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Old October 5th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #1
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GOLD COAST | Public Transport

The following videos show what the proposed rapid transit system on the gold coast might look like... showing both light rail and rapid bus options. Personally I much prefer the Light Rail option, much more aesthetically pleasing.

Thanks to Urban Circus for these youtube videos.


Gold Coast Rapid Transit - real-time visualisation



LRT (Light Rail Transit)
Gold Coast Rapid Transit - LRT Broadbeach



LRT (Light Rail Transit)
Gold Coast Rapid Transit - LRT Southport



BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)
Gold Coast Rapid Transit - BRT Southport



BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)
Gold Coast Rapid Transit - BRT Broadbeach

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Old October 6th, 2008, 05:05 AM   #2
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They've been talking about doing this for years. Have they actually moved forward with an environmental impact study yet, or do you think its a pipe dream?
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Old October 6th, 2008, 07:39 AM   #3
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Is this.. Southport in the UK, (Lancashire)?
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Old October 6th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #4
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I'll take it you're being sarcastic, but I'll answer anyway. No it's the Gold Coast in Australia.

I agree with dwdwone - this has been talked about for years yet nothing has eventuated. Until approval has been granted, this thread is possibly a bit premature.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #5
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Gold Coast, in the state of Queensland in Australia. The population is about 600,000 and it is a very popular beach resort city.

The City Council has finally given support to light rail, and is just waiting for final funding for works to get under way in 2010.

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Gold Coast Rapid Transit – Light Rail from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads

Gold Coast City Council and the State Government have both supported light rail as the preferred mode for the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project. The Transport Minister John Mickel announced in August 2008 that the Rapid Transit business case recommendation was for light rail and cited greater capacity, reliability and a longer lifespan than buses to cope with future growth.

Light rail was also endorsed as the preferred mode by Council which also resolved that it supported stage one of the project from Griffith University to Broadbeach to be completed by 2013 and future sections to Helensvale and Burleigh Heads to be operational by 2015. Council will contribute a total of $150 million towards the project.

The Gold Coast Rapid Transit will provide many significant benefits for the Gold Coast including:

* faster travel times between centres on a dedicated corridor avoiding congestion and traffic hazards
* improved reliability through consistent trip times
* frequent services linking the heart of the city and major destinations like hospitals, shopping centres and universities. Additional bus services will also operate from the rapid transit corridor to other areas of the city
* moving more people more efficiently - the system will carry larger numbers of people than current public transport services are able to
* the system will enhance the image of the Gold Coast as a tourist destination and support ongoing activity along the corridor

The Concept Design and Impact Management Plan (CDIMP) which contains the detail of the alignment and corridor issues will be available for public comment from mid October to late November 2008 and the final CDIMP is expected to be complete in February 2009. A parallel process of market sounding will also occur in that period.

Construction of the project is expected to commence in 2010 with the section between Griffith University/Gold Coast Hospital expected to be operational by 2013.

For more information on this project check out the official project website at – Web identifier http://www.translink.com.au/qt/trans...ndex/gcrt_home.
http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/t_st....aspx?pid=1327
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Old November 24th, 2008, 06:05 AM   #6
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I'll take it you're being sarcastic, but I'll answer anyway. No it's the Gold Coast in Australia.

I agree with dwdwone - this has been talked about for years yet nothing has eventuated. Until approval has been granted, this thread is possibly a bit premature.
Trust me, it is definitely happening. It has a $1.67bn funding allocation from the State and Council budgets, a project office which is actively developing the system and the government is in active negotiations to acquire the necessary land on the preiphery of the system in order to build it. The Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council both have a stated preference for light rail.

Service frequencies are supposed to be every 7-8 minutes most of the time with 35m trams, ramping up to 45m 5-section trams and 3-5 frequencies for most of the day in future years. System operation will be fully bidirectional 24 hours a day 7 days a week, running at least every half-hour after hours.

For more information I suggest you have a look at the project's Concept Design and Impact Management Plan (I believe the project does not actually require an EIS.) Details at http://www.translink.com.au/qt/trans...dtransit_cdimp
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Old July 21st, 2009, 10:27 AM   #7
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Just as an aside to our friends in the main forums, as virtually all Australian transport project info is in the Ozscrapers Transport section:

The project has now been greenlit and preliminary works will be commencing soon. Estimated completion of the first stage frmo Griffith University to Broadbeach is likely to be 2014, with further extensions to the north and south due at an indeterminate time after that.

This project apparently has the potential to be the most profitable public transport system in the country and will quite possible carry nearly the highest number of passengers per year on a single rail route.

When you look at passengers loadings along the Gold Coast Highway bus services over 24 hours, it is easy to see why. There are simply no peak hours, only a sustained smooth plateau-type distribution, even after midnight. The density of the corridor ensures plenty of patronage in both directions at all hours. This is is the major reason why it has the capacity to outdo other busy Australian PT corridors like the Eastern Suburbs railway in Sydney as they are presently, once the system is at its full length and a few decades into operation.

Unfortunately for us, the GFC has blown a big hole in the Queensland State Government's revenues. Accordingly, the project has had to be curtailed up front, with a decision to build the busiest stretch first rather than the extent they initially planned for. The whole system will be built eventually, the only issue is a question of timing.
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Old July 21st, 2009, 10:44 AM   #8
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Just as an aside to our friends in the main forums, as virtually all Australian transport project info is in the Ozscrapers Transport section:

The project has now been greenlit and preliminary works will be commencing soon. Estimated completion of the first stage frmo Griffith University to Broadbeach is likely to be 2014, with further extensions to the north and south due at an indeterminate time after that.

This project apparently has the potential to be the most profitable public transport system in the country and will quite possible carry nearly the highest number of passengers per year on a single rail route.

When you look at passengers loadings along the Gold Coast Highway bus services over 24 hours, it is easy to see why. There are simply no peak hours, only a sustained smooth plateau-type distribution, even after midnight. The density of the corridor ensures plenty of patronage in both directions at all hours. This is is the major reason why it has the capacity to outdo other busy Australian PT corridors like the Eastern Suburbs railway in Sydney as they are presently, once the system is at its full length and a few decades into operation.

Unfortunately for us, the GFC has blown a big hole in the Queensland State Government's revenues. Accordingly, the project has had to be curtailed up front, with a decision to build the busiest stretch first rather than the extent they initially planned for. The whole system will be built eventually, the only issue is a question of timing.
Yes I thought that it had received funding in the May budget.

Is it possible for you to post a map of the funded section pls?
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Old July 21st, 2009, 02:00 PM   #9
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Yes I thought that it had received funding in the May budget.

Is it possible for you to post a map of the funded section pls?
Happy to - http://www.translink.com.au/resource...map_stage1.pdf

On the linked map, the yellow and red southernmost sections are to be built first - if they are going to stage this, it is likely the yellow section would be the first bit to operate as it contains the depot site, just south of Griffith University. These sections are known as Sections 2 and 3. Section 1 will connect to Helensvale via one of 2 options shown, sections 4 and 5 will extend south to Burleigh and ultimately Coolangatta, including an integrated heavy rail/light rail/coach/local bus interchange at the Gold Coast Airport. Only very limited concept planning has been done for sections 4 and 5.

The northern orange and green legs are the 2 separate Section 1 options - only one will be built. A very short part of the green option (about 100m or so) will be built just past the University Hospital station site to function as a layover and shunting area.

The map is slightly out of date, as the proposed Southport Primary School station has been shelved and replaced with a station to the west, where the line turns north, before heading over to Griffith University.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #10
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So this still going ahead as lot suff is in the news but with few updates on this thread. Is there a new thread some where.

Light rail all good but the gold coast could still do with a termination train line from brisbane, perhaps connecting to the gold coast rail line which is only a few kms away ?
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Old March 24th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #11
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Not sure I understand what you mean? I believe the Light Rail will eventually go from the University/Hospital, past Harbour Town Shopping Mall and on to Helensvale Rail.

Anyway, as for now; the route keeps changing. I think that they've decided the rail will now go down Olsen Avenue? Ugh, the project is too hard to keep up with, but I do believe that the council has warned people living along Olsen Avenue that it will run down their street.

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Results from the Big Gold Coast Survey revealed almost 60 per cent of Gold Coasters are not convinced the light rail system is the answer to the city's public transport problems.

Only 41 per cent of respondents agreed that the 13km rapid transit link, which will run from Broadbeach to Griffith University, would be 'effective'.

In other results, 28 per cent of Gold Coasters admitted they had considered leaving the city because of traffic congestion.
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/...2211_news.html
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Old March 25th, 2010, 08:03 PM   #12
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I mean that the Gold Goast could have a heavy terminal station at the city center. Linking from the gold coast rail line to Brisbane. Anyway thats not for this thread.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #13
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I wish something like that would happen, but I think it would cost too much money. A recently completed, totally above-ground 4.1km extension from Robina Station to Varsity Lakes Station cost nearly half a billion dollars alone. To build into the city itself (over 10km toward the coast) the government would have to repossess a hell of a lot of land if the planned on building above ground, or it would cost billions to build underground. I just don't think it's feasible. It would only work if the train like already went through the city, it's far too late in this day and age.

So we're going to have to settle for Light Rail
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:55 PM   #14
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Gold Coast, in the state of Queensland in Australia. The population is about 600,000 and it is a very popular beach resort city.

The City Council has finally given support to light rail, and is just waiting for final funding for works to get under way in 2010.


http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/t_st....aspx?pid=1327
The last time I check the population of the Gold Coast-Tweed Coast Area it was 400 000 (2010), or did the people on the Gold Coast just suddenly die
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The QLD gov should link the Brisbane rail with Gold Coast the CBD and Coolangatta Airport,

It difficult for many traveelers to use the Gold Coast airport or to travel to and from the Brisbane, you have to wait 1hr or so to get from LoganLea to the Gold Coast CBD and thats the express train
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The last time I check the population of the Gold Coast-Tweed Coast Area it was 400 000 (2010), or did the people on the Gold Coast just suddenly die
The population of the Gold Coast in 2009 was 585,000 with an average growth rate of 3.7% from 2001-2008. It's said that the Gold Coast grows by aprx. 18,000 people per year, so it's safe to assume that the population is around 603,000.

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The QLD gov should link the Brisbane rail with Gold Coast the CBD and Coolangatta Airport,

It difficult for many traveelers to use the Gold Coast airport or to travel to and from the Brisbane, you have to wait 1hr or so to get from LoganLea to the Gold Coast CBD and thats the express train
This is the future plans for the train line,

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The line will be extended and upgraded with new stations over the next decade. The railway is being progressively extended south until it reaches the Tugun Bypass, which it will run alongside before passing under the threshold of runway 32 at the Gold Coast Airport and looping around to the terminus near the airport carpark. In this last stage, the railway will cross the border into New South Wales. Also, under the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program, reservations are to be made for possible new infill stations between Beenleigh and Ormeau (Yatala is a prime candidate) and at Coomera North, Helensvale North, Parkwood and Merrimac on the existing line. Services will also be upgraded with higher frequencies and capacity, made possible by the track duplication south (and triplication north) of Beenleigh.
In 2010 construction is expected to start on the Gold Coast Rapid Transit System which will be a light rail system connecting Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport to Helensvale railway station.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 07:25 AM   #17
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Gold Coast Rapid Transit - real-time visualisation

Beautiful skyline !


I have some questions please :
Why authorities decided LRT than BRT ?
How much was BRT project ?
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Old April 10th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #18
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LOL @ how old that photo is.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 05:31 AM   #19
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Final three in light rail bid revealed
Lucy Ardern | May 25th, 2010

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THE list of companies bidding to build the first stage of the Gold Coast's $1 billion light rail project has been culled to just three.

Out of the original six consortiums that bid for the project, only GC Connect (MTR Corporation, John Holland, ITOCHU Corporation and RBS Group), GoldlinQ (Keolis SA, Downer EDI Ltd, Bombardier Transportation Australia, McConnell Dowell Constructors and Plenary Group) and Move GC (Veolia, Leighton Contractors, Alstom and Macquarie) remain.

"Some of the biggest companies from Australia and around the world have been vying to build this project," said Premier Anna Bligh, who was on the Coast for a Cabinet meeting.

"The calibre of companies bidding should signal to everyone on the Gold Coast that the project is entering the next exciting stage of development."

Ms Bligh said all three bidders included a 'major international player' with experience in light rail and a national company.

Each group also contains a company that has a head office or major operation in Queensland.

"Between now and the end of the year, they (the consortiums) will participate in a request for proposal process," said Ms Bligh.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the project would be key to lifting the use of public transport on the Gold Coast to 10 per cent.

"Currently only 4 per cent of the Gold Coast utilises public transport," she said.

The successful bidder, to be chosen by the end of the year, will lay the track, build the stations, supply the rolling stock and run the light rail system.

Stage one is a 13km stretch linking Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University at Southport to Broadbeach.

It is scheduled to begin operations in 2014.

This week's announcement follows the calling of tenders for $110 million of road work earlier this month.
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/...oast-news.html

Thank god I'll be out of this city by then!
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Why? It looks like a beautiful place.
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