At the beginning of 2016, Brisbane City Council announced their plans for the Brisbane Metro System, a high frequency rapid transport connection that promises to reduce CBD bus congestion, cut travel times, and free up buses and to provide more services in the Brisbane suburbs, making the 4122 postcode easier to reach from the greater Brisbane area.
Recently, the Brisbane City Council has completed a huge overhaul of the proposed Metro system which has led to routes being significantly expanded while saving over 500 million in ratepayer dollars.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk unveiled a new plan on Saturday, stating that the Brisbane City Council would not sit on its hands while the city’s bus network was stretched thinner and thinner.
The “minutes to CBD” measurement is an innate item of value in any home and with plans firming up for a Brisbane Light Rail to come through 4122, locals may be in for a lift. With its choice of excellent schools, two of the country’s largest Westfield shopping centres and close proximity to the Brisbane CBD, the Upper Mount Gravatt Precinct is fast transitioning to trendy urban hub – a place to ‘be’.
Essential to that transition is the provision of public transport into and around the area. Public buses are available to all parts of the city, though one of the flaws of the current bus routes through, is that they weave in and out of the suburbs and can mean an hour or longer trip to the CBD, which would normally take 15 mins by car.
The Brisbane Metro will now run over 21 kilometres of the existing busway infrastructure linking Eight Mile Plains, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and the University of Queensland busway stations using the already existing busway infrastructure, giving more people access to the Brisbane Metro System.
The revised project will now introduce a fleet of 60 trackless, rubber-tyred Metro bi-articulated buses with capacity for up to 150 people. These vehicles are able to use the busway alongside regular bus services. The two lines would carry Metro vehicles as often as every 3 minutes in peak time and every 90 seconds between Roma Street and the Gabba precinct.
These plans would also remove 125 buses from the CBD at morning peak hour with an aim to slash travel times by up to 50 percent. This provides a better transportation system for Brisbane with upgrades to 18 existing stations, ticketing improvements to speed up boarding and a simple connection between key knowledge, entertainment and health hubs.
Importantly, the 4122 area will now be a lot easier to reach from Brisbane. This may mean that the 4122 could host more events and could see current events, such as the Saturday night Marketta, grow to new levels with the new accessibility. This is great news for residents, as it will mean better infrastructure, better accessibility and more local events.
Lord Mayor Quirk stated that the improvements showed how important it was to look at the detail and that change could be good for everyone. “It will provide a reliable, comfortable and high-frequency transport option capable of carting up to 30,000 passengers per hour, meeting the forecasts of 108,000 new jobs in the CBD.”
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner stated that the new plans would ensure that the city “won’t grind to a halt” and that nowhere else uses anything like the new vehicles that are planned to be used for the Brisbane Metro system.
The redesign, which was prompted after the Brisbane Metro project suffered several teething issues, has now seen the system expanding along two new high capacity, high frequency Metro lines instead of one, which originally was to run from Herson to Woolloongabba.
One service, following extensive community feedback, is now planned to run from Brisbane’s Roma Street Transit Centre, along the southeast busway through Upper Mount Gravatt, to Eight Mile Plains in the city’s south. While the second high-frequency line has been designed to run from the Royal Brisbane Woman’s Hospital, travelling along parts of the State Government controlled norther and southeast busways, to the University of Queensland in the West.
Despite all this significant expansion, the Brisbane City Council believes that the project will cost less than $1 billion, $540 million less than what was estimated in January last year.
These revised plans would remove 125 buses from the CBD at morning peak hour with an aim to slash travel times by up to 50 percent. This provides a better transportation system for Brisbane with upgrades to 18 existing stations, ticketing improvements to speed up boarding and a simple connection between key knowledge, entertainment and health hubs.
A new “State-of-the-art” underground station has also been proposed, and would be built at the Cultural Centre and the Victoria Bridge would be converted into a transit-only green bridge with a view to reducing the 8000 cars that use it every day.
The Brisbane City Council will be undertaking community consultation over the next several weeks on this proposal, before finalising a preliminary business case in May.
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