Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government seeks public input for light rail design study

THE ACT Government is seeking public input to a preliminary design study for the Capital Metro light rail project, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, Simon Corbell, announced last week.

Mr Corbell said the Light Rail Integration Study will examine issues associated with integrating the light rail corridor from Gungahlin to the City with the broader public transport network, as well as the requirements of intermodal stations and stops along the route.

"The Light Rail Integration Study is an essential piece of work that will inform the detailed design of the Capital Metro Project. It is part of the suite of preliminary design studies that are now being undertaken as a priority for the new Capital Metro Agency," Mr Corbell said.

According to the government, the first stage of the Light Rail Integration Study will identify and evaluate options for:

  • Integrating light rail with the ACTION bus network, and the pedestrian and bicycle path networks;
  • Bike and ride locations, kiss and ride locations (drop off points) and park and ride locations; and
  • Preferred light rail stop locations to optimise accessibility and integration.

Mr Corbell said the Capital Metro Agency wants to understand what the community thinks about a range of issues, including potential locations for light rail stops, the amenities people would like to see at the stops, and whether people would prefer to park their bicycle at the stops or take them with them on the light rail vehicle.

More information about the consultation process, including public information sessions and an online survey, is available from the Capital Metro website at <http://www.capitalmetro.act.gov.au/>. Consultation closes on 15 November 2013.

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