Sunshine Coast Daily extract | 8 May 2019

THE State Government has announced up to $7.5 million to fund a study into the largest expansion of public transport on the Sunshine Coast. A detailed business case will be prepared in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council, which will match the funding. It will provide a blueprint for the first stage of an integrated urban public transport solution, including pricing options for light rail. “This blueprint will look at how we can build a better public transport network within the region, so that we meet the travelling needs of people living in the fastest growing parts of the Sunshine Coast,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced at the Future Sunshine Coast event in Maroochydore today. “If we identify the corridors, connections and solutions now, we can ease congestion and support more job opportunities here on the Sunshine Coast, and that means less time sitting in traffic.” Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the business case would look at pricing options for light rail. “What this partnership between the State Government and council will deliver is a Coast-wide integrated public transport plan for rail, light rail and bus services, including identifying land required for new public transport connections. “It will also provide an indicative cost for those services and time-frames for when they should be delivered.”