Hey cheap light rail?

Solidarity 23 March 2012 29

Ok so I don’t agree with that whole light rail idea, I think it’d be a waste of money but….

They’re talking of pulling down the Sydney monorail because they want to refirbish some building or something, would taking the Sydney monorail and moving it to Canberra be a way to save money on building this light rail utopia y’all keep talking about?

As long as there is no chance that the track could bend.


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Bramina Bramina 6:50 pm 28 Mar 12

WhiteRabbit said :

maybe the greens could run with it as a renweable transport option with battery chickens.. kill two birds..

Talking about killing two birds with one stone, the government could install it as a piece of public art.

damien haas said :

The sydney monorail is being torn down so it can be replaced with light rail.

The Sydney monorail is not in any way viable as a mass transit technology for Canberra.

This is the ACT Light Rail view on the issue: http://www.actlightrail.info/2012/03/monorail-not-suited-for-canberra.html

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

There is one sentence from your article that sums it all up really: “[Light rail] cannot be at the scale of a small tourist novelty.”

Rollersk8r said :

Light rail will never work here

I’d be interested to hear why you think that light rail will never work here.

dungfungus dungfungus 6:34 pm 28 Mar 12

p1 said :

dungfungus said :

Stanhope and fellow aborists could have it installed at the tree theme park. It could be on the boundary a la Disneyland. Friends of the aboretum could take turns to drive it with their Mickey Mouse ears affixed.

Actually, that is the sort of place it would be good. You know, assuming that people were going to the arboretum.

I was serious.

nobody nobody 6:09 pm 28 Mar 12
bloke bloke 6:05 pm 28 Mar 12

WhiteRabbit said :

maybe the greens could run with it as a renweable transport option with battery chickens.. kill two birds..

“kills two birds” – earlier in their hormonally shortened life ?

mono-wails drop grease (its a machine)

light rail involves (prohibitively) high start up costs and probably won’t go where I want to go. Nice toy for Utopia or high density cities

damien haas damien haas 5:14 pm 28 Mar 12

The sydney monorail is being torn down so it can be replaced with light rail.

The Sydney monorail is not in any way viable as a mass transit technology for Canberra.

This is the ACT Light Rail view on the issue: http://www.actlightrail.info/2012/03/monorail-not-suited-for-canberra.html

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

Ian Ian 4:43 pm 28 Mar 12

Rollersk8r said :

Of course, of course – now it’s on record that Canberra wants it.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/monovision-for-tuggeranong-20120328-1vy42.html?rand=1223117

Light rail will never work here – and that applies tenfold for something that was never intended to be a public transport system.

I knew there’d be some idiot in Canberra that would think a used monorail is a good idea. Once again confirming the stereotype of Canberra being full of wankers living in some sort of fairyland somewhat distant from the real world.

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 3:58 pm 28 Mar 12

Of course, of course – now it’s on record that Canberra wants it.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/monovision-for-tuggeranong-20120328-1vy42.html?rand=1223117

Light rail will never work here – and that applies tenfold for something that was never intended to be a public transport system.

Sandman Sandman 3:38 pm 28 Mar 12

AAMC said :

You know I was sitting in traffic on Northbourne, only yesterday, thinking that an elevated rail system running right down the middle would be a good idea and wouldn’t even affect traffic.

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Not only that but it would make the perfect spot for a 2 lane COVERED cycle path underneath it. Wins in every direction.

WhiteRabbit WhiteRabbit 3:27 pm 28 Mar 12

maybe the greens could run with it as a renweable transport option with battery chickens.. kill two birds..

c_c c_c 3:17 pm 28 Mar 12

devils_advocate said :

johnboy said :

More of a hobart idea…

Now hold on a minute, we’re twice as smart as the people of Hobart.

Yeah but we don’t have as many fingers.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 3:13 pm 28 Mar 12

johnboy said :

More of a hobart idea…

Now hold on a minute, we’re twice as smart as the people of Hobart. Just tell us your idea and we’ll vote for it.

p1 p1 3:07 pm 28 Mar 12

dungfungus said :

Stanhope and fellow aborists could have it installed at the tree theme park. It could be on the boundary a la Disneyland. Friends of the aboretum could take turns to drive it with their Mickey Mouse ears affixed.

Actually, that is the sort of place it would be good. You know, assuming that people were going to the arboretum.

Thumper Thumper 2:08 pm 28 Mar 12

Awesome.

let’s have it buzzing through civic, over Commonwealth Avenue bridge, head easterly across whatever the road is, hang a left back over Kings Avenue and back into civic.

You know it makes sense.

dungfungus dungfungus 2:03 pm 28 Mar 12

Stanhope and fellow aborists could have it installed at the tree theme park. It could be on the boundary a la Disneyland. Friends of the aboretum could take turns to drive it with their Mickey Mouse ears affixed.

HenryBG HenryBG 1:54 pm 28 Mar 12

Chop71 said :

Hobart wants it

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/give-it-to-us-hobart-wants-sydneys-monorail-for-free-20120328-1vxi3.html

Good. Let’s sell them a bridge, while they’ve got their cheque-book open.

AAMC AAMC 4:01 pm 23 Mar 12

You know I was sitting in traffic on Northbourne, only yesterday, thinking that an elevated rail system running right down the middle would be a good idea and wouldn’t even affect traffic.

But I would suggest we try to avoid getting Mono from Sydney.

bd84 bd84 3:36 pm 23 Mar 12

Cheap? No way that idea would be cheap. It’s over 20 years old and would need significant repairs and maintenance or upgrading to be being close to useful. It would be cheaper to build a new one from scratch.

HenryBG HenryBG 3:33 pm 23 Mar 12

Get real – that monorail is useless. It’s slow and its capacity is minuscule. (It fits about a dozen people per carriage, from memory)
It couldn’t possibly be a component of any kind of useful mass-transit system.

buzz819 buzz819 2:49 pm 23 Mar 12

johnboy said :

Au Contraire!

http://the-riotact.com/keizo-ushios-cookie-cutter-fired-up-on-northbourne-new-public-art/66492

Well it’s sorted, this city has been gearing up to get a mono-rail for at least 6 months now.

We are all systems go for mono-rail.

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