Gold Coast light rail popularity brings renewed calls for stage 3A funding

It’s been revealed the Gold Coast light rail is more popular than ever, which has prompted more calls for action on the next instalment.

A whopping 42 million trips have been taken on the light rail since it was first launched five years ago, according to new Translink data.

Caville Avenue has been named the busiest station, clocking up 1.67 million touch-ons.


The new data has been hailed ‘awesome news’ by Queensland’s Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who told myGC it’s about time Canberra delivered a fair funding deal.

“It’s awesome news, the Palaszczuk Government built light rail stage two just before the Commonwealth Games (in 2018), and people are using it in droves.

“It is awesome news for the Gold Coast, and we need to keep working hard to extend it through to Burleigh.

“We’re continuing to talk to the Federal Government to get stage 3A done, that’s how the first two stages happened.

“We simply need Canberra to give Gold Coasters a fair share to get the next stage of funding,” Minister Bailey said.