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Commitment

Investigate demand responsive innovative public transport initiatives that increase liveability and accessibility.

Design and construct a new purpose-built bus facility in the Townsville CBD and investigate demand response transport initiatives for Townsville.

Responsibilities

Led by the Queensland Government in collaboration with Townsville City Council. This commitment will involve investigations into demand responsive transport with other key stakeholders and to identify the best way to connect communities with existing public transport networks and key attractors such as the CBD, James Cook University and other business, health and educational precincts. Townsville City Council are responsible for the design and delivery of the Townsville City Bus Station.

Progress to Date

The Queensland Government is continuing feasibility planning as part of DRT investigations and will use detailed operational data from the Logan trial combined with the outcomes of other transport studies, to finalise its feasibility investigation for Townsville. The Queensland Government has also commenced the Townsville Mobility Study to inform options for improved passenger transport in Townsville.

The Queensland Government is providing $4 million in funding for the Townsville City Bus Station which is being delivered by Townsville City Council. Construction commenced in August 2018 and is due to be completed in the first half of 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The bus station has the potential to be a catalyst for CBD activation and provide a public transport connection within walking distance of the new North Queensland Stadium.

Next Steps

The Queensland Government will work with Townsville City Council to finalise the Townsville Mobility Study in 2019. The Study will provide a framework for assessing the strategic role, merits and feasibility of DRT in Townsville.

The Townsville City Bus Station is expected to open in Q2 2019.