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Home Features Tram line to nowhere? Canberra Metro boss makes the case
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DEPARTMENTSCapital Metro Agency, Productivity Commission
TAGS Canberra, Emma Thomas, Gungahlin, Light rail, Public transport, Sustainable transport, Tram
Canberra will love its new tram line, its architect insists, even if they don’t know it yet. The Mandarin explores the case with the public servant leading the charge.
The initial stage of an ambitious scheme to link Canberra’s town centres with light rail has attracted a lot of criticism. But Capital Metro Agency director-general Emma Thomas is confident the trams will do more than just get people from A to B.
The controversial 12km line between the city and the northern town centre of Gungahlin also fits into a series of major infrastructure projects proposed by the ACT government as part of a bold vision to transform the capital. Proponents have faith the trams will bring wider benefits to the city.
“If you look, there’s just cities everywhere that are doing this and it’s not just about the transport,” Thomas told The Mandarin, echoing the government’s arguments about future-proofing the city, which is projected to have 600,000 residents by 2050.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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