Simon Corbell has announced he’s putting out to tender a study on how the ironclad promise of a light rail track will integrate with the rest of the bus network:
“Light rail will be an addition to our existing public transport network in the ACT, and therefore this study will provide detailed and essential analysis of how the bus network and the new Capital Metro will work in tandem to best meet the needs of our community.
“This report will also inform government about what extra transport planning work will be required to ensure this project is delivered properly.”
The study will start in early 2013 and will explore options for the integration of light rail into Canberra’s public transport network. It will also investigate the capacity and operational requirements of the stations and stops along the light rail corridor and inform future forward design of the project
“One of the priorities identified by the community when the government sought feedback on initial transit options earlier this year was ensuring that all forms of transport were considered during the planning and delivery of light rail,” Mr Corbell said.
“This study will also look at pedestrian and cycling access to stops and stations, as well as the potential for new Park and Rides to make it easier to access light rail.
“The Park and Ride facility is increasingly popular at Exhibition Park and feasibility planning has been completed for new facilities at Well Station Drive and the western end of the Gungahlin Town Centre.
Those new to Canberra might think this is an odd way to go about planning a transport system.