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Capital Metro endorsed by Cabinet – light rail is a go!

By damien haas - 15 September 2014 142

I was in the room for the Capital Metro Industry Briefing at the National Convention Centre this morning when Simon Corbell, Capital Metro Agency Minister, announced that the business case for Capital Metro had been endorsed by Cabinet, and the project approved.

Total cost – 783 million dollars.

Construction will begin in 2016 with service expected to begin in 2019/20.

EOI’s will be called for on 31 October, when the full business case will also be released.

This is such wonderful news for the future of Canberra.

A full report is at ACT Light Rails website.

http://www.actlightrail.info/2014/09/act-government-endorse-capital-metro.html

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

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142 Responses to
Capital Metro endorsed by Cabinet – light rail is a go!
1
JessP 6:47 pm
15 Sep 14
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Un-f*&$ing-believable.

The stupidest idea ever. Welcome to a new low ACT Labor.

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Holden Caulfield 7:45 pm
15 Sep 14
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$783 million?

Let’s go for a nearest the pin on the actual final cost.

$1.41 billion is my bid.

That would buy a lot of free bus rides right across Canberra.

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haroldbeagle 7:56 pm
15 Sep 14
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>>>Total cost – 783 million dollars.
>>>Construction will begin in 2016 with service expected to begin in 2019/20.

If this governmen’ts past performances, and the performance of pretty much every other recent light rail project around the planet is anything to go by, we should expect the final cost to be close to 2 billion, with a finish date sometime in the 2030’s, and only go as far as Dickson. Or am I being to optimistic?

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milkman 8:23 pm
15 Sep 14
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So the project budget is known, but we don’t have a detailed tender response nor public release of the business case.

I hope that when this ****s up, that Canberra learns to stop being a safe Labor town. It will be an expensive lesson, though.

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Masquara 8:29 pm
15 Sep 14
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Polls please, Riotact!

It would be very interesting to see a poll asking which Canberrans had rather put off – a new convention centre or light rail – to fund dealing with the asbestos knock-down-&-rebuild.

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Masquara 8:31 pm
15 Sep 14
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Damian Haas, some $163 million is being put aside from our pockets to cover when the public/private partnership cost gets sheeted home to the ratepayer. How do you explain that, other than an admission of cost blowout even before the project starts?

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Masquara 8:32 pm
15 Sep 14
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>>>Total cost – 783 million dollars.
>>>Construction will begin in 2016 with service expected to begin in 2019/20.

If this governmen’ts past performances, and the performance of pretty much every other recent light rail project around the planet is anything to go by, we should expect the final cost to be close to 2 billion, with a finish date sometime in the 2030’s, and only go as far as Dickson. Or am I being to optimistic?

All players, all parties, should be required to disclose their property purchase dealings anywhere within a walk of this rail corridor in the past decade. And anyone who owns such should be excluded from any light rail decision-making or dealings. Surely.

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dkNigs 8:44 pm
15 Sep 14
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Finally, lets get this happening. The town centres need solid connection like this, Canberra was designed for light rail, and this will help densification of the town centres. When do the nimbi’s think we should do this? In 10-20 years time when we already needed it and it’ll cost twice as much money? Like the NBN?

Hearing the bleating of “monorail” from the Tuggeranong faithful, but weren’t the Tuggeranong community council calling for the ACT govt to buy them the 30kmph decommissioned monorail from Sydney? It has to start somewhere, and it’ll definitely hit Gungahlin, Belconnen and Woden before Tuggeranong.

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OpenYourMind 8:44 pm
15 Sep 14
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As an ACT ratepayer, this announcement deeply concerns me. This can’t be true.

Look at the cost per ratepayer, look at the few who will benefit.

Never mind the previously repeated points about technology rendering trams obsolescent. Technology such as telecommuting…all you need is good broadband like areas such as, I don’t know, Gunghalin! Smarter, potentially electric self driving transport is on its way, techology such as capacitor based buses and trams that don’t need ugly wires are being trialled elsewhere.

Then there’s the cost blow outs.

Then there’s the liability this city faces with the asbestos debacle.

We simply won’t have any money left to heat our lake!!!

Never

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nothappyjan 8:55 pm
15 Sep 14
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What an absolutely disgusting display of contempt for the tax payers of Canberra who will be funding this white elephant, plus interest, for decades to come. It is an absolutely incredible price to pay to keep the current government in power.

$800mil in political speak is equivalent to 1.6 to 2.4 billion in real world dollars after the government and everyone involved has completely stuffed it up beyond all recognition.

Just think how many buses, free* buses even, could have been bought with that kind of money, including their union drivers. The free (already paid for) buses could even go where the majority of Canberran’s wanted them to go (not in a straight line for a few kms) and just as fast if not faster with significantly less immediate and ongoing costs, and now, not in 2020 plus. Think of how many bus lane signs and white road marking paint you could buy with that money.

This really is a disgraceful waste of our money and resources that will supposedly be paid for by selling off remaining government car parks, I didn’t know we had any left, or that they were worth billions of dollars. Guess we in the triangle won’t have to worry about paying $12 a day when the car parks are sold off for apartments, we can then just walk a few KM from the very lame tram to get to work…..

Absolutely disgusting.

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gooterz 10:03 pm
15 Sep 14
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So the cost will easily blow out to $1000 million.. (Looks bigger than a billion).

So to connect Belconnen to civic and civic to Woden and Woden to Tuggeranong we’re looking at

$4,000,000,000+

This will likely kill Canberra.

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miz 10:06 pm
15 Sep 14
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Nigs we already have ‘solid’ connections between town centres, light rail is a complete waste as it just duplicates buses at twice the price – not that it will ever be extended due to the cost, and the rest of us actually need public transport now not in 5 years time. Besides, the most patronised routes are those that Do Not involve having to connect of transfer (ie Xpresso buses that bypass town centres. The ‘trunk’ design has been a proven fail in Canberra, the only people who support it never use public transport.

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gooterz 10:06 pm
15 Sep 14
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“the sale of surface car parks”

Should scare the majority of Canberra.
How many carparks given that light rail only helps those north of civic?
Or are only those north of the lake allowed in civic?

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2604 10:18 pm
15 Sep 14
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Like any sane Canberran, I am dismayed by this decision.

The Greens deserve our contempt because this project smacks of their juvenile approach to governance. They always demand the theoretical best solution to everything, irrespective of how great the cost to the community, or how minor the benefit.

Labor deserves our contempt because, once again, they have put the interests of their union paymasters ahead of the interests of the population whose interests they are elected and paid to represent. The hideously overpaid ACTION workforce of drivers, mechanics and ancilliary staff will need to be duplicated to staff the light rail. A huge payday for the TWU, who no doubt had some say in the decision to proceed with this project.

Most of all, ACT voters deserve our contempt. No matter how fiscally irresponsible Labor is, no matter how egregious the annual increases in rates, fees and charges are, no matter how many pie-in-the-sky ideas Labor comes up with and implements (badly), ACT people keep voting for them. Honestly, Labor could run an election ticket in the ACT featuring Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin and Pol Pot and still romp it in, because most Canberrans developed an aversion to the Liberals whilst undergraduate university students and haven’t have the brains or maturity to re-examine that position since.

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Leon 11:01 pm
15 Sep 14
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Let’s hope that, before the Government builds the tramway, it:

1. allows the Canberra community to examine and debate the business case (which it plans to publish at the end of October).

2. considers the advantages of having some express services; and

3. considers whether it should (a) permanently entrench the current dangerous and disfunctional layout of Northbourne Avenue by running the tramway between the two carriageways, or (b) take the safer and more efficient option of building the rails along the western side and moving the northbound road carriageway closer to the southbound carriageway.

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