Brisbane Metro project features and benefits | Brisbane City Council

Brisbane Metro project features and benefits

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.


For much of the alignment, Brisbane Metro uses the existing world-class busway. Targeted investment in new infrastructure, along with modifications to existing infrastructure, will help address critical inner city bottlenecks and increase capacity of the busway.

Key pieces of infrastructure include:

  • a new underground station at the Cultural Centre precinct
  • Victoria Bridge converted to a 'green' bridge
  • a new tunnel under Adelaide Street
  • modifications and upgrades to existing stations
  • depot facility for Metro vehicle fleet.

Metro vehicle

Brisbane Metro will deliver a new fleet of 60 Metro vehicles, each able to carry up to 150 passengers. Council is assessing a range of vehicles from Australian and international suppliers to determine their suitability for the project. The Metro vehicle fleet will expand over time to accommodate growth and demand for services.

Metro vehicles features include:

  • an approximate length of 24-25 metres
  • a bi-articulated composition (i.e. two articulation or pivot points)
  • three passenger compartments
  • low floor design and at least four large double doors to allow quicker boarding and alighting
  • on-board features, Wi-Fi connectivity and customer information systems to provide real-time travel updates and voice announcements of the next station.


Brisbane Metro will introduce new vehicle and passenger management systems to improve the efficiency and reliability of busway operations and provide a better experience for customers.

System features include:

  • dynamic vehicle bay allocation
  • real-time vehicle location and travel updates
  • passenger information displays and voice announcements
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • access to real-time travel updates.

Policy and operations

Brisbane Metro will change a number of current operational policies to improve capacity and travel time reliability.

Policy and operational features include:

  • multi-door boarding and alighting for customers on Metro vehicles and buses
  • off-board ticketing at existing busway stations
  • ticketing gates at underground stations (Cultural Centre and King George Square)
  • implementation of new passenger information display systems.

Network and services

Brisbane Metro will get residents home quicker and safer with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport.

Network and services features include:

  • interchange opportunities at 11 stations
  • improved bus network with more buses to the suburbs across Brisbane
  • 21 kilometre turn-up-and-go service
  • two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to University of Queensland Lakes
  • using the existing busway infrastructure.

More information

For more information about the features and benefits of Brisbane Metro:

29 October 2018