Sunshine Coast Daily news article extract | 10 Apr 2019 by Kristen Booth

SUNSHINE Coast Council is on the verge of releasing the business case for a mass transit-style public transport system to transform the Coast into a “30-minute city”.

The ambitious project is outlined in the working draft of the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project Strategic Business Case, obtained by the Sunshine Coast Daily under the Right to Information Act.

The heavily redacted document does not identify the mode of transport to form the basis of the system, but aligns heavily with the Sunshine Coast Sustainable Transport Strategy, which favours light rail. The business case highlights the urgent need for a “high-frequency public transport network” that will connect key education, employment, residential and residential centres.

It focusses on the Sunshine Coast Enterprise Corridor, which stretches north from Caloundra to Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast Airport.

The business case argues that the lack of an adequate public transport network has resulted in “disjointed land use outcomes, limiting appetite for urban renewal in key areas… meaning long term urban renewal targets are unlikely to be achieved”.