Brisbane's New High-Frequency Public Transport Lines to Be Extended
Expanding to Chermside, Carindale and Springwood, the new system will now cover more of the city.
Brisbane's new public transport lines are still five years away from being completely operational; however, that hasn't stopped the proposed system from getting bigger. Initially planned to span 21 kilometres and 18 stations across two routes, the Brisbane Metro plans have now been expanded to include Chermside, Carindale and Springwood.
Brisbanes Times is reporting that the Brisbane City Council aims to extend its existing proposal, which had outlined two lines — one between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street to take care of southern residents, and the second linking the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to the University of Queensland. A Carindale route would tie in with the first line, while a Chermside track would connect to the second. Heading down to Springwood would involve lengthening the Eight Mile Plains line along the South East Busway.
While construction isn't expected to start until 2018 for a 2022 completion, the idea of offering more frequent public transport services in more places throughout Brisbane can only be a good thing, as anyone who has suffered through the current mess of unreliable and infrequent services — aka everyone in the city — can no doubt agree. The project is currently in its feedback phase, with the Council hosting public sessions in the CBD, Holland Park, Woolloongabba and Upper Mount Gravatt until the end of April, before a preliminary business case is due to be delivered in May.