On a chilly zero degree Sunday morning Committee members of ACT Light Rail arrived at the Jamison Trash and Treasure markets in Belconnen. We were there to talk about the 'all of Canberra' benefits of light rail and integrated transport with members of the public that aren't along the Capital Metro stage one corridor, and who may not be engaged in the public transport policy debate. And to give away stickers and buttons supporting light rail.
Stickers old (top) and new (bottom)
The cardboard trams were a hit with the kids.
Deputy Chair Ian Ruecroft and Committee Member Robert Knight
Former Chair and current Committee Member Mark Loney instructing in the fine arts of cardboard tram assembly
Our table of information - stickers, buttons, Capital Metro mythbuster cards (popular), cardboard trams and route maps.
The morning was a resounding success. Many people asked us questions and we managed to provide factual information that allayed concerns about the project. It is clear that people are looking a a reason to support light rail. They have also absorbed some of the anti light rail rhetoric, but when introduced to the facts (the Mythbuster cards are great) they do come around. Of course, we encountered many disinterested people and a few anti light rail people, but overwhelmingly it was a positive experience.
It was also great to meet some of the nearly 500 members of the 'Light Rail for Canberra' Facebook group.
Jamison in Belconnen was chosen because it isn't along the Capital Metro corridor. We will be going to other places across Canberra to do more promotion of light rail. If you know an event that would suit us, please leave a comment or send us an email.
For more frequent updates on Capital Metro and light rail related news, please visit our Facebook page 'Light Rail for Canberra'.