Overview of the Capital Metro Project
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Overview of the Capital Metro Project

September 28, 2019

Canberra is a place of big ideas. As Australia’s
capital city, we look to lead. We’re always looking for imaginative solutions
to local, regional, national and global challenges. Capital Metro is a light rail project that
will transform Canberra. The first stage of a Canberra wide network
will run from the centre of the city along Northbourne Avenue to the northern suburb
of Gungahlin. Capital Metro will offer convenient, safe and sustainable transport while creating
substantial community value through the modernising of infrastructure and property development
along the route. When you think of Canberra you think of a
capital city like other great capitals of the world; Ottawa in Canada; you think
of Washington DC. All of the capitals around the world are very keen on moving people around
and because they are a centre of government they do tend to attract a lot of visitors,
a lot of business visitors, a lot of tourists to those centres. The great glue in just about every world city
is fine public transport. Really tremendous public transport that’s efficient, that’s quick,
that goes where you want to go, that’s a pleasure to ride on, that you don’t have to wait too
long. We’re on the cusp of something really amazing
in Canberra and I think there’s a generation of Canberrans who are very, very…they’re
tremendously excited about what’s in store. As we enter our second century and the city
continues to prosper, we need to focus on the right solutions for Canberra. Capital Metro is delivering Canberra’s first
light rail system. The government has committed to light rail, having tracks in the ground
by the middle of 2016, and Capital Metro Agency is the agency that’s delivering that vision
for the government. Light rail is perfectly suited to Canberra;
we’ve got these grass centres of the road and it was actually designed to have it that
way. I think Walter Burley Griffin had always had
that design plan in mind that rail, some form of rail, would connect our communities. He was ahead of his time and he was ahead
of his time in so many respects, but he recognised that on the major approach roads such as Northbourne
Avenue and other major avenues that you needed to have the generosity of space to accommodate
whatever that form of transport was. Capital Metro is a solution to one of Canberra’s
future challenges. Everybody is aware the congestion is crippling
our cities, the costs, the own governments cost is fifteen billion dollars a year against
the Australian economy, the cost of congestion. Everywhere we’ve seen in the cities people
no longer want to sit in their cars in great long car parks, they want to use public transport
networks. No matter where we go and where we discuss rail today in Australia light
rail comes up in the conversation. The Capital Metro project will apply state
of the art technology and create thousands of jobs during construction. It’s far more than the public transport story,
it’s what light rail does to the areas around where light rail is built. Rather than just thinking of the Northbourne
Avenue corridor you need to think of a total plan for Canberra. It is important from the outset that we have
a sense of what we’re trying to create. What are the opportunities and what are the values
not just in monetary terms but also in social terms, in environmental terms. As this first stage of light rail is being
implemented by Capital Metro, the ACT Government is doing wider studies to determine where,
when and how light rail will be extended to the rest of Canberra. It is changing the way we live; the long term
vision is saying what’s the city we are going to give our children in the future? It’s not
what’s here today, because what’s here today is not sustainable, we have to change and
light rail in particular is one of the mediums that will help that change. The Capital Metro project will rejuvenate
Northbourne Avenue and the City and forms part of several major urban renewal ventures
including the City to the Lake project – the world class urban waterfront precinct that
extends the city centre towards Lake Burley Griffin and connects it to its central parklands. One of the things that’s so exciting about Canberra
right now, is that there’s so much opportunity for the city as a whole and the City to Lake
is inspiring so many people’s dreams; the idea that you could create so much more residence
around the lakeside and then a whole avenue of leisure so that people spend more of their
leisure time down at the lake. Capital Metro and City to the Lake are intrinsically
linked, there’s almost a symbiotic relationship there that one breathes life into the other. We have learnt lessons from the past and have
now set the course for a sustainable city that lives comfortably within its beautiful
environment. With a world class public transport system,
tree-lined avenues, and active, connected communities. A city that will welcome people from across
Australia and around the world. A city dedicated to sustainable transport
and economic development. Canberra – A city of brilliant possibilities.


  • Reply Carlo Hilton November 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Great idea and great video! 

  • Reply John Dennis January 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I was in Canberra recently and thought Northbourne Avenue would be a great place for light rail… and then I found this. It's like they read my mind!

  • Reply Jsurfer000 August 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I live in the City of Sydney and I think Canberra is a very beautiful place. I hope your light rail takes off :-).

  • Reply Peter Sokolowskyj May 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    more dreamers ain't the state government broke wheres the money coming from

  • Reply bess1953 October 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Pity their taking money away from Disabilities to do it!

  • Reply Mark-Leon Thorne November 25, 2016 at 7:54 am

    This really does feel like the missing piece of the Canberra puzzle. I lived in Canberra for four years and the city has been needing this since the day of inception. It's about time. I want to move back there now.

  • Reply Marco Polo December 22, 2016 at 5:35 am

    This is all well and good, but why does Canberra still feel like only 3 people live there at any given time? lol, start making those urban activation precincts already and breathe new life into the city center.

  • Reply dj k December 23, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Canberra where new houses are small and unaffordable, more living space for gum trees than for people, nothing to do on the weekends but go to the shops and not find a place to park and art work for the highways. Canberra the town that thinks its a city. Google US real estate in the suburbs and and see what you get for $500,000, Canberra get ready for million dollar shipping containers…..but trendy urban of course.

  • Reply Wong CW December 28, 2016 at 4:55 am

    By any measure, Canberra is bigger than Singapore and slightly smaller than Hong Kong. However the population is very small in comparison. So the chances of Canberra being able to support a mass transit rail system is very slim indeed. I'd like to think that this system is as "rail" as Canberra can get. So all the best and hope it will grow into the charming part ofCanberra that the trams are in Melbourne.

  • Reply poida December 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm


  • Reply Youlick Atumor April 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    yet in 2017 we still don't have this shit

  • Reply Bennett Bennett November 9, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Its good cause the government can kick out all the poor people along the route to other parts of Canberra. Right? Thats been sorted. Stop being so poor…

  • Reply Doggo Floof December 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I heard the news lately, and we have had the first tram shipped to Canberra, if you want it or not, It’s officially happening.

  • Reply Max T March 6, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Canberra is still a boring and freezing hole. Shame the left wing government there does little for public safety

  • Reply Пётр Солнцев September 19, 2018 at 6:03 am

    ах мечты мечты,сделай потом показывай или хотя бы что стройка началась

  • Reply Tony McCarthy January 16, 2019 at 3:24 am

    A shame it wasn't built 40 years earlier when it was proposed. I first moved to Canberra in 1967 and it was being talked about then. Not everyone lives around Gungahlin.

  • Reply CableConnector April 15, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Why not Woden?

  • Reply Prof Gordon Land April 21, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    500 Thousand residents??? Wishful thinking! It is just as little as 400 Thousand! The entire Light Rail debacle is a waste of money. Canberra has a fleet of excellent mostly fully air-conditioned buses and without a question, this is the best public bus-fleet in Australia. Nevertheless, the buses are often up to 90% empty and after 1900 hrs 100% empty. On weekends when one would like to use a bus they are as good as not available and the one-hour term timetable making it awkward for the traveller. Canberra residents are using their cars as if one wants a bus there is none. The buses are also unreliable as they are often too early or too late making it difficult to keep appointments on time. – The light rail will suffer soon just like the superb buses from very little usage. I am sure the light rail will have a timetable that only suits the government and not the traveller. I make the prediction that the first three or four months the Canberra light rail will have good usage. Later the passenger numbers will be dwindling down just as it happens to the buses, travelling at low capacity or empty. — The billions of dollars for a useless light rail could have been spent better on schools and especially on hospitals. Waiting times at Canberra Hospital exceed often three years and the emergency waiting time is the worst in Australia it is 46 minutes as to statistics. Does the Labour government think that the light rail will change the mismanagement of the infrastructure and the generally good bus traffic facility available? Do we really need such an expense in a city that is not recognised by most people anywhere in the world as a capital city? It is ridiculous to believe the statement that the 'light rail will make Canberra acceptable' as a capital city of Australia? – Never!!! Ask worldwide about the name of the Capital City of Australia and everybody will say 'Sydney' or 'Melbourne'. Canberra is public servants paradise and has nothing in common with the capitals of the world. The excuse that it is a 'Bush Capital' is just a joke. The climate conditions are atrocious, stinking hot during the summertime and freezing cold in winter. – My diplomatic friends having to live in Canberra often ask me what they have done to be transferred to this unfriendly city. Some of them told me it seems to be a kind of punishment. There is no opera, only an outdated second class theatre, no symphony hall or orchestra or ballet. Music performances are by artists mostly aged over 80 or near to it either outdated or unknown to the generations under 60. Yes, there are some museums in Canberra if you like museums or art galleries. It is not a pleasant capital city it is just a public servants paradise with or without light rail it makes not much of a difference.

  • Reply Shopaholic undisputed heavy weight champion May 20, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Such an odd choice for a capital city !!! Looks like no one lives there !!

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