Tag Archives: light rail

Locals should be tram’s priority


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 [...]

Barr, Coe in transport war of words


This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]

ACTION, Capital Metro to merge under Transport Canberra umbrella

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Transport ACT

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 [...]

Beware light rail cost blow-outs

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, what a debacle that mess in the ACTON Tunnel was. It’s hard to imagine in this city of ours how much of a headache an over-height truck can cause. However, due to the unfathomable use uf ‘asbestos’ tiles on the roof of this decades old structure it did indeed cause a headache. What this [...]

Behind the light rail survey

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Survey methodology

Surveys into whether we Canberrans are for or against the ACT Government’s planned light rail system have been in the news all week, and many of our readers have questioned the research methods used.
We contacted Piazza Research, the Phillip-based company contracted to undertake surveys on light rail for the ACT Government, to find out how [...]

Age a key factor in light rail support

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Light rail

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 [...]

Light rail impact statement now online

By 15 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

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
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 [...]

Corbell to include Russell in light rail application

light rail artist impression

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 [...]

Light rail build to nab half a carpark

An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

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 [...]

A war on cars or visionary policy?

By 29 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

Canberra’s MLAs are not exactly famous for lively repartee, but last week duty called for Liberal MLA Giulia Jones. She gave it a good hard crack, flexing her silver tongue and delivering an unbridled bombardment to the Greens.
“Mums and dads trying to get their kids to school and earn the double income needed to survive these [...]

3 years since light rail announced as ALP policy

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
andrew barr light rail

On 21 Sep 2012, the ALP announced that Capital Metro light rail would form part of the policy platform they would take to the 2012 ACT election.
It was covered by ACT Light Rail here.
The ALP and Greens won that election, and formed Government. Light rail commencing construction formed part of the agreement to govern between the [...]

Border Force by tram

By 3 September 2015
Barcelona tram

Just a nuance about last week’s Operation Fortitude demo in Melbourne.  I’ll bet most of the demonstrators (not to be confused with rioters), got the site at Flinders Street Station by tram – read light rail.

Ha ha.
As the Newcastle song goes……….. Don’t you ever let a chance go by, oh Lord.
(Photo: Barcelona tram)

Light rail – Yes, go ahead. No, stop now.

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

[ 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 [...]

How government propaganda may kill light rail (and the rest of Canberra)


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 [...]

Capital Metro can repeat the Gold Coast’s light rail success

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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 [...]

Government to spend $375 million on light rail

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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 [...]

Were alternatives to light rail fully considered?


Late last year a caller to 666 Chief Minister Talkback asked then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher why letters the caller had individually addressed to each Legislative Assembly member had not been received. Ms Gallagher’s response was that the letters were opened and forwarded to the appropriate minister, as per standard practice.
These letters each contained technical information on an [...]

Light rail or Monash Drive to solve Northbourne congestion?

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Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]

Gungahlin traffic woes

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Is anyone else finding the daily commute out of Gungahlin difficult?
My concerns are, as the population of the district increases the amount of traffic on the roads will only increase. Horse Park Dr, parts of Flemington Rd are single lane – not sufficient for the morning volumes of traffic.  Compared to Tuggeranong and Belconnen, Gungahlin [...]

Light rail: Shortlist announced to deliver first stage of Capital Metro


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 [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

light rail artist impression

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 [...]

Light rail and intersections?

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According to Capital Metro:

Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]

No word on how ACT Government plans to make money out of development along the tram corridor

By 5 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An interesting article on some of some apparent secrecy surrounding options for raising money by the ACT Government along the light rail corridor :
There is no doubt it will be more expensive to live along the tram corridor or to set up business there.  The question is, who will pay and how much?
I also see that [...]

The ACT needs to stop having stupid arguments

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

To have a tram or not to have a tram? To have well-behaved dogs on public transport or not? $50 or $20 notes for poker machines? Bikes or cars?  These are not questions.
I appreciate that it is important that we as Canberrans discuss these issues, and I respect the principle that that the public has [...]

Recent Articles/Opinions For and Against Canberra’s Light Rail

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

These relatively short recent articles/opinions are certainly worth a read – what ever your pre disposition to the Light Rail :
Against – “Fantasy: The case for light rail in Gungahlin”
For – “Public transport report boosts case for Canberra light rail, ACT government says”

New Developments : Is this the Look that the Light Rail will Bring ?

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

One of the benefits that the Light Rail is supposed to bring is higher density development along its corridor.  Fair enough.   Some argue that it may be the beginning of the end of “The Bush Capital”.  Personally, I think that newer development is a good thing, but using a Light Rail to generate that is [...]

RiotACT Podcast episode 2 – The saga of light rail and how it will shape the days of your lives

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Mike Jeffreys talks to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher about how she sees the direction the ACT must take, with particular emphasis on the Light Rail project and the part it will play in the Green Labor vision for Canberra.

(RiotACT Podcast episode 2, part 1 of 2)

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 06/11/14

By 6 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Kate Lundy’s ALIVE!
Lame duck Senator Kate Lundy arose from her year-long slumber this week to defend Australia’s women and men in uniform. The powerful political charge was made in a Facebook message where she wrote, “Tony Abbott is offering Australian Defence personnel an effective pay-cut whilst at the same time his government is shovelling money [...]

Tramway, Shamway, Light Rail is the Right Rail

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Capital Metro Business Case released

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 16/10/14

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACTEW: Money down the drain
As money was sucked down the drain from the ACT taxpayer, it fell from the sky for ACTEW’s top brass this year as new Managing Director John Knox flushed away some heavy waste. Including long-service leave, Ex-Managing Director Mark Sullivan left the job this year with a miserly termination package [...]

Those parking changes – will it mean 4 wheels good, 2 wheels better?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Motorbikes are fun.
Although if you find yourself unexpectedly airborne on one it’s a good idea to at least have your feet on the pegs when you come back to earth as my left knee reminds me if I don’t exercise it constantly.
Bicycles are great – from a design and engineering point of view, efficiency, the [...]

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