A re-elected Labor government would start work immediately on stage two of its planned light rail network and offer a free trial of all new Rapid Bus services, according to Labor transport spokeswoman Meegan Fitzharris.
Labor would spend $25 million on scoping and design work for light rail stage two.
Ms Fitzharris says almost 210,000 Canberrans will live, work or study within 1km of the Woden light rail corridor by 2041.
“This important work will assist in understanding the stage two route alignment, develop the funding and financing model for the project, and determine the best procurement approach for the Territory,” Ms Fitzharris says.
Labor has responded to pledges from other candidates to make buses free by promising to also offer passengers on its new rapid routes a free two-month trial of the service.
The first new rapid buses to begin would be the Green Rapid from Woden to the City via Manuka and Barton, and the Black Rapid from Belconnen to Gungahlin.
“Passengers on these new routes will be able to ride for free for the first two months of service from mid-2017,” Ms Fitzharris says.
Labor will also rebrand its “Xpresso” routes as “Peak Express” services, backing the relaunch with a marketing campaign.
“On average these services carry around 13,000 passengers a week – 3.7 per cent of total bus patronage, but they could do better,” Ms Fitzharris says.
“A new Peak Express service will be trialled from Gungahlin to Tuggeranong, offering three express non-stop morning and evening services between the two centres.”