The Gold Coast Bulletin reported bus patronage had dramatically increased in the 12 months to 2017-18 and there was higher than expected support for the extension of light rail.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the increase in bus patronage revealed residents and visitors had called for options to move safely, efficiently, and sustainably around the Gold Coast, which led to a take-up in public transport.
“We’ve seen huge demand from for public transport services from residents along the coast and throughout the suburbs, which future stages of the Gold Coast light rail, as well as bus network reform, could provide for,” Ms Ross said.
“Public transport is proving very popular with the latest survey results from the State Government showing strong support from residents and businesses for the Light Rail Stage 3A, and even more so for Stage 3B.”
Ms Ross said RACQ encouraged Gold Coast Council and State Government to ensure a range of high quality options to connect residents to and from transport hubs to their front door, during the planning phase.
“Making sure people can drive, walk, cycle and catch other public transport to and from tram stations will increase accessibility to people, jobs, and businesses further away from the corridor.”