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By dusty - 23 March 2007 26

A little bit of reverse Canberra bashing in todays SMH.

Worth a quick read.

Warning: do not fall off chair!

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Pandy 8:44 pm 24 Mar 07

Bonfire dreams of long trains and tunnels.

Light rail to Gunghalin was costed at 200 million plus.

when a bus is full, you wait for another bus. No one puts ona another bus. Same with light rail. They tell you to wait for another one anyway.

You need around 6000 passengers per hour to make light rail good value for money. And you still need a bus feeder network doh!

Light rail for the Gold Coast area was estimated at $400 million. The fanactics poo pooed the figure. Now the authorities are say in wil cost $550 million.

Canberra fracks around with the bus system to save $4 million and makes a hash of it. Do you see this Government spend hundreds of millions on light rail?

what for Bonfire? From the NCA expo at Regatta Point today, the man in charge said Civic will be heavily apartmentfied and people can either walk or push a bike to work.

I-filed 3:08 pm 24 Mar 07

Hi Louise, the SMH correspondent is right, my commuter trip from the inner north to Manuka is 8-9 minutes at 7 in the morning and a maximum 15 minutes in the heaviest part of rush hour…and it’s true that no-one bothers to talk about mortgages here. But that could be partly because many of the affluent people in this city are keeping their counsel – they are allowed to continue to occupy guvvy houses – and their mortgages are on houses at the coast…

vg 8:03 pm 23 Mar 07

Indeed. I hope they keep hating Canberra

jellen 7:21 pm 23 Mar 07

Fortunately Sydney is too full of wankers to take the article seriously. Otherwise we would be in deep shit – the last thing we want is for them to move down here en masse.

vg 5:45 pm 23 Mar 07

11 min walk to work.

No problems of the ‘inner west’. Can get to a beach quicker than those in western Sydney. Can go the snow on Friday to snowboard, go home, then off to the coast on Saturday to surf. Can drive from one side of town to the other without paying any toll. Don’t feel like a sardine in the middle of town…….need I go on.

I love to visit Sydney. To live there would be hell. If I lived and worked on the north side of the harbour, maybe, but Melbourne leaves it for dead in the big city stakes, and I’m and NRL/ARU kinda guy

bonfire 4:49 pm 23 Mar 07

sure tuggeranong to civic via woden would be an excellent and sane route.

also: jerrabombera to civic via kingston(using the exisiting railway and a slight extension, electrified and converted to lightrail) and perhaps russell.

if the political will could overcome parochialism and state/federal rivalries id also suggest yass/goulburn – murrambateman – hall – belco – civic.

upgrade the rail line and have bungendore – def hq – qbn – kingston – civic lightrail.

the advantage of lightrail over bus is that when the bus is full – you need another bus and another driver. when the lightrail vehicle is full you can hook another vehicle up.

same staffing – more people shifted.

as rails are in place – developers and industry can plan and build knowing there is a way there staff can get to work, and residents can travel without driving.

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