The steady growth of population and business activity in the metropolitan area of South-East Queensland centred around Brisbane and the increasing use of motor cars have brought into focus the vital role of public transport. No one form of transportation alone can meet all the varying requirements for the movement of persons within the urban area. The shifts from public to private transport which have already taken place indicate that urban travel needs cannot be met by motor cars alone, and that the use of public transport must be continued and expanded if free movement and a desirable urban environment are to be maintained.
PAST AND PROJECTED POPULATION GROWTH
Internal Study Area
PER CENT INCREASE
City of Brisbane
City of Ipswich
City of Redcliffe
Part of Pine River Shire
Part of Redland Shire
Part of Albert Shire
Part of Beaudesert Shire
(1) Derived from data supplied by Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics.
(2) Estimate by Brisbane City Council Planning Department.
In recognition of this, the South-East Queensland - Brisbane Region Public Transport Study was commissioned to develop plans and procedures for public transport service to the Year 2000 with adequate capacity to meet future demands and of a quality designed to attract the greatest possible use of public transport. Since the daily movements of residents of the metropolitan region for work, education, shopping, and social activities extend across political boundaries, the Internal Study Area includes the cities of Brisbane, Ipswich and Redcliffe, and the urbanised portions of Pine Rivers, Albert, Redland and Beaudesert Shires. The population of this 608 square mile area, now 802,700, is expected to increase to 1.694,800 by the Year 2000.
In addition, travel needs to and from the outer influence area of metropolitan Brisbane were considered. This External Regional Area lies generally within 60 airline miles of the centre of Brisbane and includes the major provincial cities of Gold Coast and Toowoomba, the parts of Pine Rivers, Albert, Redland and Beaudesert Shires which are not included in the metropolitan region, and all of Caboolture, Landsborough, Maroochy, Noosa, Kilcoy, Esk. Gatton, Laidley, Moreton and Boonah Shires. This 7,921 square mile area has a popu lation of 221.800 persons, expected to increase to 567,000 by the Year 2000.