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Capital Metro can repeat the Gold Coast’s light rail success

By Damien Haas 16 June 2015 82

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Higher than expected light rail patronage, overall growth in all public transport patronage and decreased road traffic…. how did the Gold Coast achieve this?

Page eight of the latest ARA Newsletter offers some insight:

Australasia’s newest Light Rail project on the Gold Coast recorded its 5 millionth passenger in April, reaching Year 2 patronage figures in its first 9 months of operation.

Redesign of the region’s bus network linking to light rail and heavy rail
helped drive 22.6 percent growth in Gold Coast public transport patronage.

Traffic volumes on the Gold Coast Highway fell 5 percent since introduction of light rail in July 2014. Pressure is growing for approval to proceed with Stage 2 that connects with heavy rail at Helensvale station.

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rubaiyat 8:03 am 14 Sep 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

“we travel further in our cars than residents of any other major city in Australia” What BS! The A.C.T from top to bottom is only 30km long. Sydney is 40 to 45km from end to end whilst you could drive 100km in Melbourne from one end before getting into the outer suburbs on the other side. Do they think we are a little unintelligent?

Not true. Canberra is over 40kms from Amaroo to Banks and 30 km from Flynn to Fyshwick (ignoring another 12 to 15 km to the outlying suburbs of Queanbeyan.

All for a population that would barely make up one municipality in Sydney or Melbourne, both cities which sensibly have built Public Transport networks despite the machinations of the car lobbies.

I wouldn’t test the lower range possibilities for “intelligence”, you may not like the answers, as you haven’t any of the countless easily researched rebutals here.

wildturkeycanoe 9:15 pm 30 Jul 15

dungfungus said :

Latest light rail propaganda brochure.
http://www.capitalmetro.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/610244/Capital-Metro-Brochure-Design-Overview.pdf
The “day in the life of Capital Metro” is an insult to Canberrans’ intelligence.

First point “Canberra has a vision”. A vision to be the most highly taxed state [territory] in the country? “Canberra needs to keep growing as a smart and sustainable city” – Light rail is neither smart or sustainable for our economy, which is already in deep doo-doo.
“we travel further in our cars than residents of any other major city in Australia” What BS! The A.C.T from top to bottom is only 30km long. Sydney is 40 to 45km from end to end whilst you could drive 100km in Melbourne from one end before getting into the outer suburbs on the other side. Do they think we are a little unintelligent?
As for the “A day in the life of Capital Metro” graph….OMG. They have planned out our lives for us and it all revolves around being on a tram. The highly praised wi-fi services are useless as we can all get almost unlimited data on the phone networks already. They have us buying coffee on the way to work, why can’t we have it at home whilst having breakfast? Why does lunch time have to be an activity with friends across town and include shopping? Get back to work and stop wasting productive time. 30 minutes is enough to eat and drink, then back to whatever it is you are supposed to be doing. I could go on but it isn’t worth any more effort….what a complete joke this whole thing is.

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