Gold Coast Light Rail marks 5 millionth passenger
Published 08 May 2015
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND – Just nine months into operation, Queensland’s Gold Coast Light Rail has this week achieved a significant milestone – with the 5 millionth passenger taking a ride on the G:.
Plenary Group Managing Director and GoldlinQ board member, Paul Oppenheim, was pleased to mark the achievement.
“To reach this level of patronage less than 12 months into operations is a fantastic achievement for the GoldlinQ consortium and the Queensland Department of Main Roads and Transport,” Mr Oppenheim said.
In a media released issued by TransLink this week, the company’s Deputy Director-General Stephen Banaghan said that the G: is revolutionising public transport travel on the Gold Coast and is now the spine of TransLink’s public transport network on the Gold Coast.
“What the Gold Coast trams have created is a measurable and real global increase in the use of public transport across the tram and bus network as people embrace their new tram service,” Mr Banaghan said.
According to TransLink, Gold Coast Light Rail patronage continues to exceed expectations since it commenced operations in July 2014, with an average of more than 17,800 trips made on the G: each day.
The G: reached over 1.74 million passengers in its first 100 days after opening.
“A comparable system at 14 km is the Edinburgh light rail that counted 1.5 million passengers in its first 100 days after opening in May 2014," Mr Banaghan said.
GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford said it was great to see Gold Coast residents and visitors embrace The G:
“Reaching this incredible milestone in around 9 months of passenger services validates the hard work that GoldLinQ consortium members have put into the project over the last few years to make it the success it is,” Mr Mumford said.
The GoldlinQ consortium has been contracted by the Queensland Government for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the light rail system.
Plenary Group was the financial arranger for the GoldlinQ consortium and is an equity investor in the project.