Australia’s Queensland Government has started passenger services on the Gold Coast new light rail system.
The $1.2bn Gold Coast Rapid Transit project has been jointly funded by state and federal governments, as well as the Gold Coast City Council, and covers 14 trams and 16 stations across a 13km rail route.
The GoldLinQ consortium was selected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the light rail system.
Queensland Transport minister Scott Emerson said: "The light rail will give local residents far more than a world-class public transport network.
"Light rail has a proven track record for revitalising cities by connecting people and places, and attracting investment."
Federal member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo said: "The Gold Coast Rapid Transit delivers a modern, integrated light rail system that helps meet the transport needs of Australia’s sixth largest city.
"This project is a perfect example of a public-private partnership delivering the infrastructure this country needs for a more prosperous future."
Image: Gold Coast Light Rail between Broadwater Parklands station and the Nerang River. Photo: courtesy of Advanstra.