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Liberals ask where the light rail beef is?

By johnboy - 24 June 2013 20

Alistair Coe is asking pointed questions of just where Simon Corbell’s grand light rail visions are coming to and from:

After questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, Simon Corbell has again refused to provide documents relating to the massive light rail project.

“Today in Estimates, Simon Corbell refused to release documents he claims to have about light rail, even though he uses the documents to justify the project,” Mr Coe said today.

“To date, we have seen not one engineers’ report, not one business study, not one cost benefit analysis. However, on Friday last week, Simon Corbell claimed that such documents do exist but they have not been released to the public.”

“Treasurer Andrew Barr has already admitted ACT Labor will proceed with light rail ‘at any cost.’ Meanwhile, the Canberra Liberals have been calling for proper studies to be conducted and released.

“It is simply unacceptable that Simon Corbell and ACT Labor are rushing into a project that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars in upfront costs and unknown millions in on-going costs without revealing these studies to the public,” Mr Coe concluded.

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Liberals ask where the light rail beef is?
Felix the Cat 10:08 am 25 Jun 13

Article on ABC website suggests it will cost around $200M just to move utilities along the route and it will cost around $7M per year to run. There are a few other interesting cost figures there too.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-25/canberra-light-rail-costs-mapped-out/4777632

beardedclam 9:57 am 25 Jun 13

farout said :

2604 said :

We could add more buses for about 100th of the cost.

More buses during peak hour and smaller mini-buses or vans during off-peak, is what I say.
In the afternoons or late evenings, the buses running past my house are almost empty. Surely with all the data Action is gathering from its MyWay system, it can work out which routes / times only need a mini-bus or van, and which peak hour services need more buses thrown on.

yeah thats just what we need. More buses on the road in peak hour. Think bigger people, environment, well being, I am sure a vehicle set on a fixed track would be safer than having people in control of free moving buses on the road.

Thumper 9:54 am 25 Jun 13

johnboy said :

It’s our whale in their sky

Is it our whale?

I was under the impression that the artist retained the ownership rights to it?

Thumper 9:53 am 25 Jun 13

Underground. Let’s start digging….

We can have the Northbourne Line, the Triangle Line, Memorial Line (Past the AWM), etc….

bundah 9:28 am 25 Jun 13

Has no one considered running a skywhale shuttle down Northbourne?

johnboy 9:23 am 25 Jun 13

It’s our whale in their sky

Thumper 9:19 am 25 Jun 13

johnboy said :

And yet we HAVE a whale in the sky!

Hobart has a whale in the sky 🙂

johnboy 8:57 am 25 Jun 13

And yet we HAVE a whale in the sky!

Thumper 8:36 am 25 Jun 13

People do realise that light rail is simply not going to happen?

Yes, all the right noises will be made, but really, it’s a whale in the sky.

farout 8:15 am 25 Jun 13

2604 said :

We could add more buses for about 100th of the cost.

More buses during peak hour and smaller mini-buses or vans during off-peak, is what I say.
In the afternoons or late evenings, the buses running past my house are almost empty. Surely with all the data Action is gathering from its MyWay system, it can work out which routes / times only need a mini-bus or van, and which peak hour services need more buses thrown on.

wildturkeycanoe 5:51 am 25 Jun 13

2604 said :

Bugle said :

I wish we had light rail. I catch the red rapid busses to work and they are often packed full. It can reach the point where it takes five minutes at some stops for people to get off and on. I can see why people drive. Light rail would pretty much end that.

We could add more buses for about 100th of the cost.

If there was another bus right behind the one taking 5 minutes to load, unless you are one of the lucky ones getting on the first bus, you still have to wait for the second or third bus, so it wouldn’t be a great deal quicker. Then when you get to the end stop, the first bus is holding up the ones behind, unless the platforms are made longer.
No light rail, how about a subway, or skytrain to match the skywhale’s “out there” philosophy?

2604 10:17 pm 24 Jun 13

Sorry, should have typed “1/100th”.

2604 10:10 pm 24 Jun 13

Bugle said :

I wish we had light rail. I catch the red rapid busses to work and they are often packed full. It can reach the point where it takes five minutes at some stops for people to get off and on. I can see why people drive. Light rail would pretty much end that.

We could add more buses for about 100th of the cost.

gooterz 9:13 pm 24 Jun 13

As soon as you mention light you lose half the audience.
How many people drink lite beer?
No light rail I want full cream rail.

There are 2 answers to what is happening with light rail:

1. Nothing is happening and everyone is stalling.
2. Things are happening but its awesomely slow and awesomely more expensive and giving out any information will mean that its a deadline they have to stick to and no doubt they’re planning to fall behind.

It’d be cost effective to outsource the toot toot now.

Bugle 6:19 pm 24 Jun 13

I wish we had light rail. I catch the red rapid busses to work and they are often packed full. It can reach the point where it takes five minutes at some stops for people to get off and on. I can see why people drive. Light rail would pretty much end that.

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