As part of the formal Parliamentary Agreement between Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury, ACT Labor has agreed to support or implement the following initiatives regarding public transport in the ACT:

  • Progress a light rail network for Canberra by:
    • Establishing a statutory independent authority to implement the light rail project and associated development in the corridor;
    • undertaking the necessary design studies, preparatory works, financing, procurement and tendering arrangements, with a traget date for the laying of tracks for the first route commencing in 2016;
    • creating a Canberra wide light rail network master plan.
  • Over four years, provide at least an additional $24 million to fund new and improved bus routes (in addition to commitments to a centenary loop), including:
    • more frequent buses to and from Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin, Weston Creek and Woden suburbs;
    • measures to address overcrowding on current routes;
    • improved school bus services (including an ACT wide school transport study).
  • Build new ‘park and rides’ and ‘bike and rides’ at Erindale, Southern Athllon Drive, central Gungahlin, Weston Creek and Molonglo.

Additionally, ACT Labor commits to:

  • Improve public transport provision in the ACT by establishing the ACT’s first large-scale private sector partnership to plan, finance and develop the first stage of a Light Rail Network for Canberra – Capital Metro.
  • Continue to invest in and expand ACTION bus networks on the rapid routes and other routes of high demand.
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