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PATRONAGE on the Gold Coast light rail has spiked significantly above expectations, according to new data released ahead of the Stage 3A business case.
The number of people using the trams has increased 33 per cent in just eight months, according to new figures revealed by the State Government.
More than 51,000 extra passenger trips have been recorded on the tram system since stage 2 came online in December, building momentum behind the proposed Stage 3A which will run from Broadbeach to Burleigh.
The Gold Coast Light rail has proven popular Picture: Jerad WilliamsMore than 5.2 million trips were taking on the light rail in the six months after trams began running to Helensvale.
And Gold Coasters will be able to get their first look at the propose route down the Gold Coast Highway as part of community information sessions.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said feedback from residents would be considered as part of the detailed business case now underway.
“Community consultation is a vital part of any project of this size, and we are keen to hear from locals to help inform this process,” she said.
Ms Scanlon said the existing light rail routes had been an incredibly popular hit with locals and visitors to the Coast.
The light rail path along the Gold Coast Highway. Photo: Supplied.“The light rail has already proved to be an iconic and transformational project for the Gold Coast,” she said.
“Light rail was integral to the hugely successful Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Transport plan, carrying nearly 100,000 passengers per day during the Games.”
The state and council last year put $5 million each towards the business case, which is expected to be finalised by December.
The council has already committed some of its expected $66 million contribution in its strategic reserve budget.
During the consultation, locals will be able to view maps of the reference design for the proposed route in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway as well as proposed station locations, traffic lanes and intersection changes
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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