Today Simon Corbell announced that the ALP had committed to light rail.
He said that 'light rail was the best choice for Canberra'.
The election policy is that the Government will commit $30 million for a series of studies, with an aim to begin construction no later than 2016, and have it up and running by 2018.
The ALP are in favour of a private public partnership. Minister Corbell has had a series of meetings with large international companies experienced in running transit networks. The talks have been focused on these companies building and potentially running that network.
The first link will be from Gungahlin to Northbourne, and will be called 'Capital Metro'.
This is an exciting transport policy announcement, but it must be remembered that the ALP has had four years to propose and announce funding - yet it waits until an election campaign to announce funding for a study. The four year time frame for 'studies' is also disappointing. That takes the actual construction phase to six years from now. There is another territory election in four years.
Some details are available online in this Canberra Times article.
ACT Light Rail will be keenly looking for further detail.
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- Light Rail Master Plan - Network proposal 2015
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- Support for Light Rail
- Canberra and its New Towns - Maps from 1971
- ACT Transport Studies
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- Media Articles on Light Rail
- Who are ACT Light Rail?
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