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Light Rail too expensive?

By areaman 24 May 2007 28

The ABC has an article stating that John Hargreaves thinks a light rail system linking all the town centres would cost almost a billion dollars, going on to say that is bigger than the entire health budget.

While I’m yet to be convinced of the affordability of light rail either does he really think we’re that stupid? I don’t think anyone’s claiming an entire network should be built in a single year. By his pricings if was built over say a 10 year period it’d cost 90 million a year less what you’d saving on not having to replace old buses and, you’d hope, higher patronage.

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Pandy 1:06 am 26 May 07


Deano 9:21 pm 25 May 07

And think of all of that prime real estate, currently being used as carparks, that would be freed up by a decent public transport system. Surely that would cover most of the cost for a light rail system.

Al 2:36 pm 25 May 07

When talking about costs, and the alternative – more bloody expensive roads, let’s not forget the costs of carparking. Because as Gungahlinite says, for 6 hours in the middle of every day, there aren’t so many cars on the road – they’re all parked in Civic. And if the government actually repsonds to Catherine Carter’s every more shrill cries about the car parking “crisis” that we apparently have (those of us who refuse to walk more than 100 m anyway), that is goping to cost a motza too. So cars don’t have to be actually moving to cost us money.

Gungahlinite 2:28 pm 25 May 07

Whatever the cost it will still too much for a system that will only be used for 90 minutes in the morning and 90 minutes in the afternoon monday to friday.The rest of the time Canberra’s traffic is fine.

areaman 1:38 pm 25 May 07

Yeah, except like i said not directly and not in the ratio it was earned, so it doesn’t matter how much we generate we’ll still get basically the same amount (sure the whole pot would shrink, but a tiny amount).

Joker 1:34 pm 25 May 07

GST goes back to the States.

Pandy 1:23 pm 25 May 07

So Al, paint one of the lanes on Nth Bourne green (as they do in the Sydney CBD) and make it bus only with que jumping lights at every intersection.

areaman 1:01 pm 25 May 07

Um, the ACT government doesn’t collect the GST, the Feds do, and the amout of federal funds that they do get isn’t based on how much GST we pay.

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