Will the new free City Loop bus, which commenced operations today, attract sufficient users to make it worth running?
The smart-looking loop bus will be whizzing around town till October at least, reminding us all of the benefits of convenient public transport (like trams) ahead of the ACT Legislative Assembly election that month. But will it [...]
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has welcomed the release of the auditor general’s performance report into the initiation of the light rail project between Gungahlin and the City.
The report found that Capital Metro Agency’s “governance, administrative and project management framework is sound and generally accords with better practice”.
It further stated that preparations to date had [...]
A Gungahlin to Civic busway offers greater overall economic benefits than Stage 1 of Capital Metro, and will probably cause fewer greenhouse emissions.
This story begins in 2012. Labor needed to win most of the four Greens seats at the October election if it was to avoid another term of minority government. The Greens had promised [...]
An act of political bastardry saw the ACT Government sign off last week on the Gungahlin light rail project, almost five months to the day from the October Assembly election.
The proposal has generated massive argument throughout Canberra with a final price of $710 million (ha, ha) for 12km of line to service a small section [...]
Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed a media event yesterday to mark the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
The protesters held a large anti-tram banner behind Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell as he made the announcement that paves the way for the start of construction on [...]
The ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro, yesterday signed contracts for stage one of the project and confirmed that construction on the Gungahlin to City route will commence next month.
At a media event to announce the signing, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell unveiled an upgraded plan for the Alinga St [...]
Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed the announcement today on Northbourne Avenue of the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
See a more detailed version of this story here, learn more about the signing of the contract here, and see how the Canberra Liberals reacted here.
The protesters [...]
The ACT Government will merge its Territory and Municipal Services department with its planned Transport Canberra organisation to form a new ACT Government directorate responsible for ACTION buses, light rail, active travel and local services from July 1. The directorate will be called Transport Canberra and City Services.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris [...]
The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]
The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]
The ACT Environment and Planning Directorate has approved development applications for light rail links between Gungahlin and the City and from the City to Russell.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the development applications were open for public consultation for 15 working days during which 22 submissions were received.
“These approvals are an important milestone for [...]
Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]
A new single agency, Transport Canberra, will oversee the territory’s light rail and bus network from July 2016 when light rail contract negotiations are complete, putting an end to any speculation that ACTION may be privatised.
There will be no change to the ACTION and Capital Metro brands at this time and Minister for Capital Metro [...]
A majority of older Canberrans are anti-light rail but overall capital residents are for the Capital Metro according to new survey results.
Only 46% of over-65s are pro-light rail compared to 67% of 35-49-year-olds.
ACT Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has released a summary of data from surveys undertaken by Piazza Research for the government showing [...]
The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Canberra’s light rail network is complete, has been lodged with the planning and land authority and is now available to the public at planning.act.gov.au.
A draft version of the EIS was published in June and after four weeks of consultation, the Capital Metro Agency had received 60 responses from the [...]
The ACT Government has sent a strong message to the anti-light rail lobby today by announcing it will lodge a development application for the optional extension to Russell together with that for the initial Civic to Gungahlin line within weeks.
A statement from Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the application would cover works required [...]
The ACT Government will use up to half of the Magistrates Court carpark on London Circuit as a construction compound during stage one of the building of Canberra’s light rail network.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the Government was in talks with Civic businesses and other stakeholders to ensure sufficient car-parking remained available during [...]
[ 27 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
I am the Chair of the Canberra Public Transport Alliance, and a past Chair of the Combined Community Councils Transport Working Group. I am concerned with the way the ACT Government is handling the light rail issue.
I do not believe ACT voters have been given any opportunity to collectively vote on whether they want a [...]
I support the introduction of light rail networks across Canberra.
We should not be having this debate in 2015. The first tracks should have been laid down in the late 1950s or at least by the mid 1960s.
I blame the former NCDC for this oversight. This lack of light rail transport infrastructure most likely came about [...]
That awkward moment when…
There’s quite often a moment in the workplace when your boss corrects you, asserting their position as top dog. This could even undermine your position on a certain topic.
That’s where Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson is with his federal boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It’s now twice that Abbott has completely undermined [...]
The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]
Higher than expected light rail patronage, overall growth in all public transport patronage and decreased road traffic…. how did the Gold Coast achieve this?
Page eight of the latest ARA Newsletter offers some insight:
Australasia’s newest Light Rail project on the Gold Coast recorded its 5 millionth passenger in April, reaching Year 2 patronage figures in its first 9 months [...]
The ACT Government will make a capital contribution of $375 million towards Canberra’s light rail project, Capital Metro, ACT budget papers have revealed.
The budget papers explain that the contribution, which is half of the project’s estimated $750 million cost and mostly funded by the sale of ACTTAB and old government office blocks, will be set aside [...]
[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015.
Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.
The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:
How does the Government plan to meet [...]
Two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.
The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s [...]
I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]
The ACT Government will be able to choose from four world-class consortia for the delivery of the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network, Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday.
“Four private sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest for the first stage of Canberra’s light [...]
[ 19 November 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Wednesday’s North Canberra Community Council meeting will feature a Capital Metro presentation on light rail, a COTA presentation on elderly persons accommodation and a discussion of the Mr Fluffy buyback scheme. It will also consider ACT electoral boundaries, the proposal to re-zone the area to the east of the Dickson swimming pool, and the proposed [...]
I’m back form my overseas hols and am an even more ardent supporter of light rail than I was before I left.
Being a very parochially Tuggeranonite, I always wanted the Tuggers to Woden route to be the second leg of the rollout. I reckon that Athllon Drive is a made for purpose thoroughfare and that [...]
The long awaited business case for the light rail line from Civic to Gungahlin has been released. At a media only event at the Gallery of Australian Design, the Chief Minister released the Business Case and the EOI simultaneously. Prospective tenderers have until mid December to prepare their bids.
The Capital Metro project has tremendous [...]
The ACT Government plans to invite expressions of interest from 31 October for a private consortium to build, own and operate a light rail system for a period of 20 years.
The Capital Metro light rail, or tramway, will come into service in 2019 along a 12 km track between Gungahlin and Civic via Dickson. The [...]