Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Engagement Process

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Moving around the Sunshine Coast easily and conveniently will be an important part of maintaining our way of life, protecting the environment and promoting a sustainable future for our region.

An efficient mass transit system is needed to reduce the reliance on private vehicles and get more people using public transport.

Sunshine Coast Council is planning ahead by exploring the mass transit options. Council has commissioned a draft Options Analysis which comprehensively evaluates a number of mass transit options.

The draft Options Analysis report has identified five mass transit options to be further considered in the Detailed Business Case as

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Moving around the Sunshine Coast easily and conveniently will be an important part of maintaining our way of life, protecting the environment and promoting a sustainable future for our region.

An efficient mass transit system is needed to reduce the reliance on private vehicles and get more people using public transport.

Sunshine Coast Council is planning ahead by exploring the mass transit options. Council has commissioned a draft Options Analysis which comprehensively evaluates a number of mass transit options.

The draft Options Analysis report has identified five mass transit options to be further considered in the Detailed Business Case as the basis for obtaining State and Commonwealth funding for a mass transit system. The Queensland Government will lead the Detailed Business Case process, which will include further consultation.

Council wants to hear from you to ensure community input is included in the Draft Options Analysis report before it goes to the Queensland Government.

You can download the Draft Options Analysis report [10.9MB].

Visit the council website to read more about the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project.

Sign up to our e-newsletter for updates.

What is mass transit?

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 (bendy) and double decker buses
  • Trams or light rail vehicles
  • Passenger trains.

Why is a mass transit system needed?

The Queensland Government forecasts that the Sunshine Coast’s population will grow from 320,000 in 2019 to more than 518,000 in 2041, with many people wanting to live in the coastal corridor close to jobs and services.

That means around 200,000 more people are expected to call the Sunshine Coast home over the next 20 years. We also know that we can't continue having 85% of all trips being made by car.

To service that growth in a sustainable way, a better transport system is needed to connect people to the employment, shopping, healthcare, education, recreation and entertainment opportunities in the coastal corridor.

Our region is growing. We need to protect our enviable lifestyle as it grows. A high-quality, integrated Mass Transit System is an essential part of our plan to be Australia's most sustainable region: healthy, smart, creative by:

  • reducing our high reliance on cars
  • providing an alternative travel option to beat growing road congestion
  • better connecting our key centres and attractions
  • providing more inclusive and accessible transport
  • supporting the 74% of Sunshine Coast trips that are local (under 10km)
  • being more environmentally friendly and reducing carbon emissions
  • moving more people with less vehicles
  • supporting our $2.7 billion tourism industry
  • limiting the spread of development into our natural areas
  • supporting job creation close to where people live
  • enabling more liveable, coastal neighbourhoods
  • creating more walkable neighbourhoods.

How to provide your feedback

We are inviting you to think about how you and your family and friends will make your way around the Sunshine Coast as the region continues to grow.

Over eight weeks from 28 April until 22 June 2021, you can provide your feedback on:

  • The mass transit options being considered in the draft Options Analysis report
  • The different ways to accommodate the projected growth in the Sunshine Coast Urban Corridor from Maroochydore to Caloundra
  • How to reflect the existing character of local places in future placemaking activities.

Have your say by:

  • Meeting with the project team at one of the pop-up events that will be held between now and 22 June 2021, listed on the right hand side of this page.
  • Completing the 10-minute survey about various aspects of the mass transit system, the land use scenarios and placemaking opportunities, adding you own ideas about each of these subjects.
  • The survey does allow you to save your progress at the end of each page and return to the survey later, but only if you are registered and signed in. Register and sign in links appear at the top of this page in the back ribbon.
  • Only one response per person please. We are obliged to have filtering processes to check for multiple responses.

If you would like a paper copy of the survey please email

masstransit@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Feedback closes on 22 June 2021.

If you haven’t already, please visit the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit website.

Next Steps

Your feedback about the mass transit options will inform the final Options Analysis report, which will then be considered by Council. Subject to Council’s consideration, the Options Analysis report will be provided to the State Government.

The final phase of the business case process will be led by the State Government, which will produce a Detailed Business Case providing a comprehensive basis for deciding whether to fund the project.

A start date for the delivery of a mass transit system will depend on investment by State and Commonwealth Governments.

Your feedback about the different ways of accommodating the projected growth in the Urban Corridor will inform the preparation of a new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme and your placemaking ideas will inform future Council area improvement programs.