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 Post subject: Gold Coast Trams
PostPosted: 24 Mar 2013, 01:29 
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Gold Coast trams have been mentioned before in this forum but there hasn't been a specific thread about it until now.

For those who have been unaware of it, construction on the Gold Coast in Queensland is well under way for a tram route from Griffith University (Gold Coast campus) to Broadbeach, passing through Southport and Surfer's Paradise.

Here is a link to a cgi of the proposal.
http://youtu.be/ZQ0kZ6W7Znc

Here are some pics of some of the construction so far.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffrey_gr ... otostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffrey_gr ... otostream/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/76513211@N07/8283446012/ (source Nathan Murray at Flickr)

Queen & Nerang Sts (source Dimethyltryptamine):
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Some Photoshops of Surfer's section (sourced from Dimethyltryptamine):
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First GC Tram Nears Completion:
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/201 ... -news.html
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Services are expected to begin in 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Gold Coast Trams
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 11:47 
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Elija's video of the very modern tram service looks to me like a perfect interim measure to service Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport by extension from Essendon of the existing service.

Not all air-travel passngers are in a 'rip tearing hurry' to get to and or, from the airport. Indeed, too and from Melbourne's airport on an 'iconic' Melbourne tram sounds good to me. Throw in Myki cheap ticketing that co-ordinates travel with the remainder of public transport options at reasonable prices, and that's all good.

The Skybus would remain a more expensive, express option, outside of peak road-traffic, congested periods.

All this as an interim measure prior to a dedicated faster train option at an indeterminate date post 2020. :x


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Coast Trams
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 16:27 
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A tram extension to Tullamarine along Melrose Drive might have some role as local travel for people who work at the airport, although there's absolutely no housing for the last few kilometres.

However it would be useless for travel to the inner suburbs or the city itself. A tram couldn't possibly compete with Skybus as far as travel time is concerned.


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Coast Trams
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 Post subject: Re: Gold Coast Trams
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The track laying is pretty much finished between Elkhorn and Cavill Sts, and barricades removed.

http://instagram.com/p/aPPT81wItQ/

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 Post subject: Re: Gold Coast Trams
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Its time our other metropolitan areas also look at light rail.

It is the transport trend that is catching on around the world.

Because there are huge lifestyle tourism and environmental benefits.

Look out for future light rail in perth hobart canberra darwin newcastle and eventually brisbane as well

Cities the size of ballarat cairns geelong and toowoomba should also start feasibility studies now ... if they are smart that is.


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