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Light rail to arrive sooner, cost less and bring more trees to Northbourne

By Charlotte Harper 1 February 2016 271

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The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.

There will, in fact, be more trees on Northbourne after the light rail is built than there are now, according to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

The Government anticipates signing contracts with the Canberra Metro consortium by the end of June, with construction to commence the following month.

The successful consortium consists of Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, Deutsche Bahn International and CAF, and won out over the second shortlisted consortium, ACTivate, consisting of Keolis Downer, Keolis SA, Downer EDI Works, Bombardier Transportation, Plenary Origination, Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia, Aurecon Australasia, Cox Architecture, Itochu Australia and Partners Group AG.

The RiotACT understands that the consortia each spent some tens of millions of dollars on their bids after being shortlisted in March last year, committing large teams of dozens of staff to the project. Four consortia originally submitted expressions of interest in building and operating the light rail network in late 2014.

The bid from Canberra Metro (not to be confused with Capital Metro, the government’s name for the project which pre-dates the consortium’s) included a capital cost of $698 million, with a 5 per cent variance depending on negotiations and changes in market conditions between now and contract closure.

The Government updated 2012 estimates of a capital cost of $610 million to $783,000 in September 2014, with the latter figure consisting of $610 million plus a contingency of $173 million.

Canberra Metro intends to complete construction in late 2018 and begin operations in early 2019, around a year earlier than previous estimates.

Corbell, Barr, Lynch

Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the earlier delivery would mean less disruption for Canberrans.

“Critics of light rail have said that we wouldn’t be able to deliver this project for less than a billion dollars but by selecting a bid that will deliver the project under our projected budget and ahead of our projected timeframes we have proven that our business case was conservative in its estimates,” Mr Corbell said.

He said that Canberra Metro’s strategy for a staged removal and replacement of trees would minimize the visual impact along the important entry corridor to the capital.

“The staged approach will mean that as sections of trees are removed, and replaced with 4m-tall plantings, there will only be periods 3-4 months where each section will be without trees.”

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said a decision on stage two of the light rail project, a possible extension to Russell, would be made this year after further discussions with the Federal Government.

“I met with the Prime Minister late last year and following the meeting he has invited the ACT Government to seek federal funding for the Russell extension,” Mr Barr said.

Stage one will consist of 12km of light rail track, 13 stops, 14 light rail vehicles, a depot and 20 years of operation and maintenance. It will operate from as early as 6am and up to 1am with services every six minutes during peak times.

Opposition transport spokesman Alistair Coe said this afternoon that the Government was committing to a light rail tenderer without a mandate.

“I again call on the Barr government to do the right thing and delay the light project until after the 2016 Election so Canberrans can decide how their money is spent,” he said.

However, the then Labor Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced in September 2012, the month before the last ACT election, that if re-elected, her Government would develop light rail between Gungahlin and Civic. The policy document included this line: “Capital Metro Stage 1 is anticipated to be completed by 2018, with construction estimated to commence in 2016.”

Read Ms Gallagher’s full policy statement on the matter, as published on September 21, 2012, here: www.actlabor.org.au/2012_election_light_rail_policy

The ACT Greens announced their own commitment to light rail in August 2012. See their full policy document here: act.greens.org.au/sites/greens.org.au/files/Light%20Rail.pdf

Immediately after the October 2012 ACT election, then Liberal leader Zed Seselja said his party had “never ruled out light rail”, and that he was “very happy for the work to be done to figure out whether it can work and is achievable”.


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OpenYourMind 10:13 pm 03 Mar 16

rubaiyat said :

Masquara said :

Something that hasn’t occurred to Labor but is occurring to more and more voters is that, of course, people who want light rail AND are sick of Labor’s grand entitlement syndrome and would like a change of government, can safely vote a fiscal responsible Liberal government in to get that change of government, while still securing the tram thanks to Labor’s watertight legacy plans … win win!

The same “fiscally responsible” Liberals that threaten to renege on the contract at any cost and were told to pull their heads in by Tony Abbott?

The fiscal irresponsibility will be if Labor/Greens lock us into expensive contracts for this white elephant so close to an election they know may reverse those contracts. As for Abbott, I think it would feel a little worse being swished by a wet hanky than being told off by that miserable forgotten poor excuse for an ex Prime Minister.

rubaiyat 10:38 am 03 Mar 16

Masquara said :

Something that hasn’t occurred to Labor but is occurring to more and more voters is that, of course, people who want light rail AND are sick of Labor’s grand entitlement syndrome and would like a change of government, can safely vote a fiscal responsible Liberal government in to get that change of government, while still securing the tram thanks to Labor’s watertight legacy plans … win win!

The same “fiscally responsible” Liberals that threaten to renege on the contract at any cost and were told to pull their heads in by Tony Abbott?

rubaiyat 10:36 am 03 Mar 16

justin heywood said :

JC said :

Re light rail costs, impossible to compare on a per km basis. Both Sydney and the Gold Coast for example have lengths of running on existing roads, Canberra does not. So massive cost difference there. For starters.

Of course Gold Coast and Sydney are not direct comparisons to Canberra.
But Capital Metro’s ‘Business Case’ makes the comparison, and claims (erroneously) that Gold Coast’s cost were $949 million. They then float a few vague ideas on why they are going to be cheaper in Canberra. You should have a look at it, none of it is very convincing. (They quote figures from The Daily Telegraph FFS).
To claim that costs won’t blow out flies in the face of evidence and history.

The submitted bid by the corporation that has to build and run the Light Rail is quite compelling and there is ample contingency in the contract.

I am amazed at the constant refrain that only Light Rail should not be built because of the constant lie that it will cost a billion plus. No basis in fact anywhere.

If your contention is that ALL government contracts exceed estimates, that is in the face of all those that don’t and is ridiculous because you are really saying no major projects should go ahead, full stop…

…but mysteriously do not go apoplectic at the thought of all major road projects.

dungfungus 10:27 am 03 Mar 16

rubaiyat said :

Let’s return to that natural source of levity and buffoonery, the “Forever” Deluge of Conservative Hypocrisy (DCH).

Just passed that bastion of “Fiscal Responsibility”, the Department of Finance, witnessing the eternal renovations being done to their Evil Genius Lair at enormous taxpayers’ expense and which never seeming to be completed.

Let’s see Parliamentary Triangle = Federal Liberal Party government.

Where are the cries of Incompetence, Grand Theft Taxman, Waste, and Imminent Bankruptcy, all at the hands of the fiscally incoherent self indulgent conservatives?

“The intelligentsia keeps gibbering in the parliament, but we, the proletariat are acting” (Lenin)

dungfungus 10:25 am 03 Mar 16

Masquara said :

Something that hasn’t occurred to Labor but is occurring to more and more voters is that, of course, people who want light rail AND are sick of Labor’s grand entitlement syndrome and would like a change of government, can safely vote a fiscal responsible Liberal government in to get that change of government, while still securing the tram thanks to Labor’s watertight legacy plans … win win!

After the Gallagher/Barr minority Labor government is consigned to the dustbin of ACT political history, the light rail will grind to a halt and rust.
This must not be allowed to happen! The light rail must be preserved as a reminder to the achievement/failure of the government of the people that made it happen.
It can become our own Trabant 601, just like the one remembered in Budapest. http://www.mementopark.hu/

Masquara 8:28 pm 02 Mar 16

Something that hasn’t occurred to Labor but is occurring to more and more voters is that, of course, people who want light rail AND are sick of Labor’s grand entitlement syndrome and would like a change of government, can safely vote a fiscal responsible Liberal government in to get that change of government, while still securing the tram thanks to Labor’s watertight legacy plans … win win!

OpenYourMind 7:15 pm 02 Mar 16

And Rubaiyat, you must hate systems like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ujd4wutddE

Sure it’s not scaled up, but it makes a tram look delightfully old hat.

OpenYourMind 6:07 pm 02 Mar 16

rubaiyat said :

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Here are details of another light rail project being considered in Michigan USA:
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/public_will_help_shape_vision.html
In many ways it is similar to Canberra’s Capital metro Agency’s dream and they even have the local university as leading cheerleaders.
The pricing is similar but the anticipated daily use by 30,000 + passengers is where Canberra’s proposal gets left alone like the proverbial shag on a rock.
Why doesn’t Barr and Corbell bite the bullet and can the tram before they bankrupt the Territory?

Because the point of the tram is to build high density along the route, providing a place for people to live and not need to own a car. You will never ever understand this because you are stuck in your views and opinions. You would be the first to complain if something of moderate density got built somewhere near where you live.

I agree its expensive. I also think there is no way all of Canberra will ever get light rail. It will take 10-20 years to build up along the route. But it gives people options of where to live and the type of living they wish to do.

I’m just sick of whingers who can’t offer any positive contributions and are happy to believe all sorts of non factual rubbish from right wing media sources, turn once off events into large scale dramas and then somehow convert it to an undisputable fact.

Worse still, if the liberals were not emulating Abbotts Dr No persona and supported light rail, you instantly find a larger portion of Canberra change their minds, all because of politics rather than facts. Instead the liberals have Tuggeranong residents fooled into thinking they are going to build them infrastructure galore. I’m 99% sure we’ll get either a Labor government or another one term liberal government. I’ve voted liberals many times in the past, but this negativity and divisiveness that has crept into Australian politics is ridiculous. Then all the sheep do their bidding in forums!

It is not all Liberals, just the dinosaur wannabe Tea Party Liberals.

The NSW Liberals are full bore on Light Rail. Rather than argue about Light Rail as such the argument should have always been about good transport planning, which is what we are (still) missing.

Fantasies of returning to endless polluting and mythically uncongested freeways and unlimited free/cheap parking are just that, fantasies mostly by older men who associate cars with their first happy sexual experience, in the company of someone else. The association has stuck.

Riiiighht. You do realise that Canberra is seeing a year on year decrease in use of public transport (1996 it was 11.4% and by 2006 7.9% ABS). Even in the ‘tram city’ of Melbourne, trams represent a small percentage of travel and most travel is by private motor vehicle. Why on Earth would the average gunghinite travel (probably by car) to tram station, catch a tram all squished up standing with everyone coughing and sneezing around them, then potentially catch more transport from the city? Just as in other cities, the tram will represent a very small percentage of transport at a disproportionate cost.

The next local election is so close now. It would be unforgivable of our current local government to sign us up to anything. There is very clearly STRONG opposition to the tram in Canberra. Most letters to the Canberra Times are anti tram, most of this post is anti tram (except Rubaiyat, who by his own admission says the tram route is a poor choice, who owns(ed) a ski chalet and has children at Canberra Grammar) never mind CanTheTram and its very strong and reasoned voice opposing the Tram.

Never mind that despite what Rubaiyat may say, autonomous cars are a very likely reality. Most major car companies are investing, tech companies are investing and cities the world over are beginning to plan and embrace trials – the race is on. While we have simulations of the huge benefits autonomous may offer, the paradigm shift of autonomous is simply not fully understood yet. This would make a long term investment in trams a dreadful proposition. This is doubly so for Canberra where our declining public transport use, loss making bus system and car oriented design all mean the tram would white elephant even without autonomous.

justin heywood 5:30 pm 02 Mar 16

JC said :

Re light rail costs, impossible to compare on a per km basis. Both Sydney and the Gold Coast for example have lengths of running on existing roads, Canberra does not. So massive cost difference there. For starters.

Of course Gold Coast and Sydney are not direct comparisons to Canberra.
But Capital Metro’s ‘Business Case’ makes the comparison, and claims (erroneously) that Gold Coast’s cost were $949 million. They then float a few vague ideas on why they are going to be cheaper in Canberra. You should have a look at it, none of it is very convincing. (They quote figures from The Daily Telegraph FFS).
To claim that costs won’t blow out flies in the face of evidence and history.

rubaiyat 5:23 pm 02 Mar 16

Let’s return to that natural source of levity and buffoonery, the “Forever” Deluge of Conservative Hypocrisy (DCH).

Just passed that bastion of “Fiscal Responsibility”, the Department of Finance, witnessing the eternal renovations being done to their Evil Genius Lair at enormous taxpayers’ expense and which never seeming to be completed.

Let’s see Parliamentary Triangle = Federal Liberal Party government.

Where are the cries of Incompetence, Grand Theft Taxman, Waste, and Imminent Bankruptcy, all at the hands of the fiscally incoherent self indulgent conservatives?

watto23 3:19 pm 02 Mar 16

dungfungus said :

It’s like that other fantasy where “the science is settled”.
With light rail it’s “the seance is settled”.

See you lose credibility there. The science is pretty damn clear. You refuse to acknowledge it.

Light rail I can accept people have differing views and opinions. Its not a clear cut project with regards to its actual benefits. I can accept its expensive and people feel there are better uses for the money. we can argue on that point as both sides have facts to support them.

But climate science is far less disputable and those that do, raise alarm bells with me as someone who will believe something only if its what they want to believe rather than what the actual facts say and not the made up facts that you seem to find with a bit of confirmation bias. If I wanted to argue the way you argue about climate science I could easily draw a line and say climate change deniers are terrorism supporters because they don’t care about fossil fuels, most of which we buy from the middle east to fuel our cars with. Saudis love funding terrorism yet are a US ally. Now if that sounds ridiculous to you, that is how climate denial theories sound to me or anyone else who is capable of rational, logical and scientific thought.

dungfungus 2:01 pm 02 Mar 16

tuco said :

rubaiyat said :

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Fantasies of returning to endless polluting and mythically uncongested freeways and unlimited free/cheap parking are just that, fantasies mostly by older men who associate cars with their first happy sexual experience, in the company of someone else. The association has stuck.

Hmm. Now those old movies with shots of trains going into tunnels make sense. Thanks Doc!

There is nothing here that I have said so please alter your post accordingly.

dungfungus 1:37 pm 02 Mar 16

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Here are details of another light rail project being considered in Michigan USA:
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/public_will_help_shape_vision.html
In many ways it is similar to Canberra’s Capital metro Agency’s dream and they even have the local university as leading cheerleaders.
The pricing is similar but the anticipated daily use by 30,000 + passengers is where Canberra’s proposal gets left alone like the proverbial shag on a rock.
Why doesn’t Barr and Corbell bite the bullet and can the tram before they bankrupt the Territory?

Because the point of the tram is to build high density along the route, providing a place for people to live and not need to own a car. You will never ever understand this because you are stuck in your views and opinions. You would be the first to complain if something of moderate density got built somewhere near where you live.

I agree its expensive. I also think there is no way all of Canberra will ever get light rail. It will take 10-20 years to build up along the route. But it gives people options of where to live and the type of living they wish to do.

I’m just sick of whingers who can’t offer any positive contributions and are happy to believe all sorts of non factual rubbish from right wing media sources, turn once off events into large scale dramas and then somehow convert it to an undisputable fact.

Worse still, if the liberals were not emulating Abbotts Dr No persona and supported light rail, you instantly find a larger portion of Canberra change their minds, all because of politics rather than facts. Instead the liberals have Tuggeranong residents fooled into thinking they are going to build them infrastructure galore. I’m 99% sure we’ll get either a Labor government or another one term liberal government. I’ve voted liberals many times in the past, but this negativity and divisiveness that has crept into Australian politics is ridiculous. Then all the sheep do their bidding in forums!

If you read the other most recent posts I have made about light rail you will realize that I am not against it altogether so to call me a right wing whinger gives you no credibility to make any comments about the subject matter at all.
There is absolutely nothing positive for the betterment of Canberra in the plan to introduce light rail no matter what spin you or any of your apologist mates put on it. If there was, I would be out there campaigning for it too.
It’s interesting to note that some of the high profile supporters of light rail have gone very quiet recently.

No, just bored with having to repeat the bleeding obvious, when it’s in progress anyway.

The next point of discussion will be when we have the full details of the winning consortium’s submission.

It’s like that other fantasy where “the science is settled”.
With light rail it’s “the seance is settled”.

tuco 12:10 pm 02 Mar 16

rubaiyat said :

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Fantasies of returning to endless polluting and mythically uncongested freeways and unlimited free/cheap parking are just that, fantasies mostly by older men who associate cars with their first happy sexual experience, in the company of someone else. The association has stuck.

Hmm. Now those old movies with shots of trains going into tunnels make sense. Thanks Doc!

rubaiyat 10:23 am 02 Mar 16

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Here are details of another light rail project being considered in Michigan USA:
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/public_will_help_shape_vision.html
In many ways it is similar to Canberra’s Capital metro Agency’s dream and they even have the local university as leading cheerleaders.
The pricing is similar but the anticipated daily use by 30,000 + passengers is where Canberra’s proposal gets left alone like the proverbial shag on a rock.
Why doesn’t Barr and Corbell bite the bullet and can the tram before they bankrupt the Territory?

Because the point of the tram is to build high density along the route, providing a place for people to live and not need to own a car. You will never ever understand this because you are stuck in your views and opinions. You would be the first to complain if something of moderate density got built somewhere near where you live.

I agree its expensive. I also think there is no way all of Canberra will ever get light rail. It will take 10-20 years to build up along the route. But it gives people options of where to live and the type of living they wish to do.

I’m just sick of whingers who can’t offer any positive contributions and are happy to believe all sorts of non factual rubbish from right wing media sources, turn once off events into large scale dramas and then somehow convert it to an undisputable fact.

Worse still, if the liberals were not emulating Abbotts Dr No persona and supported light rail, you instantly find a larger portion of Canberra change their minds, all because of politics rather than facts. Instead the liberals have Tuggeranong residents fooled into thinking they are going to build them infrastructure galore. I’m 99% sure we’ll get either a Labor government or another one term liberal government. I’ve voted liberals many times in the past, but this negativity and divisiveness that has crept into Australian politics is ridiculous. Then all the sheep do their bidding in forums!

It is not all Liberals, just the dinosaur wannabe Tea Party Liberals.

The NSW Liberals are full bore on Light Rail. Rather than argue about Light Rail as such the argument should have always been about good transport planning, which is what we are (still) missing.

Fantasies of returning to endless polluting and mythically uncongested freeways and unlimited free/cheap parking are just that, fantasies mostly by older men who associate cars with their first happy sexual experience, in the company of someone else. The association has stuck.

rubaiyat 10:13 am 02 Mar 16

Masquara said :

dungfungus said :

There are places that light rail can work but Canberra is not one of them and it will never be.

It does beg the question: with Gungahlinites having a history of being hardcore drivers, to the extent that traffic plans that previously expected them to embrace public transport were a complete failure, will they hop on the train rather than take the SUV to wherever they want to go? You’d wonder. This project should have commenced (if at all) with light rail from the airport with a loop around the Parliamentary Triangle and then to Defence and to the city. Paid for largely by the Snows, thanks!

The Airport is a furphy.

Airport usage is falling, the existing shuttle bus gets little usage (not that you’d know it existed) and there is little development or possible development along the only two difficult 7.5km routes into the City, and no further possibilities beyond the Airport to provide passengers.

rubaiyat 10:09 am 02 Mar 16

dungfungus said :

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Here are details of another light rail project being considered in Michigan USA:
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/public_will_help_shape_vision.html
In many ways it is similar to Canberra’s Capital metro Agency’s dream and they even have the local university as leading cheerleaders.
The pricing is similar but the anticipated daily use by 30,000 + passengers is where Canberra’s proposal gets left alone like the proverbial shag on a rock.
Why doesn’t Barr and Corbell bite the bullet and can the tram before they bankrupt the Territory?

Because the point of the tram is to build high density along the route, providing a place for people to live and not need to own a car. You will never ever understand this because you are stuck in your views and opinions. You would be the first to complain if something of moderate density got built somewhere near where you live.

I agree its expensive. I also think there is no way all of Canberra will ever get light rail. It will take 10-20 years to build up along the route. But it gives people options of where to live and the type of living they wish to do.

I’m just sick of whingers who can’t offer any positive contributions and are happy to believe all sorts of non factual rubbish from right wing media sources, turn once off events into large scale dramas and then somehow convert it to an undisputable fact.

Worse still, if the liberals were not emulating Abbotts Dr No persona and supported light rail, you instantly find a larger portion of Canberra change their minds, all because of politics rather than facts. Instead the liberals have Tuggeranong residents fooled into thinking they are going to build them infrastructure galore. I’m 99% sure we’ll get either a Labor government or another one term liberal government. I’ve voted liberals many times in the past, but this negativity and divisiveness that has crept into Australian politics is ridiculous. Then all the sheep do their bidding in forums!

If you read the other most recent posts I have made about light rail you will realize that I am not against it altogether so to call me a right wing whinger gives you no credibility to make any comments about the subject matter at all.
There is absolutely nothing positive for the betterment of Canberra in the plan to introduce light rail no matter what spin you or any of your apologist mates put on it. If there was, I would be out there campaigning for it too.
It’s interesting to note that some of the high profile supporters of light rail have gone very quiet recently.

No, just bored with having to repeat the bleeding obvious, when it’s in progress anyway.

The next point of discussion will be when we have the full details of the winning consortium’s submission.

dungfungus 8:05 am 02 Mar 16

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

Here are details of another light rail project being considered in Michigan USA:
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/public_will_help_shape_vision.html
In many ways it is similar to Canberra’s Capital metro Agency’s dream and they even have the local university as leading cheerleaders.
The pricing is similar but the anticipated daily use by 30,000 + passengers is where Canberra’s proposal gets left alone like the proverbial shag on a rock.
Why doesn’t Barr and Corbell bite the bullet and can the tram before they bankrupt the Territory?

Because the point of the tram is to build high density along the route, providing a place for people to live and not need to own a car. You will never ever understand this because you are stuck in your views and opinions. You would be the first to complain if something of moderate density got built somewhere near where you live.

I agree its expensive. I also think there is no way all of Canberra will ever get light rail. It will take 10-20 years to build up along the route. But it gives people options of where to live and the type of living they wish to do.

I’m just sick of whingers who can’t offer any positive contributions and are happy to believe all sorts of non factual rubbish from right wing media sources, turn once off events into large scale dramas and then somehow convert it to an undisputable fact.

Worse still, if the liberals were not emulating Abbotts Dr No persona and supported light rail, you instantly find a larger portion of Canberra change their minds, all because of politics rather than facts. Instead the liberals have Tuggeranong residents fooled into thinking they are going to build them infrastructure galore. I’m 99% sure we’ll get either a Labor government or another one term liberal government. I’ve voted liberals many times in the past, but this negativity and divisiveness that has crept into Australian politics is ridiculous. Then all the sheep do their bidding in forums!

If you read the other most recent posts I have made about light rail you will realize that I am not against it altogether so to call me a right wing whinger gives you no credibility to make any comments about the subject matter at all.
There is absolutely nothing positive for the betterment of Canberra in the plan to introduce light rail no matter what spin you or any of your apologist mates put on it. If there was, I would be out there campaigning for it too.
It’s interesting to note that some of the high profile supporters of light rail have gone very quiet recently.

Masquara 5:46 pm 01 Mar 16

dungfungus said :

There are places that light rail can work but Canberra is not one of them and it will never be.

It does beg the question: with Gungahlinites having a history of being hardcore drivers, to the extent that traffic plans that previously expected them to embrace public transport were a complete failure, will they hop on the train rather than take the SUV to wherever they want to go? You’d wonder. This project should have commenced (if at all) with light rail from the airport with a loop around the Parliamentary Triangle and then to Defence and to the city. Paid for largely by the Snows, thanks!

watto23 5:33 pm 01 Mar 16

dungfungus said :

Here are details of another light rail project being considered in Michigan USA:
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/public_will_help_shape_vision.html
In many ways it is similar to Canberra’s Capital metro Agency’s dream and they even have the local university as leading cheerleaders.
The pricing is similar but the anticipated daily use by 30,000 + passengers is where Canberra’s proposal gets left alone like the proverbial shag on a rock.
Why doesn’t Barr and Corbell bite the bullet and can the tram before they bankrupt the Territory?

Because the point of the tram is to build high density along the route, providing a place for people to live and not need to own a car. You will never ever understand this because you are stuck in your views and opinions. You would be the first to complain if something of moderate density got built somewhere near where you live.

I agree its expensive. I also think there is no way all of Canberra will ever get light rail. It will take 10-20 years to build up along the route. But it gives people options of where to live and the type of living they wish to do.

I’m just sick of whingers who can’t offer any positive contributions and are happy to believe all sorts of non factual rubbish from right wing media sources, turn once off events into large scale dramas and then somehow convert it to an undisputable fact.

Worse still, if the liberals were not emulating Abbotts Dr No persona and supported light rail, you instantly find a larger portion of Canberra change their minds, all because of politics rather than facts. Instead the liberals have Tuggeranong residents fooled into thinking they are going to build them infrastructure galore. I’m 99% sure we’ll get either a Labor government or another one term liberal government. I’ve voted liberals many times in the past, but this negativity and divisiveness that has crept into Australian politics is ridiculous. Then all the sheep do their bidding in forums!

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