21 May 2012

We're all mad keen for a Gungahlin Busway?

| johnboy
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Simon Corbell is well known for his enthusiasm for busways.

Today he’s pushing survey data which shows we should get one to Gungahlin.

“Around two-thirds of the population believe Light Rail Transit or Bus Rapid Transit should be introduced with only one in eight indicating that the current arrangements are acceptable.

“While Light Rail Transit was chosen over Bus Rapid Transit by 68.5 per cent of people surveyed before knowing the cost of each project, this figure fell to just under half (45.8%) with the preference for Bus Rapid Transit rising to about the same level (46.5%) once the likely costs were revealed.”

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I checked out one of the public displays for the transport public info session. There was a small board for voting on one of 4 options (bus outside lane or median strip, Light rail outside lane or median strip). Light rail was clearly the most popular choice. By far the least popular option (a bus one) was the recommended by some consultant….

I love the fact that, while things like this keep coming out, we are in the midst of building a new group of suburbs out at stromlo, and the opportunity of build (or at least plan for) dedicated rights of way seems to have been neglected.

BicycleCanberra10:56 am 21 May 12

As Canberra is an affluent city It seems we can’t accept anything less than light rail. I support Bus Rapid Transit because of the cost benefit analysis. Don’t forget we’re not just talking the Gungahlin city corridor here. The Cost for the city wide network is $2 Billion for light rail and BRT would be a quarter of the cost. If we spent all the money on Light rail there would be any for Bicycle ways footpaths and other infrastructure like swimming pools , sporting facilities. BRT looks good to me.

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