Metro and bus network review

In Brisbane, two-thirds of public transport passengers are bus users, so our bus network is essential to keep our city moving. Brisbane Metro is Brisbane City Council’s single biggest public transport project to date and it will be a key part of our city’s greater transport network when services begin in 2024.

The first stage of Brisbane Metro will evolve our bus network to better meet the travel needs of our growing city and address demand for more efficient transport. As our city grows, there could be future opportunities for Brisbane Metro services to extend to other parts of the city, to further evolve our bus network. Future stages could see metro services extend to Chermside, Carindale, Springwood and the Brisbane Airport.

To realise the benefits, we need to make some changes to the current bus network, particularly in Brisbane’s southern suburbs and CBD, to enable capacity for future growth and ensure you have more on-time services.

The network changes will make better use of our existing world-class busway infrastructure, reduce inner-city bottlenecks, and deliver more reliable, frequent and high-capacity public transport services from the suburbs to the city.

With increased connectivity to key destinations and other public transport services including Cross River Rail, the new network will provide greater opportunities to connect with the people and places you love.

Help us shape the network

Council has been working with Translink on changes to our bus network, and soon it will be your turn to have your say on the proposed changes.

You can help us shape our new network in many ways:

  • Complete a quick survey to let us know how you feel about the current services
  • Sign up to receive updates 
  • Come along to a community information session - planned for October to December 2022. More information will be provided on this page in the coming months.

New network highlights

more than half of journeys will be faster during peak times

160,000 additional trips each year

south east busway capacity increased by 30.4 million passengers per year in 2031

freeing up cultural centre station

Future network changes

The first stage of Brisbane Metro is expected to be delivered in 2024. This will enable some bus services to be redistributed across the broader network, allowing for service improvements in other locations.

As part of any future stages of the Brisbane Metro project, any extensions would require further detailed planning, the delivery of infrastructure, available funding and government approvals.

Future metro network map

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Project timeline

current stage

Analyse and design the new metro and bus network, using data and travel analytics.

october-december 2022

Release draft metro and bus network for community consultation.

early 2023

Refine metro and bus network design following consultation.

mid 2023

Release feedback report.

late 2023

Seek Translink approval on the final network.

early 2024

Undertake metro and bus network operational readiness testing.


Commence Stage 1: new metro and bus network.

Last updated: 20 July 2022

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