Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line, planning
We are planning for a proposed passenger rail corridor between Beerwah and Maroochydore to increase public transport opportunities for the growing Sunshine Coast community.
The department is undertaking a detailed business case for an improved public transport system for the Sunshine Coast.
This work builds on the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project undertaken by the Sunshine Coast Council. The Council's Mass Transit Options Analysis (endorsed on 20 October 2021) compared 5 options for an enhanced public transport connection between Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, with a possible extension to Caloundra.
These options included:
The department is now reviewing and using the options analysis report, alongside the outcomes of previous and future community feedback, to refine the options and inform the detailed business case.
The project contributes to implementing the draft Southern Sunshine Coast Public Transport Strategy which sets out the department's vision for a future public transport system for the southern Sunshine Coast area. The project has been identified as a strategic connector to support the coastal corridor.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council.
The Australian Government funding towards this detailed business case forms part of its $22.45 million commitment to the SEQ Growth Business Case Development Program, a program of priority planning works to help inform future investment decisions.
Investment ID 1236359
We are forming a community reference group for the project. Find out more about how to express your interest to become a member.
We are committed to the implementation of sustainability principles for the Sunshine Coast public transport project aligned to the TMR Strategic Plan 2019-2023 objectives to be accessible, safe, responsive, efficient and sustainable.
Last updated: 25 April 2023