TOOT TOOT! Labor promises light rail and names it “Capital Metro”

johnboy 21 September 2012 76

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Angels and Ministers of Grace preserve us Katy Gallagher is committing Labor to light rail:

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will establish the ACT’s first large-scale private sector partnership to plan, finance and develop the first stage of a Light Rail Network for Canberra – the Capital Metro.

[Photo by Justin Ruckman CC BY 2.0]


UPDATE 21/09/12 10:50 Chic Henry has shared his thoughts and we’ll all be rooned:

So far, Labour hasn’t shown that it is very good at the business basics and if they aren’t careful, they and the dreamtime (Greentime) aspirations of their Green associates will send the City broke.


UPDATE 21/09/12 12:34: Two more reactions:

1. The Greens are chalking this up to their leadership.

2. Carbon emissions advocates Canberra Loves 40% also love Canberra Metro but want to hear from the Liberals.


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davo101 davo101 9:27 am 21 Sep 12

Ah, so that’s the plan to triple our rates–not so secret now.

Cheap Cheap 9:27 am 21 Sep 12

Is light rail really all that faster than bus? It’s still travelling down roads and having to stop at traffic lights, no?

jase! jase! 9:34 am 21 Sep 12

can’t really see this happening but if it does then run it past the airport, hell do a deal with nsw and get our friends across the border on board too

poetix poetix 9:38 am 21 Sep 12

We’ll probably be sued by the French for misuse of the word metro.

kevin22 kevin22 9:46 am 21 Sep 12

Election is looming, and Labor promise something they cannot deliver. I can’t see this will take off for another 10 years. No thanks Labor, I prefer Rapid Transit version better.

stillflying stillflying 9:50 am 21 Sep 12

I think it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Thumper Thumper 10:03 am 21 Sep 12

Angels and Ministers of Grace preserve us Katy Gallagher is committing Labor to light rail:

They are worried, very worried.

kakosi kakosi 10:03 am 21 Sep 12

It was on the Burley Griffin original plan for Canberra…but then again on that plan it says “casino” around the spot the war memorial currently stands 🙂

I’d prefer a hospital system that doesn’t have a 50/50 chance of killing or disabling you when you go in for simple procedures or even the flu.

arescarti42 arescarti42 10:10 am 21 Sep 12

I’ll believe it when I see it.

mmillercfp mmillercfp 10:10 am 21 Sep 12

It will be interesting to see the proposals for the private sector partnership develop.

There are a number of institutions, and members of the public, with the capital to contribute to these sorts of projects if it is structured appropriately.

    johnboy johnboy 10:18 am 21 Sep 12

    For some reason it comes to mind that the US built its first railways by giving the private partners all the land surrounding the tracks.

stillflying stillflying 10:25 am 21 Sep 12

kakosi said :

I’d prefer a hospital system that doesn’t have a 50/50 chance of killing or disabling you when you go in for simple procedures or even the flu.

You are exaggerating. Which most Australians seem incapable of understanding is that our healthcare system is actually pretty bloody good, as are our hospitals. The staff there work under many pressures and do so amazingly.

Also, if you are going into the hospital when you have the flu, you are part of the problem. Hospitals are for emergencies and the really sick. If you’re sick go to your GP, drink lots of fluids and stay in bed, don’t bog the hospital up.

Reprobate Reprobate 10:27 am 21 Sep 12

Sigh. One full page of breathless announcements about light rail for Gungahlin and buses in Belco, but Tuggeranong? Woden to Erindale and Tuggeranong inprovements may be “an option for the second and subsequent stages”.

Nice.

mmillercfp mmillercfp 10:29 am 21 Sep 12

johnboy said :

For some reason it comes to mind that the US built its first railways by giving the private partners all the land surrounding the tracks.

I suspect a few of the body corporates along Northbourne Ave would object to this option!

Mysteryman Mysteryman 10:37 am 21 Sep 12

So in 11 years they’ve done sweet FA to get light rail going, but one month out from the election they expect us to believe that it’s a priority for them and they’ll actually deliver it?

Get real, Katy. Not buying it.

steveu steveu 10:48 am 21 Sep 12

Reprobate said :

Sigh. One full page of breathless announcements about light rail for Gungahlin and buses in Belco, but Tuggeranong? Woden to Erindale and Tuggeranong inprovements may be “an option for the second and subsequent stages”.

Nice.

Simple. Lets vote them out. I too am growing weary of all the money being thrown to the northside to buy votes whilst they ignore the southside. And no, a 30 year plan to sell off the tuggeranong lakeside area isnt gonna cut it.

Thumper Thumper 10:48 am 21 Sep 12

Mysteryman said :

So in 11 years they’ve done sweet FA to get light rail going, but one month out from the election they expect us to believe that it’s a priority for them and they’ll actually deliver it?

Get real, Katy. Not buying it.

This.

Innovation Innovation 10:50 am 21 Sep 12

Did they ever provide details of their preliminary costings? If there is such a distinct price gap between bus and light rail (which I doubt) how can they now justify light rail? And another three (plus) years to implement including another study and who knows how many more years before other areas are connected if ever? If they were spade ready now I would have been much happier.

On the other hand the private partnership looks like a good idea. Presumably drivers (or controllers if the whole thing is automated) will be private employees and the heavily subsidised ACTION will be relegated to just driving in and out of suburbs to the nearest rail stop. They won’t need very big buses then.

I think Zed commented on the radio this morning that he felt there was a large number of apathetic voters. I wonder if, rather than apathetic, he meant disillusioned………

shirty_bear shirty_bear 10:52 am 21 Sep 12

Reprobate said :

Woden to Erindale and Tuggeranong inprovements may be “an option for the second and subsequent stages”.

I can see it already – will be a whole separate line. With a different gauge track.

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 10:53 am 21 Sep 12

johnboy said :

For some reason it comes to mind that the US built its first railways by giving the private partners all the land surrounding the tracks.

Wasn’t that called an incentive?

JessP JessP 10:54 am 21 Sep 12

Thumper said :

Angels and Ministers of Grace preserve us Katy Gallagher is committing Labor to light rail:

They are worried, very worried.

arescarti42 said :

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Mysteryman said :

So in 11 years they’ve done sweet FA to get light rail going, but one month out from the election they expect us to believe that it’s a priority for them and they’ll actually deliver it?

Get real, Katy. Not buying it.

Election? Soon? Really??

Jeez…imagine how high our rates will need to be for this!!

Bye bye Katy

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