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Light Rail – Have your say in our poll

By Canfan - 2 July 2014 60

We’ve had no end of opinion and argument over Light Rail in recent weeks/months.

To set a bit more fuel to the fire we have asked John Hargreaves and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell to step into the ring for our first RiotACT Face Off and their first topic will be ‘Light Rail for Canberra’.

Keep an eye out for the Face Off posts on Monday.

But, in the meantime – give them a heads up on your opinion by answering our poll.

Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra?

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Light Rail – Have your say in our poll
rommeldog56 12:24 am 04 Jul 14

watto23 said :

I’m in favour of a transit system that improves commuter times, but this tram doesn’t even do that, so how is it better than a bus that takes forever!

Agreed. But it does sound like the decision has already been made by the ACT Gov’t to plough ahead, regardless.

I reckon that it looks like those of us who argue anti Light Rail on a purely economic, common sense and logic basis, will have to suck it up, build a ridge and get over it ?

Not that I think any bridge will be built for the toy train set to be extended to cross the Lake mind you…….

Voting this Govt out at the next election – if that happens – will be too late anyway. Contracts will be signed by 2016 apparently.

Diggety 11:43 pm 03 Jul 14

A ~$750,000,000 project is worth a scientific poll.

watto23 9:41 pm 03 Jul 14

I’m in favour of a transit system that improves commuter times, but this tram doesn’t even do that, so how is it better than a bus that takes forever!

miz 6:43 pm 03 Jul 14

It’s not very ‘green’ to buy an expensive new thing when you could ‘up cycle’ what you’ve got. We already have perfectly good buses, and loads more people would benefit with better bus coverage. I sometimes wonder at how dumb people are. Think of the huge manufacturing footprint of those carriages and tracks.

bikhet 12:18 pm 03 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

El_Mariachi said :

davo101 said :

patrick_keogh said :

Survey design is not simple is it?

Perhaps that’s why I said “not yet” as in we don’t need it now but, hey, in 2031 it may be a completely different story. I’m guessing “no” means, well, never.

That’s an interesting point that you raise, because needing it in 2031 realistically means rolling it out now.

Well, if the same tree-huggers that delayed the GDE get organised again it will be 2031 before the tracks are laid.

Nah, they’re all in favour of the tram given how sustainable (sorry, I’ve forgotten the other buzzwords) in will be. And it’s in someone else’s backyard anyway.

dungfungus 11:01 am 03 Jul 14

El_Mariachi said :

davo101 said :

patrick_keogh said :

Survey design is not simple is it?

Perhaps that’s why I said “not yet” as in we don’t need it now but, hey, in 2031 it may be a completely different story. I’m guessing “no” means, well, never.

That’s an interesting point that you raise, because needing it in 2031 realistically means rolling it out now.

Well, if the same tree-huggers that delayed the GDE get organised again it will be 2031 before the tracks are laid.

El_Mariachi 10:35 am 03 Jul 14

davo101 said :

patrick_keogh said :

Survey design is not simple is it?

Perhaps that’s why I said “not yet” as in we don’t need it now but, hey, in 2031 it may be a completely different story. I’m guessing “no” means, well, never.

That’s an interesting point that you raise, because needing it in 2031 realistically means rolling it out now.

davo101 10:14 am 03 Jul 14

davo101 said :

“I thought about it”

“I haven’t thought about it”

D’oh.

davo101 10:12 am 03 Jul 14

patrick_keogh said :

Yes, but what about those who think “Not yet but we’ll need it in 2016” ? That is equivalent to “Yes”. Somewhere between 2016 and 2999 it switches to being an equivalent for “Yes” to an equivalent for “No”.

Yeah..I was having all those thoughts and more while I was typing my reply. In a similar way “undecided” includes “I thought about it” and “the two are so close together I can’t split them”. As you said survey design is hard (especially with one question).

patrick_keogh 8:13 am 03 Jul 14

davo101 said :

patrick_keogh said :

Hmmm… We don’t have light rail right now, so depending on your bias you can interpret “Not Right Now” as either yes or no.

Survey design is not simple is it?

Perhaps that’s why I said “not yet” as in we don’t need it now but, hey, in 2031 it may be a completely different story. I’m guessing “no” means, well, never.

Yes, but what about those who think “Not yet but we’ll need it in 2016” ? That is equivalent to “Yes”. Somewhere between 2016 and 2999 it switches to being an equivalent for “Yes” to an equivalent for “No”.

wildturkeycanoe 9:11 pm 02 Jul 14

What happens if the “On the Fence” party holds balance of power?

davo101 5:38 pm 02 Jul 14

patrick_keogh said :

Hmmm… We don’t have light rail right now, so depending on your bias you can interpret “Not Right Now” as either yes or no.

Survey design is not simple is it?

Perhaps that’s why I said “not yet” as in we don’t need it now but, hey, in 2031 it may be a completely different story. I’m guessing “no” means, well, never.

patrick_keogh 4:47 pm 02 Jul 14

Hmmm… We don’t have light rail right now, so depending on your bias you can interpret “Not Right Now” as either yes or no.

Survey design is not simple is it?

Canfan 1:53 pm 02 Jul 14

Fair point Davo – we’ve added it in.

davo101 1:43 pm 02 Jul 14

Hmm, where is the “not yet” option?

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