Mass transit options
  • Last updated:
  • 28 Apr 2021

To put it simply, mass transit is a convenient and easy-to-access public transport system which moves people efficiently. A well-designed system reduces car usage, especially at peak times, and may include:

  • buses, including articulated and double decker buses
  • trams or light rail vehicles
  • passenger trains

The current phase of the mass transit business case process is the Options Analysis.  Previous planning has shown that the highest priority for providing mass transit is in the coastal corridor from Maroochydore City Centre to Sunshine Coast University Hospital. This precinct experiences significant traffic congestion and has the greatest concentration of activities that would benefit from public transport. However, the options for staging will be reconsidered in the Options Analysis consultation phase.

There are several options under consideration in the Options Analysis to meet the transport needs of the coastal corridor. They include:

  • business as usual
  • road network upgrades – road upgrades in the coastal corridor which would benefit all users including buses
  • region-wide bus service enhancements – new and existing routes with improved frequency, more direct routes and better connections
  • region-wide bus network upgrades supported by key bus infrastructure such as improved shelters, sections of bus priority lanes and park ‘n’ ride facilities
  • quality bus corridor – a high-frequency bus service running in dedicated kerbside bus priority lanes with features such as high-quality vehicles, pre-paid boarding and quality bus stops
  • Bus Rapid Transit – 25 metre-long battery-powered, rubber tyred vehicles running at high frequency in a dedicated busway corridor mostly in the centre of the road with high-quality stations, pre-paid boarding and priority signalling
  • Light Rail Transit - 45 metre long modern rail vehicles running at high frequency on a dedicated trackway mostly in the centre of the road with high-quality stations, pre-paid boarding and priority signalling
  • Trackless tram - 32 metre long battery powered rubber tyred 'tram like' vehicles running at high frequency in a dedicated busway corridor mostly in the centre of the road with high-quality stations, pre-paid boarding and priority signalling
  • wLRT - A wire-free light rail system - identical to the light rail option, minus the overhead wires, with on-board batteries and charging equipment at select stations.

The pictures below depict some of these options.  Scroll across to see other options.