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ALP pledges $25m for light rail stage two scoping, design

By Charlotte Harper 10 October 2016 21

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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.”

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Nightshade 11:45 pm 12 Oct 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Maya123 said :

The traffic was awful. I actually turned off and turned around, and decided to return when it wasn’t peak hour.

And there my friends is the solution to our traffic problems. Instead of everyone trying to get from point A to point B at peak hour, spread the start and finish hours around or get people to go to point C, D and E instead. It’s simple really, but for some unknown reason the world has to revolve around a 9-5 work day in an almost 24 hour a day society.

Totally agree. I live in West Belconnen and learned years ago to avoid leaving for work between about 7:30 and 9 am so as to avoid the traffic. So I arrive either super early or (more usually as I’m a night owl) later than most. Luckily my workplace is flexible enough not to mind, and it means much less stress and wasted time for me.

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