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About Brisbane Metro

Find out all you need to know about Brisbane Metro.


Brisbane Metro will cut travel times, reduce congestion, and put more buses in the suburbs. Delivering the first stage of the new Brisbane Metro will mean a 21 kilometre turn-up-and-go service, with two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to University of Queensland.

The Brisbane Metro network map (Word - 661Kb) illustrates the planned route that Metro vehicles will travel through Brisbane. 

The project will introduce a new fleet of 60 metro vehicles, each with capacity for up to 150 people. Brisbane Metro will use the existing busway and will mean more buses can be provided to the suburbs.


Brisbane Metro was first announced in 2016 as a solution to address the current congestion and capacity challenges facing Brisbane's bus network. Following this, Council completed a range of detailed technical assessments of the project and has undertaken extensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders throughout the project's development. 

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 city-wide benefits. 

In March 2018 Brisbane Metro was confirmed as a High Priority Project on the nation’s Infrastructure Priority List and is the only project in Queensland to be listed as a High Priority Project. The Business Case confirms that Brisbane Metro is expected to cost $944 million. Council has committed to funding $644 million of the project’s capital cost. In May 2018, the Australian Government confirmed a $300 million funding commitment to Brisbane Metro in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, meaning the project is now fully funded.


Council continues to work closely with the Queensland Government and Australian Government to progress detailed planning for Brisbane Metro.

Following the release of the draft Design Report in April 2018, Council is preparing detailed specifications for all aspects of Brisbane Metro's construction and operation.

Procurement activities for Brisbane Metro commenced in July 2018.

Subject to approvals, detailed design and construction of Brisbane Metro is planned to commence in 2019, with Metro services commencing in 2023.

Key milestones

2017 Business case completed
March 2018 Brisbane Metro added to national Infrastructure Priority List
May 2018 $300 million Australian Government commitment 
June 2018 Project construction fully funded
July 2018 Procurement commences 
2019-2022 Detailed design and construction
2023 Metro services commence


23 January 2019