Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Northbourne Avenue study update - BRT ever closer

Just once I'd like to read the report BEFORE the media release with the spin the government wants put on it, is reported as 'news'.

The latest update on the Northbourne Avenue study has been released. I'm yet to see the actual report the media release is based on, and I'd lay money that the Canberra Times hasn't either. 

Artists impression of a light rail vehicle travelling down Northbourne Avenue. Image from the Canberra Times. 

Although this seems positive for Light Rail, recall the parameters the government placed on the Gungahlin to Civic transport study - placing an unreachable passenger per hour figure on the light rail option.

I will be reading the actual report as soon as I can download it.

Some highlights from the latest media release:

Transport plan could halve commute to Civic

April 18, 2012  Lisa Cox

Environment Minister Simon Corbell will also announce initial costs for the construction of both light rail and bus rapid transit along the corridor.
The government's modelling shows that bus rapid transit would cut morning peak hour delays for motorists from 16 minutes to eight minutes. The light rail option would reduce that delay even further to six minutes.
Currently, an average trip along the southbound corridor takes drivers 26 minutes during the morning peak, while for buses it's 28. Rapid transit would travel along the route in under 15 minutes, creating an incentive for motorists to switch to public transport.
''What our analysis shows is that we can significantly reduce congestion, improve people's travel times and provide better transport choices for people with either RBT or light rail on the Gungahlin to city corridor,'' Mr Corbell said.

Mr Corbell will also provide the government's early estimates for what each option will cost.
Canberrans will be asked to have their say on the different proposals during a five to six-week consultation process.
Mr Corbell said planning and construction of either rapid bus transit or light rail would be a five to seven-year process.

''This is the most detailed economic and engineering analysis that's ever been done in the city of rapid bus transit and light rail,'' he said.

No need to read the report Corbell has already decided buses:

Mr Corbell says the study presents a range of options.
"You can for example develop bus rapid transit and then transition it to light rail over a period of time," he said.
"So you can for example build a bus rapid transit corridor which provides a dedicated right of way, dedicated roadway for the buses separating them from the general traffic. You can build the dedicated bus stations and then convert all of that corridor to light rail at a later point in time when it's economically feasible to do so."


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous18.4.12

    Looking forward to seeing the artists impression of two ugly strips of tarmac down the middle of Northbourne Ave.

    I recall hearing that in fact due to the "works" underground on Northbourne Ave light rail was the only realistic option?