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. By fixing critical bottlenecks in the inner-city, and introducing new, high-capacity metro vehicles, it provides a cost-effective solution to Brisbane's bus congestion issues.
In May 2017, Brisbane City 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 the project is a value-for-money investment in our public transport network that will provide significant benefits for both the city and the region.
Based on assessments undertaken as part of the Business Case, Brisbane Metro is expected to cost $944 million and will deliver a benefit cost ratio of 1.91, meaning for every $1 of total expenditure, the Project is expected to return $1.91 of benefits to Brisbane's economy.
Council has developed a Key Findings Report, which summarises the key outcomes of the Brisbane Metro Business Case. The report discusses the following:
- need for Brisbane Metro
- current bus network challenges
- development and evolution of Brisbane Metro
- key elements of the project
- future transport network
- next steps.
The Key Findings Report and Brisbane Metro Business Case are available to download.
The Brisbane Metro project 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. It proposed repurposing existing busway infrastructure to provide a dedicated high-frequency metro corridor through the inner-city. Following this, Council completed a range of detailed technical assessments of the project and conducted extensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
In 2017, Brisbane City Council announced the expanded Brisbane Metro project which delivers a network of high-frequency metro services to the inner city and suburbs.
About the project
Brisbane Metro will be delivered through five key elements, including providing new and upgraded infrastructure, high-frequency 'turn-up-and-go' metro services, a new fleet of high-capacity metro vehicles, policy and operational improvements and new passenger and vehicle management systems.
Brisbane Metro comprises a high-frequency 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 and all busway stations in between. The alignment will feature two new high-capacity, high-frequency 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 expanded 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.
Key benefits of the project will include:
- 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
- 21 kilometre dedicated route servicing 18 stations
- upgrades to 17 existing stations, including ticketing improvements to speed up boarding
- interchange opportunities at 11 locations
- improved CBD amenity through reduction of buses on streets
- improved journey times and more reliable services
- allows metro to use the existing busway along with other regular bus services
- connects key health, education, knowledge and entertainment hubs
- fixes key bottlenecks at the Cultural Centre, Victoria Bridge and North Quay
- complements the proposed Cross River Rail project.
Following the release of the Brisbane Metro Business Case, Council is now proceeding to the next stages of project planning. This will include further defining the impacts, benefits and opportunities of Brisbane Metro in partnership with key stakeholders and the community.
Subject to funding and government approvals, construction of Brisbane Metro could commence in 2019, with the project completed in 2022.
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 factsheet - March 2017 (PDF - 2.1Mb)
- Brisbane Metro factsheet - March 2017 (Word - 968kb)
- Brisbane Metro newsletter - April 2017 (PDF - 1.9Mb)
- Brisbane Metro newsletter - April 2017 (Word - 66kb).
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