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Date set for public consultation on mass transit project

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The date for public consultation on the Sunshine Coast's future public transport systems has been set.

Locals can voice their opinions on the mass transit options from April 28 and consultation will run for eight weeks.

The options in the draft plan include bus network upgrades, quality bus corridor, bus rapid transit, trackless trams and light rail transit.

Transport portfolio councillor Rick Baberowski says while public transport is the responsibility of the State Government, council is doing the planning work in efforts to attract government funding and.

Community feedback and support is needed to achieve funding, Mr Baberowski says.

“We know we need sustainable and efficient transport options that can move us around quickly as our population grows yet still protect our local lifestyle and environment.

“We are considering a range of options, and we are keen to know your thoughts.”

Community feedback will be included in the Mass Transit Options Analysis report, which will then be submitted to council for consideration.

Cr Baberowski says the comprehensive community engagement process would seek community opinion on a wide range of potential options to help council make recommendations to the State Government for further consideration in the final phase of the mass transit business case process, the Detailed Business Case.

“Make sure you have a say on what you and your family and friends want when it comes to getting around the Sunshine Coast so we can protect our environment and the way we live, work and play."

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson is encouraging people to have their say, and if anyone needs assistance to contact her office.

"We need an integrated transport plan with the right infrastructure."

 [Photo source: Member for Maroochydore website]