The Brisbane Metro, a key public transport project in Brisbane, is progressing towards its expected full operational status in late 2024. This ambitious project, spearheaded by the Brisbane City Council, is set to transform the city’s connectivity between the central business district (CBD) and various suburbs.
The Brisbane Metro will consist of two new lines connecting 18 stations along dedicated busways.
These lines will run from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to the University of Queensland. The network is designed to provide high-capacity, fully electric metros that integrate with existing bus and train services, offering 24-hour services on weekends.
Significant changes are anticipated in the CBD due to construction work, especially with the Adelaide Street tunnel’s completion projected for May 2024. This tunnel will link Adelaide Street to King George Square, impacting traffic flow and bus routes in the area.
As part of the Brisbane Metro project, there will be a revamp of the current bus network. This includes the redesign of 12 suburban routes to connect more effectively with the Metro, the introduction of three new routes, and the removal of two existing routes. Additionally, 13 routes will be combined for greater efficiency, and new all-day services will be introduced.
The Brisbane Metro vehicles will feature advanced technology for enhanced service and technical reliability. Each vehicle will have three spacious compartments with large double doors to facilitate faster passenger loading. The vehicles will be powered using Hitachi Energy’s Grid-eMotion® charging system, allowing for quick charging times and efficient operation during peak hours. The design also includes accessibility features such as low-floor design, large mobility aid bays, and automated ramp access.
Integration with the Cross River Rail is also a key aspect of the project. Transfers between the Brisbane Metro and the Cross River Rail will be available at key stations like Roma Street, Boggo Road, and Woolloongabba from 2025.
For residents and commuters, the Brisbane City Council is making efforts to minimize the impact of construction works, including implementing traffic control measures and maintaining lift access at key stations like the Cultural Centre during upgrades.
The Brisbane Metro is not just a transportation project but a step towards showcasing Brisbane as a leader in innovative transport solutions, enhancing the city’s accessibility and connectivity.
For more detailed information and updates, you can visit the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Metro page.