By: Fabian Cotter

BREAKING: BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL - Australia’s largest local government authority, by population at 1.2 million - has commenced its global search for a partner to design, deliver and commission an innovative, world-class public transport fleet of 60 high-capacity Metro vehicles as part of its Brisbane Metro project. The registration link is now live.

Brisbane City Council is commenting its Metro vehicle hunt. Registration of Interest link now live.

The Brisbane Metro project represents the next step in public transport for Brisbane, Australia, according to the council. With two Metro routes operating every three minutes during peak periods, it will introduce turn-up-and-go services across Brisbane’s existing busway network, linking the suburbs with the inner city, it’s stated.

As part of the project, a fleet of 60 high-capacity ‘Metro Vehicles’ that can operate on the existing busway network will be introduced – a first for any city in Australia. The new Metro vehicles will deliver high-frequency services across 18 stations, including a new underground station in the heart of the city’s Cultural Precinct, it’s stated.

The new Metro vehicles are set to become a recognisable part of Brisbane’s public transport network, and set new standards for customer comfort, safety and accessibility, says the council.

Its current concept design envisages a bi-articulated vehicle, with three passenger compartments and a length of approximately 25 metres. The chassis is anticipated to have four axles, running on rubber tyres. Generally, the front and rear axles will be steerable. The Metro vehicle will have a passenger capacity of 150 people, low-floor design and large double doors for easy boarding.

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Together with the Council’s existing bus fleet, the new Metro vehicles will help meet the growing demand for fast and convenient public transport between the suburbs and inner city, it’s believed. Thus Brisbane City Council is seeking a modern, distinctive style that differentiates the vehicles from other public transport services and reflects similar high-capacity metro services around the world.

Procurement of the new Metro vehicle fleet has commenced, with Brisbane City Council inviting registrations of interest from organisations with the experience and capability to design, deliver and commission the Metro vehicle fleet.

"The Metro vehicles will be procured and delivered under a design and build contract. As part of the Metro vehicle package, Council is seeking the design, build and supply of a pilot vehicle to allow testing and inspection in the Brisbane environment," explained a council spokesperson to Australasian Bus & Coach magazine.

"The pilot is expected to be a single vehicle that will require design, build, quality assurance, transportation to Brisbane, regulatory approvals and after-sales support during the testing and inspection period.

"Upon successful testing and commissioning of the pilot, Council would place an order for the balance of the initial fleet of 60 Metro vehicles, with additional vehicles potentially required in the future," they added.

Following the Registration of Interest process, Council expects to release an Expression of Interest later this year, with the contract for the pilot vehicle awarded by mid-2019. Delivery of the full Metro vehicle fleet is required by 2022, with Metro services set to commence in 2023.

The Brisbane Metro project is fully funded, with the Australian Government contributing AUD$300 million and Council committed to funding the remainder of the project’s capital cost, it’s stated.

Suitability qualified vehicle suppliers and manufacturers are encouraged to be part of one of Australia’s most exciting public transport projects by visiting the Brisbane City Council’s website,, and completing the Registration of Interest process.

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