Taskforce Prefeasibility Study

In August 2012, a pre-feasibility study was completed by the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Taskforce. Four community representatives and invited members representing industry and community were on the taskforce. They considered six
public transport options:

  1. CoastConnect (priority bus lane project)
  2. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  3. Light Rail Transit (LRT) at-grade
  4. Elevated Light Rail Transit (LRT)
  5. Monorail
  6. Hybrid Light Rail Transit (LRT): at-grade / elevated.

Once the study was completed, the taskforce recommended that Council proceed to Phase 2, full feasibility. The taskforce recommended options including:

  1. The reference case; light rail at-grade
  2. A hybrid option for light rail with some sections elevated
  3. Possibly a bus rapid transit option if it has the potential to meet longer term patronage requirements and is supported by the Sunshine Coast community.

The study found Coast Connect, Monorail and Light Rail Elevated had significant drawbacks, and could not meet project objectives. These options were not recommended for further investigation. The study also identified that a low cost bus option could deliver interim benefits and might be a forerunner to light rail.

The findings of the study are documented in ‘A Line in the sand: the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project Prefeasibility and Rapid Economic Assessment Appraisal Report’. A summary of the report is also available.

 

In August 2012, a pre-feasibility study was completed by the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Taskforce. Four community representatives and invited members representing industry and community were on the taskforce. They considered six
public transport options:

  1. CoastConnect (priority bus lane project)
  2. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  3. Light Rail Transit (LRT) at-grade
  4. Elevated Light Rail Transit (LRT)
  5. Monorail
  6. Hybrid Light Rail Transit (LRT): at-grade / elevated.

Once the study was completed, the taskforce recommended that Council proceed to Phase 2, full feasibility. The taskforce recommended options including:

  1. The reference case; light rail at-grade
  2. A hybrid option for light rail with some sections elevated
  3. Possibly a bus rapid transit option if it has the potential to meet longer term patronage requirements and is supported by the Sunshine Coast community.

The study found Coast Connect, Monorail and Light Rail Elevated had significant drawbacks, and could not meet project objectives. These options were not recommended for further investigation. The study also identified that a low cost bus option could deliver interim benefits and might be a forerunner to light rail.

The findings of the study are documented in ‘A Line in the sand: the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project Prefeasibility and Rapid Economic Assessment Appraisal Report’. A summary of the report is also available.