Sunshine Coast Light Rail

Imagine a future Sunshine Coast without Light Rail!

A recent article in the Brisbane Times discussed the compelling argument for light rail on the Sunshine Coast, highlighting the benefits that will potentially be unlocked by delivering this significant public transport infrastructure within the coastal corridor from Maroochydore to Caloundra (Stages 1 and 2). The piece by Michael Kerry, current Director at Suncentral Maroochydore and former Manager of Brisbane City Council's Urban Management department, explained how the Sunshine Coast Light Rail project can support regional population growth, deliver jobs and stimulate private investment.

Kerry writes:

"Seven years after the GFC dealt a major blow to the Sunshine Coast, the region is well and truly back in business.

Projects such as the $1.8 billion university hospital, the Sunshine Coast airport expansion and development of the new Maroochydore CBD have buoyed business confidence - but a vital piece of the puzzle remains orphaned on the sideline". Continue reading...


Sunshine Coast residents show support for the Sunshine Coast Light Rail!

Sunshine Coast Council's Sunshine Coast Light Rail information marquee at Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital's recent open day received plenty of positive feedback and much endorsement of the mid- to long-term benefits that will be delivered by the project.

It was great to see the level of support for this community-shaping infrastructure with the vast majority of commentators noting how the Sunshine Coast Light Rail could stimulate local investment whilst resolving traffic congestion in the face of a growing population. Overwhelmingly, the most common criticism of the Sunshine Coast Light Rail was that the target date for delivery of the project should be brought forward from 2025.

Sunshine Coast Council has taken the lead on this critical piece of regional infrastructure by conducting feasibility studies, establishing partial funding mechanisms and compiling a business case for the project. However, due to the considerable costs involved, the Queensland Government will be required to invest in the project if our region is to deliver this clean, green and efficient public transport service that will shape the future development of our region.

So come aboard and show your support for the project by taking the time to register on our Sunshine Coast Light Rail website. Tell your family and tell your friends to show their support for this project so that we can protect the Sunshine Coast lifestyle for future generations.


Fast, frequent, high-quality light rail on the Sunshine Coast!

Council is undertaking a feasibility study for a light rail system between Maroochydore and Caloundra. Eventually the system could link most major destinations and attractions along the coast and connect with buses and trains.




Light Rail - a recognised game-changer!

Light Rail has been named one of five major game-changing projects spearheading council’s plans to sustain the coast’s prosperity, lifestyle and natural assets into the future.

The project will:

  • Create 9000 jobs directly and indirectly during construction and operation

  • Reduce reliance on car travel and traffic congestion

  • Potentially cut pollution by reducing fossil fuel use

  • Inject $3.6 billion in benefits back into the regional economy.

The focus of the light rail project is the provision of reliable, frequent and affordable public transport services, but brings with it a range of other positive spin-offs that will enhance our community connections, business activity, lifestyle and the environment.

It is a long-term project still subject to further feasibility studies. However, if it proves the right solution for the Coast, then the first stage could be delivered by 2025 subject to approvals and funding.

View a map showing Council and other major Sunshine Coast projects here.


Imagine a future Sunshine Coast without Light Rail!

A recent article in the Brisbane Times discussed the compelling argument for light rail on the Sunshine Coast, highlighting the benefits that will potentially be unlocked by delivering this significant public transport infrastructure within the coastal corridor from Maroochydore to Caloundra (Stages 1 and 2). The piece by Michael Kerry, current Director at Suncentral Maroochydore and former Manager of Brisbane City Council's Urban Management department, explained how the Sunshine Coast Light Rail project can support regional population growth, deliver jobs and stimulate private investment.

Kerry writes:

"Seven years after the GFC dealt a major blow to the Sunshine Coast, the region is well and truly back in business.

Projects such as the $1.8 billion university hospital, the Sunshine Coast airport expansion and development of the new Maroochydore CBD have buoyed business confidence - but a vital piece of the puzzle remains orphaned on the sideline". Continue reading...


Sunshine Coast residents show support for the Sunshine Coast Light Rail!

Sunshine Coast Council's Sunshine Coast Light Rail information marquee at Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital's recent open day received plenty of positive feedback and much endorsement of the mid- to long-term benefits that will be delivered by the project.

It was great to see the level of support for this community-shaping infrastructure with the vast majority of commentators noting how the Sunshine Coast Light Rail could stimulate local investment whilst resolving traffic congestion in the face of a growing population. Overwhelmingly, the most common criticism of the Sunshine Coast Light Rail was that the target date for delivery of the project should be brought forward from 2025.

Sunshine Coast Council has taken the lead on this critical piece of regional infrastructure by conducting feasibility studies, establishing partial funding mechanisms and compiling a business case for the project. However, due to the considerable costs involved, the Queensland Government will be required to invest in the project if our region is to deliver this clean, green and efficient public transport service that will shape the future development of our region.

So come aboard and show your support for the project by taking the time to register on our Sunshine Coast Light Rail website. Tell your family and tell your friends to show their support for this project so that we can protect the Sunshine Coast lifestyle for future generations.


Fast, frequent, high-quality light rail on the Sunshine Coast!

Council is undertaking a feasibility study for a light rail system between Maroochydore and Caloundra. Eventually the system could link most major destinations and attractions along the coast and connect with buses and trains.




Light Rail - a recognised game-changer!

Light Rail has been named one of five major game-changing projects spearheading council’s plans to sustain the coast’s prosperity, lifestyle and natural assets into the future.

The project will:

  • Create 9000 jobs directly and indirectly during construction and operation

  • Reduce reliance on car travel and traffic congestion

  • Potentially cut pollution by reducing fossil fuel use

  • Inject $3.6 billion in benefits back into the regional economy.

The focus of the light rail project is the provision of reliable, frequent and affordable public transport services, but brings with it a range of other positive spin-offs that will enhance our community connections, business activity, lifestyle and the environment.

It is a long-term project still subject to further feasibility studies. However, if it proves the right solution for the Coast, then the first stage could be delivered by 2025 subject to approvals and funding.

View a map showing Council and other major Sunshine Coast projects here.


  • Council gives green light for next step on light rail

    about 5 years ago
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    The Sunshine Coast is one step closer to getting a light rail public transport service after council gave the green light for a business case to be developed.

    The Council decision to proceed to a full feasibility and business case phase was recommended by the Light Rail Taskforce in the Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report ‘A line in the sand’ which was released on Monday August 27.

    • download and read the Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report ‘A line in the sand’ summary or full report from the library

    The Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report ‘A... Continue reading

    The Sunshine Coast is one step closer to getting a light rail public transport service after council gave the green light for a business case to be developed.

    The Council decision to proceed to a full feasibility and business case phase was recommended by the Light Rail Taskforce in the Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report ‘A line in the sand’ which was released on Monday August 27.

    • download and read the Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report ‘A line in the sand’ summary or full report from the library

    The Pre-feasibility and Rapid Economic Appraisal Report ‘A line in the sand’ is a collaborative effort by the broadly based taskforce, convened by the Sunshine Coast council in February 2012. The Taskforce comprised key industry and community representatives, as well as community representatives selected through the expression of interest process. It also embodies input from the community made through this online hub.

    The report clearly sets out the significant economic and social benefits of light rail as a ‘game changer’ for the entire Sunshine Coast region. It is much bigger than a public transport project and capable of delivering returns region wide for the next 100 years.

     The Sunshine Coast Light Rail project will support the Council and Community vision of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region by:

    • Delivering nearly 9,000 jobs during construction and operation;
    • $3.6 billion estimated benefits back into the economy;
    • Protecting lifestyle and natural assets, farm and hinterland;
    • Connecting people and places to major hubs and villages for employment, education, health and tourism;
    • Improving mobility, especially for aged and people with disabilities.
    • Encouraging new forms of urban development and reinvigorating precincts and;
    • Reducing reliance on car travel.

    The aim of the project is to develop the first stages of a sleek, modern light rail system for travel between the Sunshine Coast’s major destinations including Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and the new hospital and town centre at Kawana by 2020. 

    The preferred corridor would link Maroochydore with Caloundra. This is the primary activity corridor in the region and contains many of the key attractions to potential public transport users. There would be a connection to the Kawana Town Centre and health precinct. It could be developed in two major stages based on an initial connection between Maroochydore and the new hospital precinct at Kawana.

    Other routes should be anticipated and could be separately investigated. It is clear key destinations like the Sunshine Coast Airport and the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Palmview growth corridor would be potential attractors for future routes. Longer term connections to Caloundra South, Noosa and Nambour could also be anticipated.

    Light rail would mean at least 50,000 car trips off the road by 2031 resulting in less congestion for those that do drive and benefits to the Sunshine Coast environment and lifestyle.

    The business case process will include comprehensive public consultation on routes and options.  It will be conducted over the next two years at an estimated cost of $ 4 million. The costs will be shared between the Council, funded by its public transport levy, and the Commonwealth Government who have provided a $500,000 grant under the Liveable Cities Program.   Talks will also be held with the Queensland Government in the future.

    A summary of the report can be found in the library section on this hub.

  • Light Rail....why, what and where?

    over 5 years ago

    The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and based on existing growth there will be half a million people living here in less than 20 years. Light rail will be transformational for the sunshine coast. It is a sleek, modern mass transit service that is able to move people efficiently without the need to always rely on cars.

    To find out more....read the frequently asked questions about the why, what and the where of light rail for the Sunshine Coast.

    The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and based on existing growth there will be half a million people living here in less than 20 years. Light rail will be transformational for the sunshine coast. It is a sleek, modern mass transit service that is able to move people efficiently without the need to always rely on cars.

    To find out more....read the frequently asked questions about the why, what and the where of light rail for the Sunshine Coast.