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Griffith's Cities Research Institute's Benjamin Kaufman said demand responsive transport (DRT), or on-demand transit, provided options for people in outer suburbs who did not have regular bus routes.
"For most people, the bus stops aren't very convenient to get to and that means everyone really just wanted to drive their car," he said.
"The on-demand transit services that are planned now, they'll been feeding into … the major train lines or bus stations you might imagine being the backbone of the network."
Has it worked before?Mr Kaufman said "you can imagine it [DRT] as a public transport version of Uber" with around 30 trials conducted nationally, including one in Logan.
"Some of the services have been very successful, others less so," he said.
"As these systems come on board, are used and then some of them are cancelled due to a lack of apparent success, we are learning and learning."
Logan's DRT trial had been operating for three years and had delivered almost 110,000 trips, according to a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson.
Unlike inner-Brisbane suburbs, many bus routes in outer suburban areas are lacking.(ABC: Stuart Wilkinson)While destinations are fixed, routes and pick-up times vary depending on who books the service.
While some trials in New South Wales used small buses, Logan's trial has used 50 regular or maxi-cabs across three separate areas with customers charged between $1.50 and $3.00 per trip.
Mr Kaufman said using traditional cabs had been a "good way to test out a service" but that there were "some limitations".
"There's a lack of visibility, on-demand services already don't have any fixed stops so you lack advertising for a service like that," he said.
"If the vehicles aren't branded, then it may be that people in the community don't actually know the services are available."
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Who uses it?Mr Kaufman said, for many, purchasing a car was unaffordable or they may not have the physical ability to drive.
"Young people in our society who don't have their driver's licence yet or our ageing population," he said.
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The outer suburbs are the domain of cars, with residents disadvantaged by a lack of public transport.
"We need to allow them to still go shopping, still gain access to the medical attention they need, and still be members of society."
Mr Kaufman said the Gold Coast trial sites were "well placed" for DRT.
"It might take you 10 or 15 minutes to drive to your destination, to catch a bus might take you 45 [minutes]," he said.
"They're in some suburban places that have some public transit right now but if you want to catch a bus from anywhere near your house, it's probably a bit of a walk."
Is DRT needed?The State Government has committed $755 million to build a second M1 highway along the northern Gold Coast — funding matched by the Federal Government.
Mr Kaufman said emerging alternatives to traditional public transport were needed to reduce congestion, with an over-reliance on cars putting additional funding pressure on governments to widen or duplicate highways.
"People, for now, have a strong connection to the car because we've put so much into making it the easiest way to get around," he said.
"We've continued pouring millions and millions of dollars into road expansions, which inevitably leads to more congestion in the future, but it's kind of a stop gap."
Congestion continues to remain a problem for Gold Coast city planners.(ABC Gold Coast: Dominic Cansdale)Mr Kaufman said governments must "re-evaluate the underlining assumptions" about how transport could change when committing to future infrastructure projects.
"There is definitely going to be increased competition in this market," he said.
"There could be a constriction of operational viability for taxi companies and Uber."
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