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ACT Light Rail Public Meeting Wed 17/10

By Felix the Cat 17 October 2007 28

The next public meeting of ACT Light Rail will be on at 19:30 on Wednesday 17th October 2007 at the New Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Civic. At this meeting the Group will be under taking a workshop to canvass Light Rail options for the proposed Territory Plan amendments for the new town centre of Molonglo and intensive redevelopment of the East Lake area. Feedback and input from this workshop will be used as a basis to lodge a formal response to the ACT Government.

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Pandy 7:05 pm 02 Nov 07

Can we please have some feedback on how the meeting at the Tuggeranong Community Council went last night? Did Hargraeves dig in to his pockets to fund a feasability study of light rail to Bungendore?

Pandy 10:33 pm 22 Oct 07

Nope! But it would be good if we put up our new rail maps for Canberra as was shown on State Focus somewhere on our website.

Maelinar 3:44 pm 18 Oct 07

You don’t need a bus travelling from Gungahlin to Woden if there is a rail system that delivers the same portability.

The only bus network you will need is the one to deliver a passenger to the rail network, and the one to take them from their rail destination.

Are you guys entirely sane over there in the light rail coalition ?

Pandy 2:12 pm 18 Oct 07

Come off it Maeliner, even the light rail coalition knows you have to invest in a substantial upgrade of the bus network to feed this very expensive infrastructure; unless there is a tram travelling past within 400 metres of every Canberran household.

Maelinar 8:31 am 18 Oct 07

As a model city, the Canberra display village and socio-economic testbed is meant to be showing the larger cities of Australia (Syd,Melb,Adelaide,Perth etc) how to do things greener, more economically, showcase design etc etc.

In this circumstance, does it really compare at cost per million per distance to install if the onsell of this technology is then uptaken by the major cities ?

How on earth can it compare to the massive expenditure the Government went through to install the ‘National ‘ series of monoliths around Canberra ?

Let’s face up to the fact we are living in a cutom-built modern city, and get with the times. To be frank, I think the savings they would make by rendering the associated bus routes obsolete would maintain whatever network they put in to replace it.

Pandy 11:46 pm 17 Oct 07

Well the likes of the light rail coalition do not care what it costs. They willspin you stories of how property prices will go up; all livable cities have them so must we; roads costs a lot, so bugger spending the money on the roads and build it instead; it is a sacrifice worth taking.

And cranky spinoff? Calagary has light rail. How many people go there just to ride it?

Vic Bitterman 10:38 pm 17 Oct 07

Well said cranky.

Springfield Monorail anyone?

cranky 8:09 pm 17 Oct 07

Can anyone provide/extrapolate/establish any sort of potentially accurate numbers of punters using these trams (or whatever) over the course of a normal day?

Strikes me that passenger numbers would need to be substantial over a wide daily time period to justify the massive expense required to provide the service.

I would bet money that any and all succesful tramway/light rail systems anywhere in the world rely on considerably greater, and far more densely located, populations to survive.

There is certainly an aura to light rail, and even a potential tourist spinoff, but please do the sums before sadeling us with a white elephant.

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