Australia picks rapid transit over subways



Photo Gallery : Gold Coast Rapid Transit system

Gold Coast Rapid Transit rundown:

  • Work on the project is scheduled to start in August 2009, but construction on the actual rail line will not start until early 2011.
  • More than 6000 jobs are expected to be created during construction.
  • The cost of the project is estimated at $949 million, jointly funded by federal, state and local governments.
  • Taxpayers will own the track, a private company will provide the carriages and run the service.
  • The 13km line will link Griffith University at Southport to Broadbeach, passing through the key centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise.
  • Properties will be resumed to make way for the line.
  • Commuters will have to wait until 2014 to use the system, pushed back on previous estimates of late 2013.
  • Passengers will use GoCards on the light rail and fares will be consistent with the existing TransLink network.
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