The idea for a better public transport system for the Gold Coast is not new. Proposals for a new rapid transit system were developed as part of Gold Coast City Council’s Transport Plan released in 1998.

In 2004, a joint Queensland Transport and Gold Coast City Council feasibility study developed plans for a possible light rail or bus rapid transit system. These two possibilities were compared against a number of criteria including passenger capacity, passenger comfort, reliability, safety, sustainability and value for money.

After much detailed planning and community consultation, light rail was selected as the preferred option because:

  • it has capacity to move more people than bus rapid transit
  • it has a lower environmental impact than bus rapid transit
  • it is proven to stimulate economic investment along the route
  • the Gold Coast community showed strong favour for light rail.


On 6 May 2011, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced GoldLinQ as the successful proponent to operate Queensland’s first light rail system on the Gold Coast. The GoldLinQ consortium consists of McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd and KDR Gold Coast Pty.

More detail about GoldLinQ can be found on the GoldLinQ page.

Community consultation

Community and stakeholder engagement has formed an integral part of the project. More than 300,000 residents, businesses and interested parties were engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads project team and invited to have their say during the community consultation process conducted from 2006 to 2008.

Feedback received informed several changes to the design to enhance the benefits and reduce impacts of delivering Queensland’s first light rail system.

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