Highway is a nightmare.As a highway it is a joke.When one needs to leave four and five hours before a flight from Brisbane Airport, things are getting ridiculous.If there is an accident at the Caloundra turn-off, expect to be sitting in a queue for up to five hours or more.Nearly every government that gets elected promises to upgrade the highway and here we are still waiting for the improvements to appear.We hear a lot about innovations, so why not build a mono-rail system from the Coast into the airport and city?It could run along the highway and not require a lot of extra land to install it.An efficient system could be bought from Japan and the result would be reduced traffic into the city and on the highway.
QuoteSunshine Coast DailyI DISAGREE with Keith Whiteside (Daily, January 26 - "Light rail a solution for the highway mess").Light rail is a suburban tram service and not a long distance mass people mover like railways.Within 50 years, south-east Queensland from Noosa to Brisbane, will be suburban development with maybe a million people living between the sea and hills and experience shows that traffic infrastructure between the Gold Coast andBrisbane is inadequate, government and councils north of Brisbane are about to repeat this debacle.Keith, the light rail is what you see serving the Gold Coast internally and has nothing to do with the Pacific Hwy, therefore your letter supporting a tram service will not solve the traffic problems between Noosa and Brisbane.A double-line, heavy passenger rail looping between Caloundra to Noosaville along the David Lowe Way and motorway, looping through Cooroy back to Brisbane will, I suggest, be the only real people moving solution for this region in the long term.Trains every half hour travelling clockwise and anti-clockwise for workers and tourists could move hundreds of thousands of people daily.This planning and infrastructure, if completed, will be the envy of those on the Gold Coast who are trapped with what they have and very limited expansion.Government, planners and residents must look over the 20 year horizon and beyond 50 years.We are paying the penalty now for the failures of the past 50 years. We must demand from council and government definite long-term planning for transport above the inwards-looking urban expansion we have been dealt with from Beattie and others in Brisbane.ROBERT BUICK, Mountain Creek
QuoteTHE mooted $2 billion Sunshine Coast light rail system could be expedited by years through new private investment funding measures.The Sunshine Coast Council is investigating setting up a public-private partnership or using "value capture" funding to start the project earlier and potentially reduce its costs ...
QuoteIT'S ONE of the foundations of any future success for the new Maroochydore CBD and a transport system that could be the Coast's game-changer.Light-rail has been hailed as a potential saviour for the Coast from the onset of urban sprawl, enabling higher-density living along a designated transport corridor.That's the view of one of the men driving the project, Maroochydore Revitalisation Association president James Birrell.He said he suggested the project back in 2006, aware of the future growth headed to the region and the damaging effects of urban sprawl on natural environments."For me it's a game-changer," he said."It's hugely important for the area to connect the whole of the Coast up with a dedicated, rapid transport system."It's a huge economic benefit and lifestyle benefit to the whole region."SunCentral CEO John Knaggs was very strongly supportive of any infrastructure on the Coast and said it was fundamental in underpinning the success of any new urban centre.He said the whole region would reap the benefits of a new transport system servicing the future Maroochydore CBD."Investment in PT (public transport) is critical," Mr Knaggs said.Living Choice Kawana Island retirement village manager Russ Dunston said light-rail wouldn't have a dramatic effect on his residents in terms of access to medical facilities and the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital given they already had designated transport.But he said there would be huge benefits in the connectivity for residents wishing to travel to the future city centre or eventually, use a light-rail network with a heavy-rail connection to travel to and from Brisbane."If they could go somewhere very near and jump on a train to Brisbane, that'd be wonderful," he said.Sunshine Coast Council is currently planning for a light-rail network with the first stage of light rail between Maroochydore and Kawana hoped to commence by 2025.Preliminary studies have identified preferred routes, with the proposed network's preferred routes identified by the community.The proposed network would come at a cost of about $2 billion- roughly $90 million per kilometre.Mr Birrell said light-rail would work best when part of a fully-integrated transport network, enabling higher-density living around transport nodes.He estimated about 100,000-200,000 extra people could be accommodated along a major transport corridor if done well.
QuoteSeven years after the GFC dealt a major blow to the Sunshine Coast, the region is well and truly back in business.Projects such as the $1.8 billion university hospital, the Sunshine Coast airport expansion and development of the new Maroochydore CBD have buoyed business confidence – but a vital piece of the puzzle remains orphaned on the sideline.There needs to be a clearer government commitment to improving the public transport network serving Australia's 10th largest city.Its passenger rail line currently connects smaller hinterland communities, while coastal centres such as Maroochydore and Caloundra are only served by buses.The inadequacy of public transport infrastructure investment on the Sunshine Coast is well known. It is considered to be the least well-serviced urban area of its size and significance in Australia.And as demographer and commentator Bernard Salt detailed in his recent Sunshine Coast report, the chronic underinvestment has not stopped the region's population from surging to 340,000 today.Politicians, planners and decision makers can no longer afford to ignore the region's transport needs.The state government's draft SEQ Regional Plan, now being finalised following public consultation, envisages the Sunshine Coast will receive a huge increase in population to 560,000 by 2041.Furthermore, 64 per cent of new homes will be built on "infill" sites, mostly in the Maroochydore-Caloundra corridor.The plan states that these homes will be built around a "passenger transport trunk corridor" – but sheds no light on what transport will be provided, or more importantly what strategic transport investment would be transformational and act as a catalyst for significant city-shaping.The answer must be a light rail system connecting Maroochydore's new CBD with Mooloolaba, Kawana, Caloundra and many points in between.The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has conducted a light rail feasibility study and the arguments in its favour are compelling. Crucially, by connecting urban centres to employment hubs such as Maroochydore and Kawana, light rail would preserve the Sunshine Coast's precious lifestyle and natural environment.Compared with relentless investment in roads, light rail is cost-efficient and over time can significantly improve urban development along its route. A funding mechanism which captures part of this additional value would help make light rail more financially viable.Crucially, by connecting urban centres to employment hubs such as Maroochydore and Kawana, light rail would preserve the Sunshine Coast's precious lifestyle and natural environment.The Coast is perfectly suited to light rail. Almost 90 per cent of its workforce is employed locally and as a "linear" city, it can be served by one line and potentially use part of the state government's already gazetted public transport corridor.For proof of its suitability, look no further than the Gold Coast. Last year the G:link carried 640,000 people a month and a third stage to Burleigh Heads is now planned.The benefits of light rail are well known internationally and Sydney, Parramatta, Canberra and Newcastle are all joining the light rail renaissance. The ACT is a city of similar size and current density to the Sunshine Coast and demonstrates how a local administration is able to plan, fund and deliver a light rail project in partnership with all levels of government and the private sector.But the most compelling argument for Sunshine Coast light rail is to imagine a future without it.Without action, the number of car journeys in the region will increase by 60 per cent by 2031.The additional traffic will damage the Coast's environment, quality of life and economy. The rail-public transport corridor into the heart of the Maroochydore city centre, existing since 1997, and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's connecting light rail plan, present real opportunities to harness private sector interest in the delivery of regional infrastructure on the Coast.A smart, 21st-century integrated public transport system and the infrastructure delivery options that go with it, will not only connect communities, reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment, it will also create jobs, attract investment and generate growth.It's time to set the infrastructure in train that will allow the Sunshine Coast to realise its potential.Michael Kerry was responsible for all urban planning and infrastructure for the City of Brisbane for 12 years, including South Bank and Springfield. He is currently a Director of SunCentral Maroochydore, the company tasked with designing and delivering the new CBD on the Sunshine Coast.
Quote from: Cazza on April 17, 2017, 09:37:43 AMBut won't the Maroochydore Rail Line end up following a similar corridor? I'm not criticising the idea, it's just that heavy rail would be competing against light rail. Also, it would be beneficial to extend the light rail to the airport as it is just across the river (only 1-2km from Maroochydore (Sunshine) Plaza.
QuoteTHE State Government says the future of heavy rail on the Coast remains protected but it's unclear whether it will be superseded by light rail plans progressing for the region.A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the Caboolture to Maroochydore Corridor Study (CAMCOS) remained protected, and had been since 2001, but the time frame for construction and commissioning of public transport along the corridor remained "subject to future funding consideration".Meanwhile feasibility studies on a light rail system eventually running from Caloundra to the Sunshine Coast Airport look likely to be finalised and returned to the council in the next month or two.Division 4 Councillor John Connolly said he was unable to provide much information about the plans at this stage, but was hearing positive news about the new transport system which could run along the spine of the Coast.He said the studies were due back "mid-year" so expected those to be returning to the council soon.Property resumptions have been carried out along Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba, in anticipation of the light rail, while negotiations between the council and the Department for 'old' CAMCOS land in the new Maroochydore CBD have also been held.The Department spokeswoman said the CAMCOS corridor had been protected within the new CBD.The Daily understands light rail plans are being considered for within a 10-year timeline, with Kawana-Maroochydore the preferred first stage.
QuoteSunshine Coast ratepayers will have to shell out an additional $15 a year as the city adopts a "rail or fail" plan that would emulate the Gold Coast's light rail.With its population expected to grow to 560,000 by 2041, light rail for the growing region has been identified as a future "backbone" to the Sunshine Coast's public transport system.Sunshine Coast Council endorsed the increase in the annual transport levy, which would bring it to $42 a year, at its meeting on Thursday.The increase to the levy would add about $2 million to the council's Transport Futures Fund coffers.The council's transport portfolio councillor Rick Baberowski said the TFF would focus on delivering the Sunshine Coast light rail project, which was hoped to be up and running between Maroochydore and Caloundra 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," he 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."Through the Transport Futures Fund, we will be putting a contribution on the table as tangible evidence of council's support for light rail – its planning and implementation."We are no less of a priority than other regions experiencing sizeable growth."We should not be left behind. It is at the point where it is rail or fail."Cr Baberowski said the levy would raise about $5.7 million this year, which would take the TFF to about $9 million.That would primarily cover planning, as the project itself would be too ambitious to the council to pursue alone.For example, the initial 13-kilometre section of the Gold Coast's light rail system, G:Link, cost an estimated $1.6 billion.
QuoteLIGHT rail has the overwhelming support of Sunshine Coast residents according to the results of consultation published in the working draft of the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project Strategic Business Case.After undertaking two stages of community feedback, 87 per cent of respondents admitted to rarely or never using public transport, with only two per cent who used it daily.However, 81 per cent agreed the reliance on cars needed to be reduced and strongly supported the need to increase public transport.Key responses found the main deterrents from public transport were poor accessibilty and inconvenient frequencies.Community consultation from June and July last year found 97 per cent of respondents supported the council's actions for further investment in transport and of those 77 per cent supported investment in light rail to help manage the growth impacts and maintain lifestyle. The report found the majority of respondents agreed that travel behaviour change was critical and the community had a significant role to play.
QuoteSUNSHINE Coast mayor Mark Jamieson has hit out at the State Government for failing the region on public transport infrastructure.Mr Jamieson said yesterday's Sunshine Coast Daily coverage of the draft strategic business case for a Coast integrated public transport solution, which includes light rail, failed to address one fact."Council has been working on the feasibility study, route development and strategic business case for some time - because the State Government has failed to do so," Cr Jamieson said."The responsibility for the public transport network on the Sunshine Coast resides with the Queensland Government, as is the case elsewhere in south east Queensland. Yet the State Government has not seen fit to invest in, or support, the delivery of a much needed public transport network in our region."He said the development of a strategic business case was the is a precursor to developing a detailed business case."The detailed business case is estimated by Council to cost $15 million," Cr Jamieson said. "Again Council has gone beyond what it should have to do and has agreed to meet half the cost of the detailed business case, if the State will contribute 50% of that cost - particularly given this solution would be part of the State's network."I have now formally made this request of the Premier on four occasions since April 3 2018 to contribute 50% (up to $7.5 million) towards the estimated cost of the detailed business case. Council will again make this request of the Premier as part of its 2019 State Budget submission."Council does not consider this to be an unreasonable request of the State Government, given the critical need in this region for a sustainable, reliable and integrated public transport solution and the investments in public transport that the Queensland Government has been prepared to make elsewhere."It is also noted that based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the Sunshine Coast contributes approximately $1.5 billion each year in taxation revenue to the Queensland Government. The contribution that Council is seeking from the State Government towards the cost of the detailed business case for the preferred public transport solution - which is ultimately their responsibility - represents a return of just 0.5% of what our Sunshine Coast residents and businesses contribute every year to the State Government.
QuoteA MASS transport solution to encourage more infill development on the coastal strip appears set to take its next major step towards fruition.Councillors will meet next week to consider the strategic business case for a Sunshine Coast mass transit system.The preferred options remains light rail, but all options and technologies will be considered, as part of the next stage of planning and investigation.The draft strategic business case was released publicly on Friday afternoon, and showed the first stage would be best from Maroochydore to Kawana, via Mooloolaba and Birtinya.Mayor Mark Jamieson said the study had found about 90 per cent of trips on the Coast were local, and on average only a distance of 10km.The draft strategic business case is the first of three phases.If endorsed, the next phase will involve finalising the preliminary business case, which was already under way and due to be brought to council early next year.Once that was passed, the council and State Government would chip in $7.5 million each to develop a detailed business case.The mass transit system forms the base of a plan to accelerate urban consolidation and infill development in the existing urban corridor.Cr Jamieson warned the region risked "choking on our own success" if a mass transit system wasn't delivered.He said he was confident they would "get the right results" with this project, and he wanted the first stage from Maroochydore to Kawana to be operational by 2026.Cr Jamieson said the CAMCOS corridor was too far removed from the major urban areas, but said other technology, including autonomous travel, trackless trams and others would be considered, alongside light rail.He said the specific heights and densities would be considered over time."But clearly to make it work, make it pay, you would need higher densification along the Nicklin Way, for instance," Cr Jamieson said. A MASS transport solution to encourage more infill development on the coastal strip appears set to take its next major step towards fruition.Councillors will meet next week to consider the strategic business case for a Sunshine Coast mass transit system.The preferred options remains light rail, but all options and technologies will be considered, as part of the next stage of planning and investigation.The draft strategic business case was released publicly on Friday afternoon, and showed the first stage would be best from Maroochydore to Kawana, via Mooloolaba and Birtinya.Mayor Mark Jamieson said the study had found about 90 per cent of trips on the Coast were local, and on average only a distance of 10km.He said shifting industrial sectors out of Nicklin Way to make way for residential developments would also have to be considered, as it would give people better access to the possible light rail.He added the mass transit system was the responsibility of the State Government.Cr Jamieson said a mass transit system would help tackle congestion, which was driving down productivity, while also making affordable housing more realistic, as residents opted for residences without garages for cars."There's a profound amount of benefit attached," he said.He said it was preferred to adding lanes on the already-struggling Nicklin Way."And again I think we can look to the Gold Coast and the great success they've enjoyed from their light rail and see that as very much a test case," he said."We're really serious about this."Cr Jamieson said "it's possible" that private sector partners could come in and fund the mass transit system in exchange for land parcels along the corridor for redevelopment.
QuoteSUNSHINE Coast Council says buses will help fill a public transport void its city hall-based staff will experience while waiting for new mass transit solutions to be realised.A council spokesman said creating a new city centre where travel, and in particular, daily commuting to the centre by public and active transport would be encouraged, would necessitate some behavioural changes whilst recognising the essential role the motor car would continue to play."To this end, council will develop a travel management plan for staff working in the future Maroochydore city centre so they are aware of the new environment, available choices and offers of assistance where appropriate," the spokesman said.He said the council would also work closely with prospective commercial tenants of the city hall building to understand their travel and parking needs."Council will fulfil the agreed requirements that may be put in place under Economic Development Queensland approval conditions.He declined to say where the 112 off-site parking spaces would be in relation to city hall, only confirming they would be provided within the 53ha city centre site."Adjacent on-street parking and drop-off / pick-up bays along the northern and southern site frontages will also cater for visitors to the city hall building."He said the number of car parking spaces proposed in the development application were consistent with the previously approved objective of the Maroochydore city centre being an area that encouraged public and active transport solutions."Council does not provide a dedicated parking bay for every staff member currently working in Maroochydore, Nambour and Caloundra - and this approach is not intended to change."Whilst delivery of a mass transit solution will not take place until after 2022, there are a number of other public and active transport options already available with the Maroochydore bus station on the corner of Aerodrome Rd and Cornmeal Pde and a new bus stop on the corner of First Ave and Aerodrome Rd that will set down passengers within a five minute walk to city hall."The spokesman said light rail was only one of a number of technology solutions that would be considered as part of the next phases of the business case development for a mass transit solution for the Sunshine Coast.He said delivery of the recommended solution was the responsibility of the State Government."Council has recently completed a strategic business case for Sunshine Coast mass transit and is now progressing the preliminary business case. "The Queensland Government has also committed $7.5 million to partner with council to prepare a detailed business case, the third and final phase of the business case development framework."The completion of these business cases are essential to securing the requisite investment from the State and Federal governments to deliver the first stage of an integrated mass transit solution by 2026." He said the strategic business case, which was endorsed by councillors last week, had recommended the mass transit solution for the Sunshine Coast be delivered in stages. "The area considered the highest priority for mass transit is the urban corridor from Maroochydore to Kawana (Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct), via Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Parrearra, Warana and Birtinya."
Quote from: Fares_Fair on August 07, 2019, 19:39:44 PMI have arranged a meeting with the Sunshine Coast Council to discuss their Mass Transit Strategy Options and make some suggestions.
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