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What forms of transport do you currently use to travel within the Sunshine Coast and would the introduction of light rail change your transport habits and why?

almost 7 years ago

We're interested in the transport modes you currently use to travel within the Sunshine Coast, for what purposes ( e.g. work, shopping, recreation etc), how frequently you travel and your thoughts on the potential impact of light rail on the transport modes you currently use.

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  • Gibberd almost 7 years ago
    I was wanting to know if there was any opportunity to consider the introduction of a bicycle only carriage. I went to some presentations regarding the creation of the Perth train line, and the car parking for the park and ride facilities would fill up very quickly. They did a survey of the rego plates to see where they were all the cars were from and they were surprised that inexcess of 50% of the cars were within 800 m of the station. They are now trying to retro fit bicycle facilities at each train station. The thought that I had, is that if people are not prepared to walk 800 m to get to the train station, why would they walk 800 m to get to the destination at the end of their train ride. So I thought that it would be better if it was possible to include a carriage that allows bikes to go on the light rail. I thought one possible solution could involve bike hooks on one side of the carriage, so that bikes could be hung up and stacked in an efficient way, that still allows sufficinet room for people and bikes to manouvre to get off at their stop. I am not sure if this is feasable, but I think that by linking two forms of "green" transport, it is likely to really increase the patronage and peoples overall travel time. RegardsChris
    • Light Rail 2020 Project Team almost 7 years ago
      Hi Chris,Cycle access for the light rail will be an integral part of all stages of planning. As a minimum, it is expected there will be safe routes to the stations, and secure cycle storage facilities provided at those stations with a significant residential catchment. The opportunity to take bicycles on to the light rail vehicles will be explored during more detailed planning. There are examples of overseas practice where this works, for example by having a dedicated loading point on the platform for cyclists matched to a bicycle rack on that part of the vehicle. Many bicycles are large and have sharp protrusions, hence the risk of injury or inconvenience to other passengers, especially when the vehicles are crowded. Certainly the objective of allowing bicycles onto the vehicles is supported by Council, but the practical access arrangements need to be very carefully managed. The light rail vehicles are modular and do not have carriages in the same way as some other forms of passenger rail do, hence it is not possible to provide a “cyclist only” carriage.
      • Longterm about 4 years ago
        For light rail to be a practical substitute for car travel then it needs to accommodate for the practicalities of getting to and from the light rail. We live in a geographically wide spread area so connections between the light rail and destination needs to be considered practically and for our weather conditions; what purpose it will fulfill needs to be strongly considered and the stopping points. It won't work if people have to walk distances in the heat or wait long periods in the heat or pay huge costs to get a taxi to get them to the final leg of their journey or end up dependent on another vehicle to get to destination, hence why the buses aren't practical for most. If you have a well considered allocated area on each carriage for a few bikes with well designed easy clip in / quick release safety latches away from general public at one end of the carriage where people aren't standing/ walking past then I'm sure this will be a fantastic, practical, successful light rail which also encourages health, providing cheap practical solutions for to and from the light rail. For the light rail to be purposeful especially near our beaches people will be wanting to bring surfboards, all sorts of equipment on them - you must be aware and will have accommodate for this - you will need to have a section on each carriage for this as well for large prams - you cannot just think people only - this is our lifestyle - don't go spending huge amounts of money on something that doesn't fit in with the realities of life!
  • hailrail almost 7 years ago
    Currently I only take the bus once or twice a month - as a bit of a fun outing with my little boy. I desperately wish the buses were more frequent, cheaper and more convenient to my work and home locations so I could catch one every day. Light rail would make a huge difference to me as I live near the new hospital site and work near Dalton Drive/the Plaza. As I understand it, there will be two major stations at both those spots. So it would be perfect for me. It would enable me to get to work every day and probably mean we could get rid of one car. Unfortunately though, right now, it all seems like a pipe dream and I really believe I will be an old lady when it finally arrives (I am currently 35)! Action, action, action! Build it, make it efficient and cheap - and they will come.
  • mattm almost 7 years ago
    Light rail was a key part of regional planning before the SEQRP. Government has reneged on the timing of the light rail which I understood originally was meant to have commenced in 2012. For all the blustering talk of TOD that the State and ULDA have done to death, if the efficient transport systems are not provided up front or in line with progressive development of these centres - we will end up with adhoc development with the big end of town and commercially paid bureacrats the only winners! Action now!
  • trainspotter almost 7 years ago
    As we live at Boreen Point, our transport options are limited. When convenient and available, we use the Flexi taxi service to Tewantin, then Sunbus. This is mainly for shopping, then for meeting friends and family and third to attend meetings, functions etc. At other times we use a car for local travel, and QR for trips to Brisbane and beyond. Our visits to the Coast south of Peregian are infrequent, not least because of the limited bus service, but when it's necessary to go to Maroochy and beyond we would either drive or car-pool. In the past we have left bicycles with a friend in Tewantin and used them to commute locally.A light rail serving the area from Maroochy to Caloundra as proposed by Conlon Birrell Assoc. would be of very limited use in our case, although I can see the benefit of this as a pilot project, with the prospect of extending the line further north. I fully support Chris's request to include a cycle car on the light rail, especially in commuting hours. Secure bike storage and showers could also be located at stations to encourage commuters and other users who live more than 800m away to use light rail.If and when the QR service is extended to Caloundra, a light freight link could be incorporated to serve communities to the north at night time, thereby reducing freight traffic,especially on congested roads such as Nicklin Way.
  • Piston Broke almost 7 years ago
    I drive from Sippy to Maroochydore daily; PT is not an option because it takes an hour to get from Sippy to the Plaza on a bus while it takes 15minutes at the most driving. Light rail won't change my habits because timetabling and costs will prove too inefficient.In my opinion the timing is too late to make much difference to usage; a transport system/link should have been in place before Chancellor Park, Meridan, Brightwater were developed. People will have well developed habits in place before the service opens.
  • fruitforest almost 7 years ago
    Just wanted to say that there is a flaw in the quick poll in that you can only nominate one type of journey you would take. I nominated beach, but actually I would use it for 4 of the options.
  • sue12 almost 7 years ago
    The Sunshine coast desperately need a good rail system, and it needs it now. The traffic continues to worsen as the population continues to increase. For too long it appears that road widening is considered the answer to congestion, making the area even more pedestrian and bike unfriendly. Improving public transport and providing decent bike lanes should have been included in road planning years ago. Light rail would be a great improvement and is often the most favoured form of public transport, as long as there are accessible stops, well planned routes useful to many, and above all, a frequent timetable. As more people are cycling, it would be a missed opportunity not to cater for bicycles. I agree with fruitforest, if you want accurate information, fix the quick poll so that people can click more than one type of journey.
  • cherribee about 4 years ago
    I live in Bli Bli - there is no public transport that suits our needs at all. We use our car for every journey - shopping on the Sunny Cast is dispersed over an enormous area, unlike a small town where everything is compact and close. A typical shopping trip for me often entails a visit to the Plaza or nearby, Cotton Tree for the library, Wises Road, Kawana for the marine shop and Dan Murphy and SIppy Downs for the doctor. Sometimes including Pacific Paradise and Nambour. The proposed light rail will seldom suit my needs, but it is an imperative development for those living along the Caloundra/Maroochydore stretch. I use the rail from Perth to Mandurah frequently and absolutely love it to get to visit my dad in Mandurah. That is a fantastic service.