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QUEENSLAND Health worker Bernadette Morris-Smith moved up from Sydney three years ago to Hunchy, near Palmwoods, and commutes to Brisbane 2-3 times a week.
She said a usual trip to Central station takes about an hour and a half, up to an hour and 40 minutes.
Ms Morris-Smith said duplication of the North Coast Line would "totally” speed up the service and she believed if travel time could be slashed to an hour or less it would open up the service to many more passengers.
"The service is actually every 20 minutes which is brilliant in the morning, I just want the speed a little faster,” she said.
She said the Gold Coast was well-connected with the city, and it was important the Sunshine Coast enjoyed similarly good connections with the Queensland capital.
"You want the Sunshine Coast running efficiently into Central,” she said.
Ms Morris-Smith said the service was "totally” underutilised at the moment, and added the connection to Brisbane had opened up more job opportunities, and would for others when the line improved.
"It's certainly not putting me off,” she said, having commuted for a year.
Civil engineer Shakiba Ghasemi moved to the Sunshine Coast five months ago and has been a regular commuter to Brisbane from Nambour.
She was headed to Roma St station yesterday at 7am with about a dozen others.
She travels twice a week to the city, spending about two hours each way on the train, and was hoping the service would be improved.
"I hope (it gets faster) because I think that's (two-hour trip) too long,” she said.
This article first appeared on www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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