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ACT Light Rail Coalition – reforms to refight the good fight.

By bonfire - 13 August 2007 23

I received this in an email today which could be of interest to those who care about the future of public transport in the ACT.

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A meeting to discuss reforming (the ACT LRC) as a group to explore options for a light rail network in the ACT region.

The initial meeting will be held at the

Dickson Tradies Club

(in the tram which is located in the dinning room). The meeting time is

5.30pm to 7pm Wednesday 22nd August


There are a number of matters that indicate that this might be a good time to try to get some focus on a light rail network. These include:

1) The Action\ Public transport enquiry, that is due on the 30th August.
2) Options re Federal Government funding for public transport/ environmental initiatives. Should there be a change of government.
3) Continuing media interest in light rail as a public transport option for the ACT region.

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MarkE 2:55 pm 10 Sep 15

Has ANYONE done the numbers? According to the Canberra Times Phase 1 will cost $870M and there are 151,000 households in the ACT so the cost per household will be $5,166 plus interest plus the ongoing operating losses.

Does your family really want to pay $5,166 for a rail line you may never use? You will pay, look at rising rates and parking charges. The money will be extracted from you. Even renters will pay as landlords pass on rates rises in rent rises.

Even in the government’s own calculations the return on investment is only half as effective as widening roads for new bus lanes.

bonfire 3:45 pm 16 Aug 07

good question. i think the proposal to turn the time travelling busway to lightrail was a good idea (apart from building it for buses).

a belco to gungahlin link would get traffic as well.

Pandy 5:11 pm 14 Aug 07

Gungahlin gets the GDE. Work has begun on the Majura Parkway. And now they are getting light rail? Why besides having a tram going down a boulevard of broken trees that will be Northbourne Ave?

What about the residents of Belconnen soon to suplemented by a 20 storey residential block?

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