BRISBANE STARTS A BILLION DOLLAR METRO-STYLE BUSPROJECT
Brisbane Metro is a key part of Brisbane's Council’s commitment to delivering Australia’s most modern public and active transport system. The project budget mounts up to 944 million Australian dollar (AUD), which includes the metro-style vehicles. Brisbane Metro will be a high-frequency public transport system that will cut travel times, reduce Central Business District bus congestion and improve public transport services to the suburbs.
Brisbane Council expects procurement activities for Brisbane Metro to commence in mid-2018. Detailed design and construction of Brisbane Metro is planned to commence in 2019, with metro services commencing in 2023. Based on assessments undertaken as part of the Business Case, Brisbane Metro is expected to cost 944 million AUD. As part of the 2017-18 Budget, Council announced funding for two-thirds of the project’s capital cost. In May 2018, the Federal Government confirmed a 300 million AUD funding commitment to Brisbane Metro in the 2018-19 Federal Budget. Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor, listed the project as a “High Priority” in March. Council is committed to funding the balance.
The word metro describes the distinctive style, high-quality and high-capacity aspects of the vehicle, as well as the high-frequency (turn-up-and-go) style of service which is reliable and will reduce travel times. The project will introduce a new fleet of 60 metro style vehicles, bi-articulated with three passenger compartments and a length of approximately 25 metres with capacity for up to 150 people. The chassis is expected to have 4 axles, running on rubber tyres. Generally, the front and rear axles will be steerable. A distinctive style and branding will be critical to the design of the body and passenger experience, with at least four double doors being included to improve boarding and alighting times. The body floor must be low floor, to allow the metro vehicles to share platform infrastructure with the existing bus fleet.
In addition to new vehicles, the Brisbane Metro project will deliver a range of significant infrastructure improvements, including a new underground station and tunnelling to provide improved performance of the public transport network. With this project Brisbane fixes critical bottlenecks in the inner city and provides a solution to Brisbane’s bus congestion and capacity issues. The project comprises a turn-up-and-go metro style network across 21 kilometres of existing busway that links Eight Mile Plains, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) and University of Queensland (UQ) Lakes busway stations and all busway stations in between. With two metro routes operating every three minutes in peak periods, Brisbane Metro will deliver a network of turn-up-and-go services linking the suburbs with the inner city. Brisbane Metro uses the busway alongside other bus services. Some high-frequency bus routes will continue to operate on the busway, providing a network of suburbs-to-city services for residents across Brisbane.
Brisbane Metro was first announced in 2016 as a solution to the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network, which has reached its capacity at many inner city locations. In May 2017, Council released the Brisbane Metro Business Case, following a 12 month detailed assessment of the benefits, costs and impacts of delivering the project. According to the Council the Business Case confirms Brisbane Metro is a value-for-money investment in its public transport network that will provide significant benefits for both the city and the region.
Detailed information about the Brisbane Metro and procurement conditions can be found at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/brisbane-metro