THE wait is finally over. Gold Coast trams will officially start carrying passengers for the first time on Sunday July 20.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the eagerly awaited date follows confirmation that all parties are satisfied light rail is ready to go.
“After three years of design and construction works the Gold Coast will have a world-class public transport option,” Mr Emerson said.
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“As a government we have a strong plan to get more people on to public transport and light rail provides an easy-to-use, frequent service ensuring a bright future for anyone travelling in and around the Gold Coast.
“Following the day of free travel on Sunday, paid passenger tram services and the new bus timetable will commence on Monday 21 July that will include additional high frequency bus routes and improved connections between trains, buses and trams.
“Trams will run every seven-and-a-half minutes, to Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and I encourage everyone to jump on board.”
From Monday 21 July, those using the light rail will be able to use an all-day travel go explore card.
Mr Emerson said for the past few months Gold Coasters have seen the light rail system testing underway that included running trams to a rigorous time table.
“I want to thank businesses and residents for their ongoing patience during the construction phase.”
Final testing and training will continue over the next two weeks.