Brisbane Metro is a high-frequency public transport system that will cut travel times, reduce Central Business District (CBD) bus congestion and improve services to the suburbs.
With two metro routes operating every three minutes in peak periods, Brisbane Metro will deliver a network of turn-up-and-go services linking the suburbs with the inner city.
Together with the Queensland Government’s Cross River Rail project, Brisbane Metro will unlock existing capacity constraints at the core of the transport network, helping to support future jobs and population growth across the region.
In March 2018, Brisbane Metro was confirmed as a High Priority Project on the nation’s Infrastructure Priority List, which is used by governments to guide future infrastructure investments. This follows Infrastructure Australia’s positive assessment of the project Business Case and makes Brisbane Metro the only public transport project in Queensland to be listed in the High Priority category.
Brisbane Metro was first announced in 2016 as a solution to the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network, which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Following this, Council completed a range of detailed technical assessments of the project and conducted extensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
In May 2017, Council released the Brisbane Metro Business Case, following a 12 month detailed assessment of the benefits, costs and impacts of delivering the project. The Business Case confirms Brisbane Metro is a value-for-money investment in our public transport network that will provide significant benefits for both the city and the region.
Council has developed a Business Case Key Findings Report, which summarises the key outcomes of the Business Case. The Key Findings Report and Brisbane Metro Business Case are available to download.
About the project
Brisbane Metro comprises a turn-up-and-go metro network across 21 kilometres of existing busway that links the Eight Mile Plains, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) and University of Queensland (UQ) Lakes busway stations and all stations in between.
The alignment will feature two new high-frequency, high-capacity metro lines:
- Metro 1 - Eight Mile Plains busway station to Roma Street busway station
- Metro 2 - RBWH busway station to UQ Lakes busway station.
The project will introduce a new fleet of 60 metro vehicles, each with capacity for up to 150 people, that can use the busway alongside other bus services. A new underground station for metro and bus services will be delivered at the Cultural Centre, and a new depot for the metro vehicle fleet will be constructed near the existing busway at Rochedale.
Some high-frequency bus routes will continue to operate on the busway, providing a network of suburbs-to-city services for residents across Brisbane. Other services will provide regular, frequent connections from the suburbs to high-frequency metro services at busway stations. Improvements such as off-board ticketing and all-door boarding will also help to improve journey times and reliability.
Project features and benefits
Brisbane Metro will deliver:
- high-frequency services every three minutes in peak periods on weekdays, with a metro every 90 seconds between Roma Street and Mater Hill busway stations
- high-frequency services every five minutes on weekdays between the peak periods, providing a high level of convenience and reliability for passengers throughout the day
- a 21 kilometre dedicated route servicing 18 stations
- upgrades to 17 existing stations, including ticketing improvements to speed up boarding
- interchange opportunities at 11 locations.
Key benefits of Brisbane Metro include:
- faster journey times and more reliable services
- more bus services for the suburbs across Brisbane
- improved CBD amenity through reduction of buses on inner city streets
- better connections between key health, education, knowledge and entertainment hubs
- fixes key bottlenecks at the Cultural Centre, Victoria Bridge and North Quay
- complements the State Government’s Cross River Rail project.
Based on assessments undertaken as part of the Business Case, Brisbane Metro is expected to cost $944 million. As part of the 2017-18 Budget, Council announced funding for two-thirds of the project’s capital cost. Council is seeking a funding contribution from the Federal Government for the remaining one-third of the capital cost of Brisbane Metro.
Since completing the Business Case in 2017, Council continues to work closely with the State Government and Federal Government to progress detailed planning for Brisbane Metro.
In April 2018, Council will release the Brisbane Metro draft Design Report, providing the community and stakeholders another opportunity to help shape this vital project. The draft Design Report describes the construction and operation of Brisbane Metro in detail. The draft report will be available to view on Council’s website and at upcoming community information sessions.
Subject to approvals and funding being in place, Council expects procurement activities for Brisbane Metro to commence in mid-2018. Detailed design and construction of Brisbane Metro is planned to commence in 2019, with metro services commencing in 2023.
Early investigation works
To inform further planning for Brisbane Metro, Council is undertaking early investigation works including surface feature survey, geotechnical investigations and potholing.
These investigation works will occur over the coming months at locations across the project corridor. This includes the Cultural Centre Precinct in South Brisbane, the Brisbane CBD, Buranda, Mount Gravatt and Rochedale.
More information about investigation works will be provided to the local community prior to works commencing in each area.
Download the latest documents for Brisbane Metro in your preferred format:
- Brisbane Metro Business Case Key Findings Report (PDF - 3.7Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - front cover (PDF - 805kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter list (PDF - 171kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 1 - Executive summary (PDF - 1.5Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 2 - Project introduction and background (PDF - 626kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 3 - Strategic and policy context (PDF - 1.2Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 4 - Problem definition (PDF - 3.4Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 5 - Options analysis (PDF - 1.2Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 6 - Project solution (PDF - 1.2Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 7 - Customer and product analysis and benefits (PDF - 2.6Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 8 - City and place analysis and benefits (PDF - 1.2Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 9 - Concept design (PDF - 2.3Mb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 10 - Community consultation and public interest (PDF - 792kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 11 - Cost, risk and economic analysis (PDF - 590kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 12 - Delivery options and value for money analysis (PDF - 619kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Chapter 13 - Conclusions and recommendations (PDF - 446kb)
- Brisbane Metro Business Case - Glossary (PDF - 474kb)
- Brisbane Metro newsletter - March 2018 (PDF - 1.45Mb)
- Brisbane Metro newsletter - March 2018 (Word - 59kb)
- Brisbane Metro newsletter - April 2018 (PDF - 3.76Mb)
- Brisbane Metro newsletter - April 2018 (Word - 40kb).
Learn more about Brisbane Metro in this video. You can also view this video on Council's YouTube account.
If you have any questions or would like more information about Brisbane Metro, you can:
- phone the project team on 1800 692 333 during business hours
- phone Council on 07 3403 8888 after hours
- email the project team
- write to:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001