Moreton Bay's biggest public infrastructure project in more than a generation – the Redcliffe Peninsula rail line – officially opened last week, providing a 12.6 kilometre dual-track passenger rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the project had created 800 jobs during construction alone and was a vital investment in the local community. The rail includes 6 rail stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.
"The Moreton Bay region is home to more than 375,000 people and the population is expected to exceed 500,000 within 15 years," Mr Turnbull said.
"This rail line will attract new business investment in the area, provide better connectivity between key activity centres and remove approximately 600 cars from the local road network for every full train."
Mr Turnbull said the rail line would see some commuters switch from private vehicles to public transport, which will in turn reduce congestion on the local road network.
"The project has delivered a 12.6 kilometre dual track passenger rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring along with six new stations," Mr Turnbull said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new rail line will be transformational for the region, especially for suburbs adjacent to the rail line.
"The new rail line will deliver more than 650 train services a week between Kippa-Ring and Brisbane, with trains running every six to 12 minutes in morning and afternoon peaks, and every 30 minutes in off-peak periods and during weekends," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Importantly, it better connects the local community to the wider SEQ network and brings the Brisbane CBD and other destinations closer.
"Realistically, someone could jump on a train here in Kippa Ring and use our public transport network to visit the beaches of Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said after more than 100 years in the making, it was hard to believe the Redcliffe Peninsula Line had finally arrived.
"The Redcliffe Peninsula Line and new bus network will completely transform our region from this day forward, taking thousands of cars off the roads and better connecting our residents with employment and education opportunities," Cr Sutherland said.
"We're looking forward to the continued growth this rail line is expected to unlock, including the vital role it will play in driving forward other major projects for our region like the new university precinct adjacent to Petrie station – 'The Mill at Moreton Bay'.
"This 460 hectare development will promote real opportunities for transit oriented development and large-scale public transport use, not to mention catering for up to 20,000 university students and 6,000 new jobs by 2036."
The Redcliffe Peninsula Line was formerly known as the Moreton Bay Rail Link during construction, before officially changing its name in early September 2016. The project is jointly funded by all levels of government, with the Australian Government contributing $595 million, the Queensland Government $323 million and the Moreton Bay Regional Council $108 million.
The project is part of a $1.2 billion program of public transport improvements for the Moreton Bay Region. The program includes the $988 million Redcliffe Peninsula rail line and the $37.5 million Rothwell Intersection Upgrade which are jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council; and the $139 million Lawnton to Petrie Rail Upgrade Project.