Simon Corbell has taken the time to explain the virtues of Capital Metro, aka light rail:
Light rail is the best choice for responding to projected population growth rates in the Gungahlin to City corridor, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
The increase in population in the Gungahlin to City corridor by 2031, on a business as usual scenario, is expected to be 28% (excluding the City centre) and 162% in the City centre itself. This equates to 14,261 more people living in the corridor, and 5447 more people living in the City by 2031.
The number of jobs in the corridor is also expected to significantly increase. Current employment in the corridor, including the City centre, is 81,400. This is projected to increase to 104,650, or 23,250 more jobs, in the corridor by 2031.
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“These high rates of population and employment location growth show why it is so important for the government to take a long term view on the best public transport solution,” Mr Corbell said.
The development of the Capital Metro project is also expected to drive population and jobs growth in the corridor beyond business as usual projections.